Math & Science FAQ

Math & Science FAQ

 

Worlds of Fun History

The first new addition to Worlds of Fun after the park opened came during its second year in 1974 when the 4,000-seat Forum Amphitheater opened in the Europa section of the park.  A new section opened 1976 for America's Bicentennial called Bicentennial Square.  The Scream roller coaster was also added that year. 

The 1980's saw a new waterpark open next to the park, Oceans of Fun. At the time it opened, Oceans of Fun was the largest waterpark in the world. The sub-world River City opened in Americana near the Orient. The next year saw the Scream roller coaster transformed into the USA's first stand-up roller coaster. The decade ended with the addition of a major new roller coaster, Timberwolf. The ride quickly became a favorite of park visitors and enthusiasts alike.

The early part of the decade of the 1990's was a challenging one for Worlds of Fun.  In 1995, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchased the park from Lamar Hunt and Jack Steadman.  Under the new ownership, thrilling attractions like the Mamba roller coaster were added as the decade came to a close.
This decade is defined by the addition of two major roller coasters.  In 2006, the Patriot roller coaster was introduced followed by Prowler in 2009.  The ride was an immediate hit, receiving the prestigious Golden Ticket for "Best New Ride of 2009" by Amusement Today, an industry publication. Prowler continues to rank as one of the top wooden roller coaster in the world in industry polls.  In 2008, Worlds of Fun celebrated its 35th anniversary season. 
The current decade began in 2010 when Worlds of Fun added an exciting new nighttime light show, Snoopy's Hot Summer Nights.  In 2011, Camp Snoopy was rethemed to Planet Snoopy and new attractions were added. That same year, the Carousel from Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio was added.