Skip to Main Content

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun announces important updates regarding the rest of the 2020 Season. Learn More.

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

Farewell Diamond Head, Aloha Riptide Raceway

Last summer, we announced that we would be removing Diamond Head in Oceans of Fun to make room for the all-new Riptide Raceway, which will be the world’s longest mat racing slide when it debuts at our beloved waterpark in Kansas City this summer.
Read More

Worlds of Snow: Picture Gallery 

The gates are closed, and while we wait for your favorite Kansas City attractions to return this spring, we figured we’d take this opportunity to showcase the handsomeness of our charming park with a unique look inside a frosty Worlds of Fun.
Read More

Offseason Ride Maintenance 

What goes on at amusement parks when they are closed? You may not think it, but the off-season is a busy time for those lucky enough to work in the industry. From January to April, much of our time is spent preparing for the upcoming season performing offseason ride maintenance.
Read More

The Ultimate Artisan Shopping Experience at WinterFest

Worlds of Fun’s WinterFest is the perfect compilation of all the holiday traditions! With ice skating, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, festive treats and more lights than you can imagine, there’s no shortage of things to do in the park. One of my favorite things about WinterFest is its artisan shops featuring small businesses from the area.
Read More

Holiday Activities at Worlds of Fun's WinterFest

We are now in the final countdown to Christmas and New Year’s! December has absolutely blown by and now your opportunities to experience Worlds of Fun’s WinterFest is narrowing down. As you finally decide to make holiday plans with your family, it can be stressful trying to get all of your holiday traditions into this one month. Luckily for us, WinterFest makes it easy with over 10 holiday activities to partake in during one visit.
Read More

Worlds of Fun to Partner with Sporting KC and The Victory Project During WinterFest

Worlds of Fun and Sporting KC are teaming up this holiday season with a new charitable partnership. During WinterFest, the Kansas City amusement park is raising awareness and funds in support of The Victory Project, the Major League Soccer club’s foundation.
Read More

What Rides Will Be Open During WinterFest?

In addition to all of the seasonal festivities, the park will also feature up to 30 rides to complete your night of memory making. See which rides are set to be open at this year's WinterFest at Worlds of Fun.
Read More

Delicious 2019 WinterFest Food Additions

While the millions of lights, high-energy shows and festive family activities make this annual celebration stand out, guests also look forward to the special holiday style menu and food offerings throughout the park. Each season, our culinary team shows out with numerous selections of crafted creations that are exclusive to WinterFest.
Read More

The Grandest Holiday Event in Kansas City – WinterFest

If you haven’t experienced Worlds of Fun’s magical wonderland and Kansas City's largest collection of lights and holiday decor, here’s a quick guide to some of the fanciful experience that awaits during WinterFest!
Read More

New Oceans of Fun Slide to Set World Record

Riptide Raceway, a new slide complex coming to Oceans of Fun in 2020, will be the longest mat racing slide in the world.
Read More