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Find the latest press releases issued by Worlds of Fun and details on upcoming events are all here. Working members of the media are welcome to contact the park with inquiries.

Mailing Address
Public Relations Manager
Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun
4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue
Kansas City, MO  64161

Contact - New Media Only
Chris Foshee - Public Relations & Communications Manager
Office: 816.303.5125
Fax: 816.454.4655
E-mail: wofpr@worldsoffun.com

Advertising

For advertising inquiries, please contact Cramer-Krasselt at 312-616-9600 or email ckmedia-cedarfair@c-k.com.

Non-members of the news media are asked to call our Information Center at 816.454.4545.
For donation requests or community outreach, please visit our community webpage.

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Latest News and Events

Official press releases and feature stories on Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. Major stories are posted here. For park updates, please email wofpr@worldsoffun.com and request to be placed on our media email distribution list.

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Coming to Worlds of Fun - 2019

 

New for 2019 – Flagship Restaurant with Local Favorites and Healthy Fare Coming to Worlds of Fun

Restaurant announcement joins unique 2019 season pass offer

KANSAS CITY, MO – Worlds of Fun will soon break ground on a 9,000 square foot restaurant that will seat more than 300 guests, making it the largest dining facility in the park. Scheduled to open in spring 2019, Boathouse Grill will provide visitors with an enhanced dining experience in an outdoor setting with views of some of the park’s most popular rides.

“With the recent addition of our executive chef Wesley Boston, the culinary team has continuously found ways to elevate the park’s food offerings,” said Tony Carovillano, general manager of Worlds of Fun. “Now with a new flagship dining location, Boathouse Grill will help us continue these tremendous strides by creating a dining experience that is as memorable as our rides.”

The menu at Boathouse Grill showcases an array of fan favorites like authentic Kansas City barbecue, rotisserie chicken, a selection of homestyle sides and desserts, and healthy options like salads and fresh vegetables. The restaurant will feature porch-style seating and a patio where guests may sip a craft beer while enjoying views of the Patriot roller coaster and SteelHawk swings. Located in the Americana section of the park, its name, architecture and theming pay tribute to Worlds of Fun’s history and the three iconic boats that welcomed guests when the park first opened in 1973. Boathouse Grill will be included in the park’s dining plans.

The Boathouse Grill announcement coincides with National Roller Coaster Day, celebrated by fans each year on August 16. With seven roller coasters including the thrilling Mamba and Timber Wolf as well as the children’s Cosmic Coaster, Worlds of Fun offers a variety of coasters for enthusiasts both young and young-at-heart.

To celebrate the special event, the park has a limited-time 2019 Gold Pass offer only valid through this Sunday, August 19. Guests who purchase a Gold Pass, or renew their 2018 Gold Pass, will receive a Fast Lane ticket to use during the remainder of the 2018 season. New passholders will also enjoy unlimited visits to Worlds of Fun for the rest of 2018 season in addition to all of 2019, including upcoming events like Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. Details and all Gold Pass benefits are available on the park’s website, www.worldsoffun.com.

About Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun is a 235-acre amusement and waterpark in Kansas City, Missouri featuring more than 100 family rides, thrill rides, waterslides, shows and attractions, including seven world-class roller coasters. The park also stages the Midwest’s largest Halloween event in September and October and the new holiday event WinterFest in November and December.

Worlds of Fun is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor waterparks, one indoor waterpark and four hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

Media Assets: bit.ly/WOF2019

Classic Roller Coaster at Worlds of Fun Gets New Twist

Classic Roller Coaster at Worlds of Fun Gets New Twist

High-intensity finale on iconic Timber Wolf joins other new park features

 

KANSAS CITY, MO – The iconic Timber Wolf roller coaster has reopened at Worlds of Fun with a new track layout. After months of construction and major renovations, the thrill ride now features a new finale that sends riders nearly sideways through an intense 70-degree banked turn.

Timber Wolf’s new twisted ending is one of many enhancements the classic wooden roller coaster has received since 2014. Worlds of Fun has now reengineered approximately 50-percent of the ride’s original track, from the first 100-foot drop through the new turn. Investments on the coaster are expected to continue through 2021.

“Since its debut in 1989, Timber Wolf has been a park icon and a long-time staple of Kansas City,” said Tony Carovillano, general manager of Worlds of Fun. “These investments ensure the ride continues to deliver an action-packed experience to a new generation of thrill seekers, and the new high-speed finale definitely gives guests a new reason to fall in love with the ride.”

Joining Timber Wolf’s new 70-degree banked turn are additional enhancements for the 2018 season, including the new family ride Nordic Chaser, free park-wide WiFi and a new mobile app. The park is now open daily with Oceans of Fun waterpark opening this weekend on Friday, May 25. For more information visit worldsoffun.com.

About Timber Wolf

Timber Wolf opened as the top wooden roller coaster in the world in 1989 and continued to receive accolades and awards over the next several seasons. Located in the Americana section of Worlds of Fun, the classic roller coaster features two, 24-passanger trains. Guests must be at least 48-inches tall to ride.

About Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun is a 235-acre amusement and waterpark in Kansas City, Missouri featuring more than 100 family rides, thrill rides, waterslides, shows and attractions, including seven world-class roller coasters. The park also stages the Midwest’s largest Halloween event in September and October.

Worlds of Fun is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

MEDIA ASSETS & HD BROLL: http://bit.ly/WOFMedia2018

Worlds of Fun Opens for a New Season of Fun - 2018

Media Briefing – April 21, 2018

Worlds of Fun Opens for A New Season of Family Fun

The 2018 season introduces a new family ride and a host of park enhancements.

KANSAS CITY -- The gates are open, and a new season is underway at Worlds of Fun. Now in its 45th year of operation, the Kansas City amusement park has added new attractions and park enhancements to complement its existing lineup of family entertainment.

New Attractions for 2018

Nordic Chaser – A new family ride located in the Scandinavia themed area of the park is ready to entertain guests. Appropriately themed for the area after a Viking armada, Nordic Chaser features mini ships that quickly rotate and simulate a wavy ocean, giving guests a thrilling adventure.

Timber Wolf – One of the most popular attractions at Worlds of Fun will debut its new finale later this spring. The classic roller coaster will now feature an intense, 70-degree banked turn that will send riders nearly sideways for a thrilling finish to the iconic ride.

 New Park Enhancements  

In addition to the new attractions, Worlds of Fun has packed the park with guest enhancements for the 2018 season.

Free Wi-Fi – Complementary Wi-Fi has been added throughout the park.

All-New Mobile App – Among the many new features, guest can now access ride wait times and get directions to any location in the park. The app is free and available for download on Apple and Android devices. (insert links for app download)

New Food Offerings – The culinary team is introducing a variety of unique menu items, including a brisket and waffle sandwich and the signature WOF Dog, topped with Kansas City BBQ, mac & cheese and homemade pickles.

Beautification – A new grand water fountain in the park’s iconic Americana section is just one of the many new enhancements to the park’s grounds and décor. The park is also reintroducing the floral clock, a former park staple from 1973-1998.

Back by popular demand from last season, WinterFest is returning for year two. The holiday event will be held on selected nights from November 17 through December 30.

For more information, a complete list of park hours, special events and to get the best deals on tickets, visit worldsoffun.com.

MEDIA ASSETS & HD BROLL: http://bit.ly/WOFMedia2018

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Media Passes

The Worlds of Fun Public Relations Department welcomes inquiries and visits from credentialed members of the news media for the production of high-quality news features and programs about the park. Details on the criteria for obtaining a media pass are available in the Media Pass Policy section below. All requests for media passes must be submitted online.

Worlds of Fun is currently issuing media passes to working journalist in the following markets: Kansas City, Topeka, Omaha, Wichita, Lincoln, Columbia, Jefferson City, Des Moines and Joplin. 

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Media Pass Policy

Worlds of Fun will issue complimentary tickets to the full-time news media personnel listed below who want to visit the park for a leisure visit on public operating days during the season. 

These passes are limited to two (2) per person for one (1) visit during the season. Only news department employees are eligible for these passes; promotions and advertising personnel are encouraged to call their promotions contact at the park for inquiries about tickets. Worlds of Fun is currently issuing media passes to working journalist in the following markets: Kansas City, Topeka, Omaha, Wichita, Lincoln, Columbia, Jefferson City, Des Moines and Joplin. 

The news department employee must be part of the party visiting the park. We are aware that some newspapers, Internet media, radio stations and television stations prefer their personnel not accept complimentary passes to events and attractions. We respect this policy and will gladly refuse passes to your personnel if you do indicate.

Please see the list of qualifying positions below. The Public Relations Department will review all requests for complimentary tickets.

Newspapers/Magazines/Internet Media
Publisher, Reporters, Editors, Photographers, Webmasters

Radio Stations
Owner, Program Director, General Manager, News Reporters, News Director, On-Air Personnel, Assistant News Director, Producers.

Television Stations
Owner, News Reporters, General Manager, Producers (non-advertising), News Director, On-Air Personnel, Assistant News Director, Field Producers, Program Director, Videographers, Assignment Editors, Production (non-advertising)

Media Pass Policy
All requests for media tickets must be made online by filling out and submitting the form below. All requests must be submitted a minimum of seven (7) days in advance of the day you plan to visit. Approved requests will receive a confirmation letter or email, which must be presented at Guest Services along with a photo ID to receive your tickets.

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Park Descriptions

Looking for just the right words and word count to describe Worlds of Fun?

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25 Words

Worlds of Fun is a regional amusement park located in Kansas City, Missouri. Themed after the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in 80 days, Worlds of Fun offers over 100 rides, shows and attractions.

50 Words

In 2013, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun combined park thrills to a one ticket admission. Guests now enjoy 235-acres of rides and slides in one park for one price. Worlds of Fun is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publically traded company (NYSE: "FUN") headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio.

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Worlds of Fun Trivia

Discover interesting facts about the history of Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun!

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What year did the parks open?

In 1968, Lamar Hunt realized the need for a family theme park in the midwest and began conceptualizing what would become Kansas City's number one tourist destination. In 1969, nearly 500 acres was purchased and the site for the park was chosen, with construction beginning in 1971. The park opened in 1973 with 60 rides, shows, and attractions. Oceans of Fun followed in 1982, celebrating 10 years of Worlds of Fun.

What buildings were the stations to the original Ski Hi ride?

Tivoli Terrace East and the big red games barn located near the entrance to Planet Snoopy.

What year was the defunct Screamroller introduced?

Screamroller was introduced in 1976 along with Bicentennial Square, celebrating the nation's 200 years. In 1983 it was converted to EXT, America's first stand-up roller coaster.

What is unique to the Spinning Dragons fountain?

The Spinning Dragons fountain used to be the footprint for the dolphin show, and an occasional diving donkey!

How many coasters does the park have?

Seven world-class thrill machines! Patriot, Prowler, Mamba, Boomerang, Spinning Dragons, Timber Wolf, and Cosmic Coaster, the most the park has ever had.

What is the park's steam engine named?

"Eli" is a fully functioning replica of the great steam engines from the turn of the century and was manufactured by Crown Metal.

How tall is the tallest ride in the park?

SteelHawk is 301 ft folllowed by the Mamba at 205 feet and the Detonator, Rip Cord, and Patriot. A height lovers paradise!

What prestigious award did Prowler take home in 2009?

Prowler was awarded 'Best New Ride in the World' by Amusement Today in 2009, a tremendous feat for a wood coaster that isn't the tallest, longest, or fastest, but packs the most punch! 

What was the price of a ticket to enter the park in 1973?

$6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children under 12.

What is the largest capital investment in the park's history?

Patriot, opened in 2006 as a $14 million investment.

What book is the park based on?

The park is themed to Jules Verne's book Around the World in 80 Days.