Sabbatical Update: Hiatus


Today isn’t really as bad as it feels, but another convoluted mess going on. Going to skip writing about it and just try to take care of it.


Fitness Update: to the work


This week saw several members of the family take on seasonal employment with Worlds of Fun. I put this under fitness because it will mean miles of walking this summer, and good planning on what to eat.


#274: Jesus Never Fails


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


Earthly friends may prove untrue, Doubts and fears assail;

One still loves and cares for you, One who will not fail.


Jesus never fails, Jesus never fails;

Heav’n and earth may pass away But Jesus never fails.


Tho the sky be dark and drear, Fierce and strong the gale,

Just remember He is near, And He will not fail.



In life’s dark and bitter hour Love will still prevail;

trust his everlasting pow’r — Jesus will not fail.


Worlds of Fun Opens Today: Sneak Peak from Friday


Worlds of Fun opens for the season at 10 a.m. today, Saturday, April 21. Those of us who are season pass holders were given a sneak peak preview during the evening Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.


My family arrived around 7:10 p.m. to find the entrance to the parking lot to be a joy to behold. The entry from Worlds of Fun Avenue to the car ticket booths had been completely repaved, or at least resealed, and fresh yellow lines indicating the lanes painted. Those yellow lines ran all the way through the ticket booths and up the entrance lanes to Lots C and D — probably all the way around to the hithermost parking lot.


All the lines in the parking lots — indicating where the spots are — were also repainted.  It looked like they did some filling of potholes and the like, but unlike the front drivein lanes, the parking lots I saw had no new repaving, only freshly painted lines and patches. But after several years of not knowing which of 2 or 3 faded lines on the pavement were the correct ones to be using to park, it was a real luxury to know where to park.


When we came down from D lot (parking security had just closed the side entrance to C lot, though there were a moderate number of open spaces distributed throughout lot C). and walked to the security tables, we noted how clean and efficient the permanent security structures were, and the huge line we could see once you got past them.  But those lines turned out to be people headed back towards us, to get to the season pass processing . So  we didn’t have to wait for them.


Getting through the pass/ticket stations as easy, and then we had our pictures taken by the camera people. We usually avoid this but decided to do it for the sneak peak. The photog told us about the FunPix photo pass. We had seen similar FunPix programs at othere Cedar Fair parks last summer during our parks tour, and now the program is apparently being brought to Worlds of Fun. We got our photo slip from the photog but forgot to check for the pictures at the end of the evening.h What I see on the  website says that they have a $19.99 all day plan andd a $34.99 all season plan.



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We also noted, on the piece of land  between the stair next to the locker rentals and the accesibility ramy, that they had put up a park map.  It was in a  new style, and as it got dark, we realized it, like almost every other park map (I think we found one that wasn’t updated) was backlit. And they labeled where you were so  much  more clearly, as well as what was close by in each direction.

We didn’t ride any rides, but had a nice excursion walking around and observing the many things that had changed.  Betsy noted that theh Nordic Chaser looked like a kiddy ride on the Facebook page.  But  when you saw it in person, and how fast it went around, you know it is an adult ride.

The eyes and mouth of the Sea Dragon now have lights that add extra personality to the ride.

We spotted the lights on the Sea Dragon from where we ate supper at the Chicken Shack.  I was a real culinary find. The chicken shack now serves actual chicken dinners: dark or white meat or chicken strips, with a choice of traditional sides.  No more boneless wings there. Just prior to that we had stopped at the Coca Cola Refresh station to pick up our alll season bottle, and to try my all season paper cup program.  Both were on the season passes where they were supposed to  be.


When we crossed the stream in Africa we noticed that the topiaries that were there during WinterFest — giraffe and elephant for example, were still there (so they aren’t live topiaries, but fake, but still  look very good). Right beyond the topiary was the G’rilla Grill with its updated fare of wings, hot dogs and chicken fingers.
We are seeing a progression of food upgrades.

On the  hillside next to Auntie Anne’s they had a grass clock. It reminded  me of things we saw at Kings Island     and Kings Dominion, only smaller. Paisanos, which was almost never open, was open, serving pizza baskets, pasta and salads, and had a cosmetic upgrade)  The one trend, besides an increase in overall food diversity, was a simplification of the meal plan. Pizza baskets could choose side salads in the past. We have yet to confirm if they still an.
Vittle Griddle had same fare, simpler basket structure, with more items not on the dining plan. The street tacos now is doing quesadillas as pico something
So a lot of menu updates, signage updates, and a new fountain in the Americana Plaza with the lowered landscape removed.

So it looks to be an exciting season. Not sure how much more I will be blogging about it, and in what fashion. Me, Betsy and Carly do orientation at WOF today to become s seasonal.employees. So I have to clarify that my blog is my opinion. And while I should say positive things about WOT must be more careful about constructive criticism. I will follow up with HR for guidance and inform you of the result as appropriate.


A Blast of the Past #140 : Christmas 2011


Today’s blast of the past is going to be a catalogue of sorts. Pictures of Christmas presents. Interesting what patterns emerge in gifts for a certain year.

Nathan in the big picture is holding one of the videos we got from the Institute for Creation Research. The other video he is holding is a pilgrims progress video done in a cinematic story book. In the ethird picture he is holding the box of a Lego Hero Factory  set for Drill Dozer — one of the villains in the fire villain series.

I received a Jimmy Stewart movie collection that we haven’t managed to watch all of (and we like the films), and then a David Weber book, How Firm a Foundation, from his Safehold series.

This was also the year that we got into the Zhu Zhu pets — and had a lot of fun for about 6 months at the tail end of that craze.

Betsy in the final frame is holding up something much more enduring than the Zhu Zhu pets — The What’s in the Bible Series of videos.  We apparently got videos 4 and 5 that had just come out in what eventually was the 13-disc series.

A Look Ahead … to WOF


Passholder Sneak Peek

April 20, 2018 | 6 PM – 10 PM

It’s that time of the year again! The park is getting ready to open for another spectacular season of fun and Worlds of Fun is inviting all Gold and Platinum Passholders to attend an exclusive preview night on Friday, April 20th! Be among the first to experience the park’s lineup of world-class rides and attractions before the gates open to the public for the 2018 season.

It’s the perfect opportunity to activate your Season Pass and Pre-K Pass (be sure to bring your child and valid proof of age!) so there’s more time to ride this season on your favorite rides.

Want to take advantage of this season pass benefit but don’t yet have a Season Pass? There’s still time! Save on a 2018 Gold Pass today so you can come and go like you own the place all season – including unlimited rides on Nordic Chaser, our new family ride coming this spring! Plus, unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt and Kansas City’s newest most immersive holiday event – WinterFest, are included. And don’t forget other Gold Season Pass perks like free parking, discount tickets for friends and more.

*Must have an active 2018 Gold, Platinum, or Pre-K Pass to attend.

**Attraction availability subject to change without notice. Timber Wolf is scheduled to reopen late spring 2018.

Opening Day

April 21, 2018

Join Worlds of Fun April 21st as they kick off their 2018 season in style! Enjoy the return of your favorite rides, live shows, PEANUTS characters, and be one of the first to ride on the all new Nordic Chaser! Whatever your thrill level, there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family.

This is also the perfect day to activate your child’s 2018 Pre-K Pass, offering FREE admission for children ages 3-5 for the entire 2018 season. Simply register online, activate at the park and come play!

Get access to all four seasons of fun in 2018 with a Gold Season Pass. Score unlimited visits to ride all spring on Nordic Chaser, splash all summer at Oceans of Fun, scream in the fall at The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt and have a holly jolly good time at Kansas City’s most immersive holiday event, WinterFest, in winter.

Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

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Well, today was a very busy day for my family.  We spent it at the Kansas City Zoo. As a resiident of Clay (or Jackson) County, we pay a special property tax to the Kansas City Zoo, and get the right to attend the zoo for free on certain days of the year as our benefit.  Currently we had a ticket good for any weekday in the month of April. So our family went today, and anyone in the two counties can take the ticket they got in the mail and get in for free for the remaining weekdays of this Month.


Songflower Chorale Spring Concert

April 29 the Songflower Chorale will be performing its next concert: Students and Teachers. With choral music by the masters as well as new music and contemporary pieces, there will be many moments to delight and inspire the listening audience.


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#273: Walk in the Light


(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


Walk in the light! so shalt thou know That fellowship of love

His Spirit only can bestow Who reigns in light above.


Walk in the light! and thou shalt find Thy heart  made truly His,

Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined, In whom no darkness is.


Walk in the light! and thou shalt own Thy darkness passed away,

Because that light hath on thee shone In which is perfect day.


Walk in the light! and e’en the tomb No fearful shade shall wear;

Glory shall chase away its gloom, For Christ hath conquered there.


Walk in the light! thy path shall be A path, tho thorny, bright;

For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee, And God Himself is light.