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Worlds of Fun Debuts New International Festival – Grand Carnivale

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Worlds of Fun Debuts Largest Summer Event in Park History – Grand Carnivale

The International Festival Runs Nightly from July 13 – August 4

KANSAS CITY, MO – Known for its immersive celebrations like Halloween Haunt and WinterFest, Worlds of Fun is ramping up to introduce Grand Carnivale. The all-new international festival is the largest summer event in park history, featuring an elaborate parade, authentic global cuisine, lively entertainment and interactive festivities. 

This 23-day event will run from July 13 through August 4 and is included with park admission or a 2019 Season Pass. 

“This is like nothing we’ve done before,” said Chris Foshee, communications manager at Worlds of Fun. “From the festival’s massive size to all the intricate details, guests will be enchanted as our park comes to life with a cultural celebration that’s full of surprises and unique experiences. Young, old, thrill seeker or non-rider – there’s something for everyone at Grand Carnivale.” 

During Grand Carnivale, guests can explore the splendor, mystery and traditions of China, France, Germany, India and Italy. Starting at 5:00 p.m. each night, sections of the park will transform into these nations with native food, signature cocktails, live music, crafts, games and highlights from each country’s culture. 

Spectacle of Color Parade

The celebration will light up the park during Grand Carnivale’s Spectacle of Color Parade. Starting each night at 8:00 p.m., over 100 entertainers will stroll through the park as they perform on and around nine large illuminated floats. Performers will hand out colorful bead strands and engage the crowd with music and dance. 

As the parade concludes, the King of Carnivale will officially kick off the Carnivale Street Party atop a custom Worlds of Fun hot air balloon. The party will fill International Plaza with music, magic and merrymaking until fireworks cap off the celebration at 10:00 p.m. each night. 

About Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun is a 235-acre amusement and water park 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 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

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