Skip to Main Content

Worlds of Fun

Skip to Next Section

The History of Kansas City's Water Park

McKenzie Koppe

This is McKenzie’s fifth season with Cedar Fair Entertainment, and her first in the marketing department. She is a junior at the University of Central Missouri pursuing a major in Digital Media Production with a minor in Public Relations. She's proud to be coaster nerd friendly. 

When she’s not at the park… well, she’s probably at the park.

After years of planning and construction, Oceans of Fun opened on May 31, 1982 as the world’s largest water park. Over its 37-years of operation, the Kansas City water park has become the premiere summertime destination for families in the Heartland. With over 63 acres of beautifully shaded landscape and 17 attractions ranging from mild to wild, planning a visit to Oceans of Fun has been a long-time tradition for millions of fun-loving families.

The Early Days at Oceans of Fun

Owned and operated by Lamar Hunt and Hunt Mid-West, the construction of Oceans of Fun was to be completed as part of Worlds of Fun’s ten-year anniversary. It was an immediate hit, drawing in guests with some of the same classic attractions you can still enjoy today, such as the one-million-gallon Surf City wave pool. Another attraction that continues to bring smiles to guests today is the five-acre lake Buccaneer Bay. When the park first opened the lake was used for spectacular water skiing exhibitions. Nowadays, guests can take a kayak, canoe or Swan paddle boat around the lake free of charge.

At Oceans of Fun’s opening, it was separately gated from Worlds of Fun. The parks were intended to be enjoyed on two separate days with two separate admission tickets. The two parks grew closer in 1992 with the introduction of Monsoon, a water ride that brings guests up 55-feet in a 20-passenger boat and descends with a thrilling double-down drop into a gigantic splash. Monsoon’s location in the middle of the two parks bridged the gap between them with a new entrance. Guests from both parks could access this attraction, regardless of their admission ticket, for a "Same Day Getaway." 

In 2013, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun became conjoined, allowing guests to enjoy both slides and rides throughout the day as they wish. Now entry into Oceans of Fun is included with admission into Worlds of Fun, making it one park, one price.

Oceans of Fun is the only place where you can catch a wave without even leaving the Heartland. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day floating down our lazy river or a thrilling adventure with our collection of world-class slides, be sure to add this Kansas City water park to your list of things to do this summer.

Related Topics:

Share This

McKenzie Koppe

This is McKenzie’s fifth season with Cedar Fair Entertainment, and her first in the marketing department. She is a junior at the University of Central Missouri pursuing a major in Digital Media Production with a minor in Public Relations. She's proud to be coaster nerd friendly. 

When she’s not at the park… well, she’s probably at the park.

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

Sweeten your park experience at the Candy Kitchen!

Located near the front gate; Candy Kitchen makes a wide variety of goodies that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. From fresh fudge to hand-dipped caramel apples, it will be hard to leave without something sweet in your hands.
Read More

New Worlds of Fun Shirt Collection By Charlie Hustle 

They say fashion can be quite cyclical, like a ride on the Skyliner or Zulu. Worlds of Fun recently partnered with Kansas City's Charlie Hustle, the familiar apparel company behind the classic KC heart t-shirts. Together, we created a new collection of tees that celebrate the past and present of our iconic Kansas City amusement park.
Read More

The History of Kansas City's Water Park

After years of planning and construction, Oceans of Fun opened on May 31, 1982 as the world’s largest water park. Over its 37-years of operation, the Kansas City water park has become the premiere summertime destination for families in the Heartland. With over 63 acres of beautifully shaded landscape and 17 attractions ranging from mild to wild, planning a visit to Oceans of Fun has been a long-time tradition for millions of fun-loving families.
Read More

A Delicious World Tour of Grand Carnivale Food

Food is the culmination of culture, and during Grand Carnivale, your tastebuds will be sent on a jetpacking journey around the world. Here's a preview of some of that food you can enjoy!
Read More

National Hot Air Balloon Day

June 5th is National Hot Air Balloon Day. While there seems to be a “holiday” for everything these days, this one is particularly special to Worlds of Fun. Our Kansas City amusement park has rocked the hot air balloon in our logo since we first announced construction in 1971.
Read More

Summer Show Highlight: Space Beagle 

Worlds of Fun's 2019 Summer Live Entertainment has begun and an action packed season awaits! The park features two new shows that are sure to keep audiences of all ages moving and grooving all summer long! Hot Rhythm Nights and Space Beagle offer fresh sights, sounds and stories to the park’s visitors. In particular, Space Beagle has an interesting connection to real events of American space flight that people may not know.
Read More

Oceans of Fun: Dive-In Movies 

Oceans of Fun is introducing its first-ever nighttime experience, Dive-In Movies. The event is exclusive to Gold and Pre-K Passholders and will be a new summer twist on family movie night. Beginning Friday nights from May 31 through June 28, you can lounge in or around Coconut Cove and watch new movies on our inflatable big screen.
Read More

Go Pro At Having Fun: Rides & Lifeguards

Over 64. That’s how many attractions are at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. But in order to enjoy these adrenaline-pumping machines, someone has to operate them. From sending a roller coaster up hundreds of feet in the air to keeping guests safe in Oceans of Fun, our ambassadors keep our park moving.
Read More

New Pigpen's Petting Farm

A new attraction is opening in Planet Snoopy this summer. Pigpen’s Petting Farm will give guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of barnyard friends.
Read More

Military Days and Military Discounts at Worlds of Fun

Our team is proud to offer military appreciation days and military discounts at Worlds of Fun. Check out select days for complimentary admission for military members, as well as military discounts throughout the season at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun.
Read More