Saturday, February 16, 2008

Worlds of Fun Snapshots Early 1970s

An outpost of a theme park is World's Of Fun located in Kansas City, Missouri. The park celebrated it's 35th Anniversary in 2007 and I believe the snapshots to date from the first year. The theme is an update of Jules Vernes's Around the World in 80 Days with each of the themed lands dedicated to a different part of the world. You can check out the amusement park here. Worlds of Fun

Now on to the images showing the park in it's early days. The first two are the Dolphin show from the Asian section of the park.

The next three are some general park shots. The light post thing in the second image looks very cool, I wonder if it was a directional sign.

The next image is a wonderful jeep safari ride that must have been in the Africa section. The jeep ride is similar to rides that were at Lion Country Safari and also at Legoland in Carlsbad, California.

The park also featured classic amusement park rides such as this nice octopus ride.


Major Pepperidge said...

These are awesome! I'm always happy to see photos of little amusement parks, whether I've heard of 'em or not!

Jennifer Lovesee-Mast said...

All I can say is WOW, amazing. I run and have for about 10 years now and consider myself a pretty die hard Worlds of Fun historian and some of these photos I had to stare at for awhile to figure out where they where!

Do you have anymore?

Jennifer Lovesee-Mast

Bradley Robertson said...

Those are definitely some cool pictures.

BTW I wouldn't necessarily call WoF a small park. It is in the Cedar Fair chain.

Anonymous said...

need more pics! i've been going to worlds of fun since the 70's and i remember the scream roller, zambeezi zinger, those cars that went over the park way up high, etc. I'd especially like to see pics the stuff where Camp Snoopy is now. I have such great memories there! If you have any more, please post them :)

rlm7in said...

Major Pepperidge, you probably haven't heard of it because the Borg - excuse me; I mean the folks at Cedar Fair - have been busy running it into the ground in as efficient a manner as they can muster.

It kind reminds me of what happened to Astroworld, the park after which Worlds of Fun is said to be modeled, once Six Flags absorbed it.

Both used to be pretty wonderful.