Worlds of Fun is one of the region's largest family fun park destinations. It has over 235 acres of rides and attractions. The park, built in 1973 centers around Jules Verne’s book, “Around the World in 80 Days." It is here that you can travel to Africa, Asia, Europa and Americana without leaving the park. With over 100 rides and attractions, including six world-class roller coasters, live entertainment, and kids' adventures, it’s no wonder Worlds of Fun is one of Kansas City’s favorite attractions.
Location and Directions
Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun are located at 4545 Worlds of Fun Avenue off the East loop of I-435 at Exit 54 in Kansas City, Missouri. Go to the Worlds of Fun website for detailed directions, with an interactive directions function to get there from anywhere.
Worlds of Fun is open weekends-only in April and daily from May 17th to August 24th, then weekends-only through November. Hours of operation vary during the season. Check the World’s of Fun Calendar for further details.
Prices vary for admission, with several ticket option. See their tickets page for current offers and pricing. The prices vary, and there are discounts for buying online, junior, senior, and active-duty or retired military members.
Rides and Attractions
Thrill rides include the Mamba, with a first hill of over 200 feet and speeds of 75 miles per hour. The Prowler tours the forested terrain of the park, evading predators. The Patriot was notable when it was built as one of the longest and tallest full-circuit inverted rollercoasters in the nation. Other favorites are Timberwolf, Detonator, Boomerang, the clothes soaking Fury of the Nile and the Monsoon.
Oceans of Fun waterpark admission is included in the ticket prices, but it is only open May through August. The Dinosaurs Alive! attraction features animatronic dinosaurs and interactive consoles that reflect the latest scientific discoveries about these beasts.
Worlds of Fun also has live entertainment attractions the whole family can enjoy, including musical reviews, magic shows, and appearances by Peanuts characters.
For the kid in all of us, Worlds of Fun has Planet Snoopy, a one-acre interactive attraction just for families. Besides having the whole Peanuts Gang running about, they’ve got several themed rides just for the kids.
There are great places to eat everywhere you look at Worlds of Fun. From burgers and pizzas on the go to sit down meals for every appetite, taste, and budget. The Chicken Shack and Battle Creek Barbeque are both great for dining in and taking a break. But for families on the move, head to the many quick bite places around the park. The Vittle Griddle is a fave of park-goers throughout the years.