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10 Things Only 90’s Kids Remember

Chris Foshee

I bless the rains down in Africa - adjacent to Prowler. 

Communications & social media manager at Worlds of Fun - @ChrisFoshee on Twitter

If you grew up in Kansas City in the 1990s, Worlds of Fun was definitely part of your childhood. Whether you were a park regular or just happened to visit during a field trip, we’ve compiled some sweet nostalgia that will send you back to the days of boy bands, Tamagotchi and so much hair gel!

Those Satisfying 90’s Commercials

There was something special about commercials in the 1990s. It was the golden era of youth advertising after all, and the best ones were always over the top!

Detonator Opening – 1996

It was the mid-nineties and everything was extreme. In 1996, Worlds of Fun introduces Detonator, the first space shot ride with two towers. Do you remember how intimidating this 210-ft giant looked the first time you saw it? 

Worlds of Fun ride Detonator

Spending HOURS inside Pandamonium!

Every generation seems to have its own branded kids area. Nowadays it is Planet Snoopy, previously Camp Snoopy. But if you grew up in the 1990s, you remember spending countless hours with PJ Panda in Pandamonium! or inside Bear Country.

Singing Along With Stax of Wax

Growing up, Stax of Wax was the show at Worlds of Fun. You’d memorize every line, sing-a-long with the cast and pray that your friend got called up on stage.

90’s Park Maps

Park maps were everyone's favorite souvenir, especially since they are free. Who remembers having one of our 1990’s park maps hanging in your room?

Worlds of Fun Park Map from 1995

The Vibe at Oceans of Fun  

When Oceans of Fun opened in the 1980s, it was the biggest waterpark in the world – right in here KCMO. Bright colored bathing suits, making new friends in the wave pool and working up the courage to slide down Diamond Head – like everything else in the ’90s, Oceans of Fun certainly had its own vibe.

The Very First Halloween Events

Over 400 monsters and 13 haunted attractions transform our theme park into a scream park during Halloween Haunt, making it one of Worlds of Fun’s and Kansas City’s most popular event. It wasn’t always this way. You may remember we started dipping our toe into the haunted arts in 1999 with Halloweekends. Three years later, we added Carnival of Carnivorous Clowns and House on Boo Hill. As they say, the rest is history.

Couple’s Rides on Zambezi Zinger

Zambezi Zinger was not only a favorite among thrill seekers, but it was also a popular date ride. Its unique seating gave couples a chance to get close. Not to go into too much detail, but did you hear that Becca and Mark rode the Zinger together? They’re practically a couple now!

Zambezi Zinger at Worlds of Fun

The Introduction of Mamba

Everyone remembers the debut of Mamba – the tallest, longest and fastest ride in the park. Anticipation spread throughout the Heartland as they built the behemoth. At an estimated cost of $10-million, Mamba was the largest investment in the park.  

Hurricane Falls Opens – 1999

As the decade was coming to an end, Napster is going strong; SpongeBob aired its first show and Worlds of Fun kisses the decade goodnight with the addition of Hurricane Falls. It would become an instant favorite at the waterpark.

Hurricane Falls at Oceans of Fun waterpark in kansas city

What is your favorite memory of Worlds of Fun in the 1990s?

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I bless the rains down in Africa - adjacent to Prowler. 

Communications & social media manager at Worlds of Fun - @ChrisFoshee on Twitter

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