Worlds of Fun adding two rides, WinterFest in 2017

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

From the release:

Worlds of Fun is pleased to announce it will be adding two new unique and thrilling rides in 2017, as well as a completely redesigned front gate to enhance the guest experience next season.

  • Mustang Runner – Three arms with seven gondolas per arm turn one way while the base of the ride spins the other way.
  • Falcon’s Flight – A hair-raising thrill at nearly 100 feet above the ground. This ride spins and rises at the same time with more than 50 riders at a time.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to add two new rides for guests to enjoy. These classic amusement park rides will add thrills unlike anything in the Midwest.” said Worlds of Fun General Manager, Frank Wilburn.

But that's not all. Families will be able to ring in the holidays next season and enjoy what is sure to be a new family tradition. WinterFest is coming to Worlds of Fun, showcasing 14 favorite holiday characters, spectacular light displays, ice skating, and festive live entertainment. The park will be transformed into a winter wonderland for six weeks beginning November 24, 2017.

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James Whitmore's avatar

I'm interested to see the "completely redesigned front gate". The existing entrance feels like it was an afterthought by the park designers, just odd and clunky. Hoping for the best.

It will be nice if the park could make it feel like the path from the parking lot to the gate was there as part of the experience rather then to go around a backstage area. Hopefully they will get a better vegetation screen growing or something to hide the employee area better.

Joseph Croft's avatar

Hmmm...could they be getting Condor from Hershey??

It would be REALLY nice if the re-designed front gate was in advance of a front gate experience, ala CP and Carowinds. :)

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I think the current gate *was* a kind of afterthought, or at least it was originally a secondary gate. I had remembered that when I visited (at least 20 years ago), you entered the park by crossing a riverboat of some kind - and when I looked at the current map, I couldn't figure it out at all - the park wasn't arranged at all the way I remembered it.

Then I realized that they must have moved the entrance, and I looked at an old map. Sure enough, there's the riverboat, and another entrance which now appears to be gone. It looks like the original main gate was roughly where the windseeker ride is today.

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Joseph Croft said:
Hmmm...could they be getting Condor from Hershey??

No they got it in Europe.

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birdhombre's avatar

^^ You're right. The bridges are still there too:

The current main gate was originally a secondary entrance, I believe. And looks like it.

bjames's avatar

Weird because Hersheypark park is scrapping their condor because of maintenance cost, but cedar fair is installing one because of its rarity, and it's only rare because of its maintenance costs. I like the addition, but I really don't see this thing lasting more than a few years, for the same reason hershey's ditching theirs. I'm surprised Great Escape can still afford the one they have.

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So, then the maintenance road that goes under Patriot must have been the tram road back when the gate was by Steel Hawk, yes?

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Wow is this ANOTHER Troika Troika Troika installation? Man those are fun rides. My son and I ride the one at CP every visit. And if not for having a young kid with me, I never would've even bothered trying it out. Now it's a must ride...

But then again, what do I know?

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