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Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:39 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
^ Agreed. Every time I walk by Boomerang.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:59 pm
by Philrad71
Hey there, TPR!

It's been a loooong while since I have posted any park reports on here, so please bare with me as I dust off some cobwebs...

After losing my partner (Michael) to a courageous two year battle with cancer last July, I had a difficult time trying to put the pieces of my life back together, so I needed some time to make that happen. And that included a bit of a break from theme parks, TPR and unfortunately not having a lot of time for anything fun.

Fast forward to July of this year when I decided to "reboot" and move to KC to start a new life, new job, new everything. I met a great guy here and have met a lot of new friends and really feel like this is a good "fit" for me.

Yeah, it's not quite as exciting as Orlando, LA, Chicago, NYC or anything like that, but it's more "city life" than what I had ever had living my entire life in Southwestern NY state. I really love it here so far!

So after a couple of weeks of getting settled in, I linked up with fellow Missourian and TPR friend ytterbiumanalyst (AKA Andrew) for an afternoon at my new "local park", Worlds Of Fun.

As luck would have it given the foodies that Andrew and I happen to be, there was a new celebration type-thingie called Grand Carnivale that sounded like it blended the best of the Mardi-Gras festival at Universal and the Food & Wine fest at Epcot.

How was it in comparison? Well, obviously the first thing that Andrew and I both did was both set our expectations accordingly...after all this is Cedar Fair and not Disney or Universal. ;)

Let's go check it out, shall we?

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:18 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Awesome! I'm gonna hijack this with my own photos since there's no telling when I would get around to it otherwise. This summer has been crazy busy and I haven't even gotten time to get my Sea World TR from May up yet.

Grand Carnivale...shall we say, needs some work. The food was good by CF standards but nothing mind blowing--all except for the samosas, which were probably the worst I've ever had. I thought the cannoli was delightful, but otherwise, not a reason to come to the park if you weren't already planning to go like we were. That, combined with the just overall unpreparedness, just left me wanting more, and that after already having pretty low expectations.

Still, it was a fun weekend getaway for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kansas City is a fun town, and if you like good barbecue like I do, it's incredible.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:35 pm
by Philrad71
^ Thanks for the adds, Andrew...yeah, the timing was just a little "off" for this event, wasn't it?

Maybe it was a glitch, but it's not like it was opening night. LOL!

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:28 am
by greenman
Nice report guys. Hopefully next season they get the food preparation figured out.
I personally would have hated to been there with kids expecting to eat at 5:15 and not having a bite til 7.
I can’t remember what dessert we had, but it was really good.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:56 am
by Shavethewhales
Thanks for the photos guys. The park looks nice lately. I'm glad they have put some more emphasis back on appearances and keeping things looking at least maintained.

I know we've gotten onto WOF fanboys for years about whining because WOF isn't getting much for next year, but I was really hoping 2020 was their year for something exciting. It's been awhile... I'm sure the new slides will be nice. There have certainly been a number of nice additions and improvements, but I think 2014 was the last really high-profile addition with their windseeker. It's getting downright odd, considering how busy the park can get with teens/thrill-seekers. Maybe the issue is they don't want to push teen attendance any more considering the problems they've had. I'm not saying the park needs to get a new coaster because it's been x number of years, but any kind of half-way thrilling ride would be nice.

I guess they haven't made any real announcement yet so there is still a chance that something is coming to the dry side of the park. Doesn't seem to be really likely that they would invest in both for the same year, but anything could happen.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:22 pm
by prozach626
Great photos and TR's. I feel like we don't see enough attention to WoF. Judging from the pictures it still looks like a beautiful park. Beerman was definitely hard to find during our visit a few years ago.

Phil, if you want to, hit me up when or if you make a trip to SFSTL and Emily and I will try to join you. Sorry again to hear about the bad news, but if sounds like you're really bouncing back into the good life. Welcome to the Midwest. KC seems to be a neat city.

Shavethewhales wrote:considering how busy the park can get with teens/thrill-seekers.

Sounds like there's no need to add anything new if the park is busy. Especially if people are already coming for the thrill seeking offerings.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:44 pm
by Philrad71
^^ Yeah, Andrew and I were both geeking out trying to figure out what could be a nice, ""mid-tier" type of attraction that would suit the bill for a new thrill.

While I would love a giant frisbee, or screaming swing, I am not sure if the park is "big" enough for that type of ride. One of the smaller clones perhaps? Another thought was a Eurofighter, but not sure if that would work with a similar coaster not too far "up the road" in Des Moines.

I guess that adding slides to the water park makes good sense after the Schlitterbahn disaster and having slides close that need to find a new home. But a new thrill on the dry side would be nice as well.

^ Thanks Zach - I will definitely let you know if I can pull off a trip to St. Louis one of these days. It would be fun to meet up with you, Emily and Beerman at SFStL as Michael and I really enjoyed the quick trip that we did there last spring before SDC.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:27 am
by WOF_Fan
Riptide Raceway coming to Oceans of Fun in 2020!
The longest mat racer in the Midwest.
Riptide Raceway

Competition and thrills combine at Worlds of Fun in 2020 when Riptide Raceway debuts next summer at Oceans of Fun water park. Riptide Raceway will take guests five stories high before they speed down four side-by-side tunnels atop a soft foam mat. Riders in each lane will race more than 476 feet to be the first to reach the finish line as they make an exhilarating journey down a winding hillside, around a tight 360-degree loop and through a rapid final descent before splashdown.

This family-friendly ride has been designed to follow the natural terrain of the park’s landscape, and is the first thrill attraction added to the water park since 2013 when Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun were conjoined. It will replace Diamond Head, one of the park’s original water slides that opened in 1982; construction will begin this fall after Oceans of Fun closes for the 2019 season.

Re: Worlds of Fun (WOF) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:54 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Looks awesome! Great replacement for Diamond Head.