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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 Worlds of Fun and the Oceans of Fun Waterpark.

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

Contact
Office: 816.303.5125 (News Media Calls Only. Please email our agency at ckmedia-cedarfair@c-k.com regarding advertising)
Fax: 816.454.4655
E-mail: wofpr@worldsoffun.com

High resolution images and logos are available upon request.

ATTENTION MEDIA: All requests for media passes must be submitted online. Information regarding our media pass policy is available in the Media Center section of our website under Media Pass Policy.  

Non-members of the news media are asked to call our Information Center at 816.454.4545

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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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8/16/17 - New for 2018

 

Worlds of Fun Introduces New Family Ride, Brings Back Popular Features in 2018

New Nordic Chaser ride joins Winterfest event and Pre-K Pass offer to attract more family visitors

Worlds of Fun, Kansas City’s hometown amusement park, will introduce a new family ride, Nordic Chaser, for the 2018 season. On Nordic Chaser, guests of all ages will board mini ships that rotate speedily around a circuit. The ride captures the imagination as guests experience the sensation of rising and falling along ocean waves. The ride will be placed in the park’s Scandinavia themed area.

“The new Nordic Chaser ride will allow parents and children the opportunity to make lasting memories together,” said Tony Carovillano, general manager, Worlds of Fun. “We strive to provide new and exciting changes at Worlds of Fun every year, and look forward to having more families experience every aspect we have to offer at the park.”

Returning for the 2018 season is the popular WinterFest holiday event. Winterfest showcases favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, hands-on activities and live entertainment.  The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for several weeks starting in late November through December, 2018.

Also returning in 2018 is the Pre-K Pass, which grants complimentary admission to children ages three to five years old for the entire season. Online preregistration is required. 

2018 season passes are on sale now at the lowest price of the season, and also include one visit to the park in 2017. The pass gives guests unlimited access to the new Nordic Chaser ride as well as all of the attractions in Worlds of Fun and the Oceans of Fun water park, plus special events like Winterfest, Halloween Haunt and The Great Pumpkin Fest.

 

Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun is a 235-acre amusement and water park in Kansas City, Mo. 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 five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.

3/25/17 - Job Fair

Have Worlds of Fun, All Summer Long
Worlds of Fun to Host Job Fair

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An exciting new season is rapidly approaching and we are looking for more than 1200 hardworking and fun loving, associates to help make every day a best day experience at Worlds of Fun.

Available jobs include: ride operators, lifeguards, guest services, cooks, cashiers, office clerks and much more! Spend this summer at Worlds of Fun making new friends, memories with pay rates up to 10 dollars an hour, plus flexible scheduling and unlimited visits to all the FUN all summer long. 

Worlds of Fun will be hosting a Job Fair on Saturday March 25th, from 10am-5pm in the Feshaus Pavilion at Worlds of Fun. 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64161
To attend the Job Fair, applicants must be 16 or older. For more information regarding the Job Fair and to apply online, please visit www.worldsoffun.jobs

Media wanting to cover the job fair is welcome. Please contact Eric.Burke@worldsoffun.com for more information.

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Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun - One Park, One Price, twice the thrills, where guests enjoy all 235-acres of rides and slides featuring more than 100 family rides, thrill rides, waterslides, shows, and attractions including seven world-class roller coasters, plus the Midwest’s largest Halloween event in September and October. Worlds of Fun is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”

8/18/16 - New for 2017

Two New Thrilling Rides and the Introduction of WinterFest at Worlds of Fun in 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO. - Worlds of Fun announced today it will be adding two new unique and thrilling rides in 2017, as well as a completely redesigned front gate to enhance the guest experience next season. 

  • Falcon’s Flight – A hair-raising thrill at nearly 100 feet above the ground. This ride spins and rises at the same time and holds more than 50 riders at a time. 
  • Mustang Runner – Three arms with seven gondolas per arm turn one way while the base of the ride spins the other direction.

But that's not all. Families will be able to ring in the holidays next season and enjoy what is sure to be a new family tradition. WinterFest is coming to Worlds of Fun, showcasing 16 favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, and festive live entertainment. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for six weeks beginning November 24, 2017.

WinterFest is included with the purchase of a 2017 Gold Season Pass. Passes are on sale now.

Worlds of Fun is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” 

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Media Passes

All requests for media passes must be submitted online. Details on the criteria for obtaining a media pass are available in the Media Pass Policy section below.

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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 2017 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.

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, 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.