Associate Spotlight

We are proud of our Associates who deliver Best Day Experiences every day.  Learn about some of our amazing Associates and their experiences in our weekly Associate Spotlight!

Associate Spotlight


Emily joined the Worlds of Fun team in 2013 as a Performer in the Moulin Rouge.  She performed in Country Junction during the 2014 and 2015 season before returning to the Moulin Rouge for the 2016 season.

Emily's favorite part of her position is performing for an audience.  She says that she likes making others happy through her performance and getting to know her cast members.  The hardest part of the job for her is trying not to forget her words!

In 2016, Emily was recognized with a Worlds of Fun Scholarship.  She is attending the University of Central Missouri where she is majoring in Business Management and minoring in Theater.  Her goal is to be a Live Entertainment Manager at an amusement park.  She says that she loves seeing the creative process that her managers at Worlds of Fun go through.

Travis joined the Worlds of Fun team in 2015 as an Information Systems Technician.  In this role, he is responsible for assisting the Information Systems Manager and Systems Administrator with installing and supporting all computer systems in the park.  Travis has a passion for all things Worlds of Fun and technology, so this position was a natural fit for him.

Travis says he loves working around the rides and seeing guests having their Best Day.  He says Worlds of Fun is like a second home and he considers his co-workers to be part of his family.  His future career goal is to be an IT Manager in an amusement park or entertainment venue.  His current role has given him experience in that environment as well as general infrastructure and systems utilized in this field.

If you're thinking about joining the Worlds of Fun team, Travis passes along advice he received from his manager... "Hold on tight, because it's going to be a wild season!"
Abbie Shadid

Abbie joined the Worlds of Fun team in 2010 as a Games Associate. She was promoted to Team Lead, Supervisor, Area Supervisor and finally Operations Supervisor for the 2016 season.

Abbie was referred by her older sister who worked in another department at Worlds of Fun. She loves the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people. She says everyone brings different skills and abilities to the table and she enjoys training, working alongside and getting to know each person in her department.

Abbie says her experience at Worlds of Fun has helped her refine her guest service abilities. She recommends applicants be themselves and be ready to have fun. She says it’s still a job, but we pride ourselves on having a fun atmosphere.
Rick McKernan

Rick first joined the Worlds of Fun team in 2007 where he worked in Live Entertainment. He joined the Worlds of Fun Village team in 2013 as a Supervisor and was promoted to Operations Supervisor last season. In his role, Rick is responsible for supervising all aspects of the Worlds of Fun Village, including housekeeping and front desk.

Several of Rick’s family members have worked at Worlds of Fun over the years and a family friend told him about the opportunities available at the Worlds of Fun Village. He says one of the most difficult parts of his job is making sure his team has a broad knowledge base of local attractions, restaurants, shopping areas and other necessities outside of worlds of Fun. Working at the Worlds of Fun Village gives him the opportunity to meet guests from all across the United States, which he loves.

Rick says that learning to provide excellent customer service can be valuable in any career path. He has learned that while our goal is to provide a Best Day Experience to every guest, this can mean different things to different people.

Rick’s advice for those thinking about working at Worlds of Fun… do your homework on Worlds of Fun and Kansas City before your interview.
Jordan Jones

Jordan started in 2012 as a Lifeguard and was promoted to Team Lead for the 2015 season. He also works at Halloween Haunt after Oceans of Fun closes. In 2015, he was the Supervisor at Lore of the Vampire.

He is being recognized by his division for outstanding leadership both at the Wave Pool and at Lore of the Vampire.

Jordan enjoys the responsibility for ensuring our guests are safe and happy at Oceans of Fun. His role at Oceans of Fun has improved his leadership qualities and his ability to handle stressful situations. He believes these skills will serve him well in his professional career.
 Malcolm Whitelaw

Malcolm joined the Security team at Worlds of Fun in 2015. He worked in Food & Beverage during the 2007-2009 seasons. His leadership abilities were recognized early on and he was promoted mid-season to Team Lead.

He saw this as an opportunity to gain work experience and earn internship credit at college. He loves the opportunity to help guests have a positive, memorable experience in the park.

Thinking about applying for Security? He says this role has improved his communication and problem-solving skills and these skills will be valuable in any career field.
 Justen was an Admissions Associate during the 2014 and 2015 season. As a resident of Kansas City, he knew the park had a family-friendly environment. He joined the team, because he thought working at Worlds of Fun would be a lot of FUN!

He enjoys the opportunity to interact with our guests. He says their happiness and positivity is infectious. He feels that he has learned a lot about customer service and cash handling in his current role and these skills will serve him well in future jobs.

Want to be part of the Admissions team? Justen says he has found the job to be very rewarding.
 Celena started at Oceans of Fun in 2014 as an Aquatics Attendant and became a lifeguard in 2015. After Oceans of Fun closes, she is part of Halloween Haunt. In 2014, she was an actor at Zombie High and was promoted to Lead at Carnevil for the 2015 season.

She liked the idea of working in a waterpark for her first job. She says the weather can be crazy, but she enjoys the relationships she builds with her team.

Celena credits Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun with helping her develop her leadership skills. She says it can be challenging to manage people and she has learned to support her team and give them credit when they do good work.
 Rileigh joined the Worlds of Fun team in 2014 as a Ride Operator. She was promoted to Rides Team Lead in July 2015. In this role, she is responsible for leading the Ride Operations team in Planet Snoopy.

She was attracted to Worlds of Fun, because it was a fun place to work and she wanted to make new friends. She says working outdoors in the heat and cold can be challenging, but she loves the relationships she has built with her crew.

Working at Worlds of Fun helped Rileigh to develop customer service skills and to become more outgoing and friendly. She says working in Ride Operations is a lot of work, but can also be a lot of fun… You just have to stay positive!
 Lynda started working at Worlds of Fun in 2015. She began the year as a Supervisor at Coasters and was promoted later in the season to Operations Supervisor.

Initially, she saw this as an opportunity to earn extra money, but she found that she loved the family atmosphere and working with her co-workers. She enjoys being able to guide and develop other associates using her past experiences and knowledge. She believes the training she has received in her position has helped her to grow as a manager.

Lynda’s advice to those thinking about a position in Food & Beverage… Learn from those who have worked the position previously and be open to new ways of doing things.
 Mary worked at Worlds of Fun as a teenager and returned as a Merchandise Sales Associate for the 2013 – 2015 seasons. Mary’s managers say she brings wisdom and enthusiasm to the Merchandise team and serves as a role model for her co-workers.

Mary enjoys the fun atmosphere and says she loves helping lots of guests have a great time! She says working at Worlds of Fun has made her a happy person and helps her to constantly learn new things.

Thinking about working in Merchandise? Mary says you should try it, because it is a great experience and there is lots of flexibility with scheduling.

Nina has been part of the Worlds of Fun team for two seasons, first as a Ride Operator and this year as a Park Services Attendant. In her current position, she is responsible for keeping the park clean and being a resource to our guests.

Nina applied, because she wanted a new challenge that would provide an opportunity to improve herself. She feels more prepared to take on new situations as a result of her experience at Worlds of Fun.

Her favorite part of the job is getting to meet guests and new co-workers. She enjoys hearing their stories and learning from their viewpoints. Because she works outdoors in all weather conditions, it is important for her to stay hydrated throughout her shift.

Are you ready to join Nina? Her advice is maintain a positive outlook and be ready to learn!

Mohamed has worked for Worlds of Fun for three seasons. He started as a Merchandise Associate and was promoted to Team Lead and then to Supervisor in 2015. His managers describe him as dedicated, fair, and professional.

He is responsible for managing several retail locations and ensuring his teams deliver outstanding service to every guest. His favorite part of his job is the opportunity to work with new associates.

Mohamed heard about working at Worlds of Fun from a friend. If you are thinking about a job in Merchandise, he says it's a fun experience and you'll have the opportunity to meet new people.


Ben has worked for Worlds of Fun for seven seasons. He started as a Train Engineer and in his second season was promoted to Team Lead. In the off-season, he also works in our Security department.

He heard about this opportunity from his friends who were retired railroaders. His favorite part of his job is the opportunity to train his associates to work on the engine. He says the hardest part about his job is balancing schedules and the weather with the engine.

Ben's advice for job seekers...Have fun with it and remember that it's about working with your peers.


Rae Ann has worked for Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun for two seasons as an Aquatics Attendant and a Lifeguard. After Oceans of Fun closes, Rae Ann transitions to Halloween Haunt. Last year, she acted in Zombie High and this year was promoted to Lead at CarnEvil.

She applied to be a lifeguard, because she loved visiting the park as a child and dreamed of being a lifeguard. She loves working with different people and helping others. She believes making someone else's day better is very rewarding.

She describes herself as kind of shy. The most difficult part of the job, for her, is being assertive, but she believes working at Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun has helped her come out of her shell. She advises job applicants to not be afraid to stand up for themselves, but to always be respectful toward others.

Rae Ann says working at Worlds of Fun has improved her communication skills and built her confidence in performing new jobs and responsibilities.


John has worked for Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun for five seasons as a Rides Associate, Cash Control Supervisor and currently is an Accounting Assistant. He understands our business and strives to make a difference every day.

What brought you to Worlds of Fun / Oceans of Fun?
I came to Worlds of Fun in 2011 in search of a job to help fund college. Initially, I worked in Planet Snoopy as a Ride Ambassador; however, I moved to Finance the next year and have remained since. My undergraduate degree was in Accounting, so this job provided good application to the things I learned in the classroom.

What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part of this job was recording the revenue for the concessionaires and different stations around the park. It was interesting to observe how external factors (weather, attendance, special events) affected the revenue.

What is the hardest part about your job?
The most difficult part of the job was payroll. The work isn’t hard to comprehend, but the challenges came in trying to keep track of the work times for employees.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for your job?
The job will be whatever one makes it to be. Whatever an individual puts in, is what he/she will get out of it. The opportunity to gain valuable experience is present, but it will take personal initiative to take advantage of this opportunity.

How has your work experience at Worlds of Fun helped you in your current career or how do you believe your work experience will help you in your future career?
Working in Finance has helped me understand basic principles of business operations. Having a basic understanding of Finance and Accounting is useful in any profession.