August 25, 2007

Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

After leaving St. Joseph, Missouri and Marlon's family behind, we headed to Kansas City, Missouri and Worlds of Fun. They have been open since 1973 but were recently purchased by Cedar Fair, the owners of Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio which has more roller coasters than any other amusement park in the world.
Three years ago, they built an RV Park at Worlds of Fun called Worlds of Fun Village. Here was our rv site. The rollercoaster in the background is The Mamba.
For those who don't bring a recreational vehicle, they have cabins and cottages which sleep up to 6 people. They seem to be an economical alternative to 2 or more hotel rooms.
Here's Sammy after the short drive from St. Joe which took a little over an hour. Riding just wears her out.
But she seemed to be doing better now than when this picture was taken 2 weeks earlier at our Goodland, Kansas Walmart stay.

She stayed like that for quite awhile after that first 4 hour ride.

Here was the sunset our first night at Worlds of Fun.
Videomeister Marlon put together this short video of our stay at Worlds of Fun Village.
The next day, Friday, we headed for the Worlds of Fun admission gate. It had rained quite hard for a bit on Thursday night and it was threatening rain Friday morning so, as you can see, there were no lines at The Mamba (the rollercoaster we could see really well from the RV).
So we rode it 3 times in a row...once in the front, once in the middle and once in the back. At that point, Doug realized he wasn't a teenager anymore and that once would have probably been enough.

We rode both old rides and new. Here's Marlon standing in front of a new ride, Spinning Dragons. On this medium thrill rollercoaster, the cars spin around as they move down the track.
This ride has always been a popular one in the heat of summer. Today the only wait we had was the time it took us to walk to the boat. Often called "The Log Ride", its true name is "The Viking Voyager". This was an Opening Day 1973 ride.
Doug takes some time out to say a little prayer, "Please let me get through this ride without getting sick."

Marlon begged Doug to let him stop by Camp Snoopy. Doug relented and Marlon got to meet the old beagle.
Then Marlon made Doug drive him around in the taxis of "Le Taxitour".
And Doug remembered that day 34 years earlier when Worlds of Fun had just opened and his mom was his first passenger.
We enjoyed our day at Worlds of Fun until this ape surprised us.
Saturday, we went to Oceans of Fun. For fear of wet camera, we have no pictures. We were joined by Alan, Susan, Jennifer, Shannon, Dillon and Mason. They came over to the RV for some junk food afterwards.
For more pictures of our stay here and visit to Worlds of Fun, go to http://public.fotki.com/Marlonfleenor/1/2007/august/worlds-of-fun-and-o/ .

To be continued...

1 comment:

Frank said...

I love the Taxi pic from the 70's, it takes me back to when I was just a wee little boy with my daddy also. Very Cool!!!