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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby JimmyBo » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:07 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Nice report! If you didn't like Prowler, then you definitely wouldn't like Timber Wolf. It is much better since the GCI retrack--it now waits until halfway through the ride to murder your kidneys! Dinosaurs Alive is very popular with the kids, and I enjoy the walk through the woods.

Battle Creek is actually a very good lunch place. There's better barbecue in KC, but there's not better barbecue in a theme park anywhere. KC is all about the Q, and I'm glad you got to try it. There are really two categories of people: Those who know KC style is the best, and those who are wrong.

Oh, and Le Taxitour. Where do I collect my bonus points?


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Now it's time for the fun time I had before I even set foot in Worlds of Fun...

My flight got into Kansas City at 8:30, I got my bag, got my rental car, and then arrived at the Holiday Inn right across the street form Worlds of Fun at about 9:30. When I came to the front desk of the hotel, I found a man being extremely rude to the lady at the counter about his room not being ready. He stormed off to the bar all pissed off and cursing under his breath.

I came up to the desk and asked if I could check in. The wonderful lady at the desk (her name was Brittany), told me that they overbooked the hotel and that she didn't have a room for me. I decided not to be an @$$hole like the guy in front of me so I politely asked her my options. She told me that all the hotels within 20 miles were full except the Casino. Me, having never been to this city before, had no idea what the Casino was so I said I'll just stay there. She then mentioned that the Casino cost $150 more than what I paid for, for my room at the Holiday Inn. I told her that it didn't matter...it was late and I just needed a room. Brittany than told me I had to take some paperwork to the Casino and that Holiday Inn would pay for my Holiday Inn room cost and then I would have to pay the rest and then I told her that was fine.

Next, she told me a route to the Casino that would avoid all the construction they were doing on the highway. I said thanks and I wished her the best with the rest of her night.

I proceeded to the Ameristar Casino and to my surprise...it was actually a pretty awesome place! It still had live music going on, a bar right up front and a great surrounding inside. I walked to the front desk where I was helped by Theresa, and told her that I was the guy the Holiday Inn sent over. I was expecting to pay for my room so I started to pull out my credit card but then she told me that Brittany from the Holiday Inn called back over and that they worked something out so my room was FREE! That's right...FREE!

So instead of being a complete jerk and actually being nice in the situation, good things do happen.

I walked around the Casino and it was pretty great. Below are the pictures of my FREE night and morning of the Ameristar Casino.

Enjoy!
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I was greeted to Shining Lights and Music to the Casino
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When Casinos have a fake sky, you know they are legit Casinos! This was the Depot Bar in the front with Live Music and a place to eat inside a train car!
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Colorful Fountains!
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This was their Buffet. It was very well themed to America!
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The venue where shows are held to the left and a HUGE play area for kids on the right. I guess for the parents that want to gamble their kids college tuition away, they can at least put them in an area to play.
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Another Restaurant!
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The next morning, I got to see what it really looks like...not bad.
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Any place that has Canadian Geese roaming the parking lot is a win in my back. I'm sure Gertrude would be proud!
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They even have theming at the back of the hotel to a River Boat!
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And the train out Front lets you know where you are. It truly was a great time!
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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:28 am

Wow, you got a great upgrade! I work in the travel industry, and this sort of thing happens all the time. In fact, my very first job at the company I work for currently was facilitating relocation arrangements like the one you experienced. Usually the overbooked hotel just pays the asking price from the receiving hotel, but sometimes the receiving hotel is willing to take less because it's a room that would have been empty anyway.

One thing you probably don't know is that Missouri law only allows gambling on riverboats. That cool bit of theming you pointed out? Yeah, legally mandated. The casino literally could not operate if they didn't have it. Bizarre, but that's how it is. The riverboat doesn't have to go anywhere, and it can be attached to a permanent structure on the shore--and, get this, the riverboat can also be a permanent structure not designed to move ever--but it has to exist for the casino to operate legally. That's my state.
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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby larrygator » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:29 am

JimmyBo - this must be your first new park in 5 years or so, and you still deliver a great story with your Photo TR

michaellynn4 wrote:Seems very "Dorney Park" to me. Glad you had fun!!

At least Cedar Point left some of Worlds of Fun's soul. I really enjoyed my one trip to Worlds of Fun a few years ago.
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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby JimmyBo » Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:09 pm

^ Thanks Larry! It's my first new park since visiting Mall of America in 2014. It's a bit harder to make these trips nowadays since I have young kiddos running around. So when I'm going on a business trip anywhere near anything...I will take the extra time to make a trip to a park. Glad you enjoyed the read!

^^ ytterbiumanalyst, I thought I heard someone mention the "River Boat" Casino thing while I was having drinks at a bar and I thought it seemed outrageous and they drank too much. I guess they were right and it totally makes sense why the "River Boat" theming was in the back of the hotel.

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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:34 pm

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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby cfc » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:53 am

JimmyBo wrote:So instead of being a complete jerk and actually being nice in the situation, good things do happen.

I walked around the Casino and it was pretty great. Below are the pictures of my FREE night and morning of the Ameristar Casino.

Enjoy!


A similar thing happened to me at the Providence, RI, airport when the plane I was supposed to take back to Richmond blew a tire, and everybody had to be rebooked. People were going ballistic on the poor guy at gate as though he shot the tire himself. When it was my turn, I was very nice and unassuming--which got me a seat in first class.

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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby MagnumVoyage » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:15 am

Worlds of Fun is a great family park, but that's it. I find myself bored when going there. I do love Prowler. Timberwolf has been meh for many years for me. The problem with Mamba is how it's run. They slow the chainlift to a crawl so the next couple of hills you have little to no airtime and the MCBB nearly stops you so the train crawls back to the station. Such a shame! When it opened, it was a fantastic ride!

Of course, my biggest disappointment with WOF is not being able to ride Zambezi Zinger and Orient Express. I really miss those rides!

Again, nice family park.

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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:59 am

Great report! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby GreatAdventurer » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:08 pm

Thanks for the report looks like a great park!
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Re: Photo Trip Report: Worlds of Fun

Postby edgeboy » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:37 pm

I've actually stayed at that Ameristar Casino hotel myself! It really wasn't that bad, and it's quite close to WOF... we had a room that in fact had a view of the park!

And I do agree with many... WOF is a nice park, but at the end of the day, nothing special. When I initially rode Prowler many years ago, I did love it. It has gotten rougher with age, which is a shame... when it was smooth, it was pretty great.

I will be going back in a few weeks myself, mainly because I'm a sucker for Troikas (there's none in CA!) and Condors, which are also relatively rare... I don't believe there are any on the West Coast. So I have to ride them when I can. Don't know why I love them so much, but I do.

The last few pages of this thread talked about the abysmal operations... I hope that's getting sorted out...

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