A Look Ahead, with a Look Back…

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This week’s look ahead is going to be similarly ranging as was last week’s with not as many heavy items.

First, we have a look ahead, to the Songflower Concert I will be performing in a week from Friday. This is a two-for-one special: Songflower Chorale and William Baker Festival Singers in one concert!

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And now for the look behind:

This past week included Halloween. So here are some pictures from the AUMC Trunk or Treat on Sunday:

 

Finally the regular season at Worlds of Fun came to and end (summer and haunt), and below are the “final” all season meal plan stats:

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 561
Total Retail $5,847.31
Average Price Per Meal $0.89
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 530
Total Retail $576.50
Average Price Per Drink $0.06
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A Look Ahead …

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Today’s look ahead is going to see some things this weekend, and some much further out:

Worlds of Fun: Halloween Haunt (last weekend)

The weather looks to be rather brisk in the Kansas City area this weekend, the last one for Halloween Haunt:Fullscreen capture 10262017 53258 PM.bmp

So get out and get your haunt fix, if you want, but dress warmly enough.

It looks like the weather will also be cold, and possibly wet, for Halloween.

 

 

Trunk or Treat

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Avondale United Methodist Church is sponsoring its annual Trunk or Treat from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in the church parking lot, 3101 NE Winn Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64117

 

 

Winterfest

Worlds of Fun is extending its season with a new event this year: Winterfest

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Begin a new family tradition with WinterFest, a brand new holiday experience at Worlds of Fun. Holiday cheer will surround you with millions of spectacular holiday lights and festive décor, world-class live entertainment, mouth-watering treats, and heart-warming experiences.

November 24 – December 30

Songflower and the William Baker  Festival Singers

Songflower is sharing the stage with William Baker Festival Singers for our first concert of the season. We are doing some great pieces! Come have a listen…

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Fri 7:30 PM · Queen of the Holy Rosary · Overland Park, KS
Tickets Available · 24 people

Starlight 2018 Broadway Series

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Now is the time to become a season ticket holder for the Broadway 2018 season at Starlight Theatre. As I mentioned in this post, my satisfaction with Starlight during our 21 seasons of season ticket holders has declined dramatically the past few years. But after writing that post, I got a call from a Jacques (?) in their HR department to discuss my concerns. Though only there for 2 months, her primary assignment is responding to all the feedback that they haven’t been able to properly process in the past few years.

So we had part of our concern validated: they weren’t listening to the feedback because they didn’t have the staff available and allocated to do so. But they are also taking care of it. So we are tentatively considering renewing. We could make a potentially satisfying season. Follow this link to see the full season offered. Then compare it to the shows we think would be worth seeing:

On Your FeetKing and I

CinderellaThe Illusionists

 

Carolers of Note

Finally, keep track of the city’s premiere Christmas Caroling group, available to hire for your special event, and appearing in several venues this season:

 

For more information contact: Carolers of Note, 913-961-9643; kcmusicians@yahoo.com or follow this link.

Worlds of Fun: Miscellaneous Reflections

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I realize I haven’t blogged as much recently about Worlds of Fun as I have at other times during their season, so today, I am going to put up some miscellaneous thoughts about recent goings-on at the park.

Let me start by commenting on last Saturday during the storm. People don’t always act reasonably, logically, or in their best interests when threats come upon them. Yet during the lead-up to the storm, and during the storm, the directions and information from Worlds of Fun and its staff was proactive and protective of its guests. The various places we took cover during the various stages of the storm had guests who weren’t always listening or responsive to the instructions of the staff, yet the staff managed to keep the necessary control to keep everyone safe.

When we emerged after the storm had calmed, to see the scenes of destruction: trees topped, decorations moved long distances, we realized how rational and necessary the park’s steps were.

And by the time they opened on Sunday, while not everything was repaired, they managed to have everything so you didn’t realize just how much damage there was to trees and property within the park.

Now, yesterday evening, Friday night, something was really out of whack for getting into the park. We arrived at 7 p.m. and parked in the Oceans of Fun parking lot. The lot was maybe a little bit less than half full, and there was no line of cars entering the parking lot. Yet when we got to the top of the stairs at the edge of the parking lot, we saw a VERY long line waiting to get into the park. The line was thick, and extended all the way from the security booths, up to the top of the stairs, and thus along the fence at the edge of the parking lot, until it extended beyond the Mamba in Worlds of Fun. There seemed to be no crush of people between the security booths and the ticket scanners, and people were passing through.

We had already gone by the line of cars backed up all the way down Worlds of Fun Avenue waiting to get into the park, so we knew it would be even worse trying to get to the main entrance. So we just went home.

Today, now I was particularly recognized by several people as a regular “park denizen”. Three different staff commented that I had cut my hair. The one scanning my pass into the park congratulated me on having entered the park for my 102nd day.

I also actually walked by Paisano’s Pizza in Europa when it looked open: staff was there and there was actually food behind the glass for purchase.  But I still couldn’t buy lunch there. No one was available to run the register to sell the food.

The street of shops in Americana are already “beginning to look a lot like Christmas”, with the decorations already going up for WinterFest, and the music from the speakers playing Christmas Carols.

At supper time, I tried to fill my all-season bottle at the Refresh station in the Orient, but was told it had just closed, yet I could get it filled at the MarketPlace in Americana. But when I got to the MarketPlace the door was open, but there was no staff available. There was a couple there asking if I was the staff, so they could pay for the bottled water they were trying to purchase. We finally decided they could check at the information booth across the plaza. I filled my bottle and went back to the Refresh Station at the Orient, and informed the staff there that the MarketPlace was open and unstaffed. The one associate immediately confirmed another staff was covering for her, and darted off to check on the MarketPlace. Kudos to her for showing such responsibility.

But that story followed an earlier one, where I had just entered the park at 5:21 p.m. and tried to purchase something at Chickie’s and Pete’s, only to be told they were closing at 5:30 p.m. for the Overlord’s Awakening. When I asked why they were closing one hour and thirty minutes before the awakening, they mentioned that the parade was being moved up to 6. Yet our checking on Facebook and the WOF website could find nothing about the time changes. I am not sure where the park is putting these necessary change information, but our inability to find it was inconvenient on our schedules and plans.

So, the park gets very good marks on several important things, yet also lacking on some important communication updates.

I would also mention that we renewed our season passes for 2018 finally. I tried to purchase the season drink bottle, but could only find the season drink plan online. I purchased it, hoping it actually was the season drink bottle.  We will see what happens when we try to use it next year.

Finally, below are the usage stats, to date, for this year’s All Season Dining Plan:

 

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 549
Total Retail $5,719.38
Average Price Per Meal $0.91
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 518
Total Retail $564.50
Average Price Per Drink $0.06

A Look Ahead…

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We have the Kansas City Renaissance Festival’s Final weekend of the year coming up, and the continuing Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun

Witches & Wizards – October 14th & 15th, 2017


Kid’s Pumpkin Scramble

Join us for this fall themed version of musical chairs! Be the last one standing on a pumpkin to win. Join us for this FREE contest at 10:45am daily at the Washing Well Stage.


Hula Hoop Competition

You don’t have to jump through hoops to enter; you just need to be the last man, woman, or child hula hooping to win! Join in for FREE each day at 12:45pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Final Costume Contest

Watch this season’s costume contest winners compete in our FINAL costume contest! Held daily at 1:15pm at the Washing Well Stage. Costume contest sponsored by 


BBQ Pork Eating Competition

Compete to see who can devour their food the fastest at this FREE contest held daily at 2:45pm at the Washing Well Stage.

 


Pumpkin Ring Toss

Get the most ring around the pumpkin stem in the allotted amount of time to win this FREE fall contest. Held daily at 3:00pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Candy Corn Relay

Race to fill your cup with this fall favorite candy the fastest! Whoever has the most candy in their cup when time runs out wins this FREE contest. Held daily at 4:30pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Fairy House Auction

This year’s Fairy House Auction will be held online! All proceeds will be donated to Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation. Details to come!

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Join us at Worlds of Fun for the ultimate fall festival – The Great Pumpkin Fest! This family-friendly event is all treats and no tricks and features special Halloween-themed activities for kids plus PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions in Planet Snoopy!

Halloween Haunt

As darkness falls, fear rises when the Overlord calls his army to transform the park into Halloween Haunt. All new in 2017, the Skeleton Crew brings a high-flying cirque-style show of talented acrobats with a team of skeletons to shock witnesses with electrifying acrobatic performances. Experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of 13 Extreme Haunts as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams. All you fear is here select nights from September 16 through October 29.

All Season Dining Plan Year-To-Date Summary

Total Price Paid $497.44
Total Number of Meals 528
Total Retail $5,512.04
Average Price Per Meal $0.94
Total Drink Price 29.64
Total number of drinks 502
Total Retail $548.50
Average Price Per Drink $0.06

Worlds of Fun: Park Denizens converse

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Today’s post is about something that happened a week ago at Worlds of Fun. I went in the evening to grab supper and some entertainment, while avoiding the excessive, for me, atmosphere of the Halloween Haunt’s Overlord’s Awakening.

The current trick is to drive in through the secondary entrance — the Oceans of Fun parking lot side — and walk in to the places we want to go.  It neatly avoids the sound buildup to the Overlord’s Awakening, along with the crowds waiting to see it. All that sound is projected out towards the main parking lot, and doesn’t bother much in the rest of the park.

It doesn’t avoid the fog from the stage fog machines, but even that can be worked around, to some extent.

Anyway, back to last Saturday. I parked, got scanned by security, season pass confirmed by admissions, and walked over to the BattleCreek Barbecue. The Barbecue must have had a busy day, because there didn’t seem to be a lot left.  The animated menu sign still had rotating images for the Brisket Sandwich, Pork Sandwich, and BBQ Nachos meal deals.  But the static menu screen only showed Pork Sandwich and BBQ Nachos. Which meant what I thought it did. When I got up to the register they confirmed that they were OUT OF BRISKET.

So I ordered the Pork Sandwich with side and looked over the dining area, which was mostly empty. It also had mostly tables that hadn’t yet been wiped down after their last use, obviously so.  Which is how I ended up as a single person sitting at one of the largest circular tables, meant to seat six.  It was the table that looked the cleanest (though also in need of being cleaned). And for the same reason I chose it, another single-dining patron asked if she could sit there across from me, which I agreed to.

And thus the chance meeting of two strangers turned into a conversation of two park denizens discussing their experiences about the park, and their general satisfaction of their season passes, all season dining plans, etc.

It was a pleasure to discuss the park with someone else who spent much of the summer there with her kids, and discuss the benefits that variously accrued to the plans. She hadn’t heard about the Platinum Passes, which grant access to any park in the Cedar Fair network, I learned more from her about the fast passes. Both of us are very curious about the new and  upcoming WinterFest season that runs the end of November and through December.

I have been an interested participant and observer over the past few years, as the park has developed and integrated, and become more of a definite social setting for the local and regional community. We are generally pleased with its role and participation within the Cedar Fair Network, and that organizations definite commitment to amusement parks and the communities that they reside in.

While my family is not big on the Halloween Haunt, our visits there this fall just confirm to us what a good thing and boon it is to the area to have such an attraction in place; just as my walk through Planet Snoopy today — though no longer a parent of kids of the age Planet Snoopy is intended for — that this children’s area of the park is another thriving blessing to the area. My kids enjoyed it when it was Camp Snoopy, and I am glad other kids are still enjoying it as Planet Snoopy. We were able to go into the store inside Planet Snoopy and see the banner from the grand opening on  May 28, 2011 — and still find all four of our names there, part of the history of the park.

A Look Ahead …

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Here are the events coming up that we will be having something to do with, though not in every facet mentioned in the below writeups:

 

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Join us at Worlds of Fun for the ultimate fall festival – The Great Pumpkin Fest! This family-friendly event is all treats and no tricks and features special Halloween-themed activities for kids plus PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions in Planet Snoopy!

Halloween Haunt

As darkness falls, fear rises when the Overlord calls his army to transform the park into Halloween Haunt. All new in 2017, the Skeleton Crew brings a high-flying cirque-style show of talented acrobats with a team of skeletons to shock witnesses with electrifying acrobatic performances. Experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of 13 Extreme Haunts as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams. All you fear is here select nights from September 16 through October 29.

Wine & Romance Delight

Wine & Romance Delight – September 30 & October 1

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Indulge your sweet tooth this weekend at our Wine & Romance Delight! Participate in one of our many sweet events held all weekend including a Chocolate and Mead tasting.


Three Legged Race

Test your endurance as a couple while racing to the finish line! Held daily at 10:45am near the Washing Well Stage.


Wedding of the Century

 

Celebrate love! Witness couples renew their wedding vows or exchange them for the first time! The Wedding of the Century will be held Saturday on the Joust Track at 12:00pm.

 


Couple Water Balloon Toss

Calling all couples! Join us for the FREE Couple Water Balloon Toss held daily at 12:45pm. Located at the Washing Well Stage.


Costume Contest

Showcase your best garb in this week’s FREE costume contest! Held daily at 1:15pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Red Wine Sausage Eating Competition

Join us for a FREE Red Wine Sausage Eating Competition to see which couple can finish their bowl the fastest. Located at the Washing Well Stage at 2:45pm daily.


Newlywed Game

Test your knowledge! How well do you know your significant other? Find out at the FREE Newlywed Game! Held daily at 3:00pm at the Washing Well Stage.


Mr. Renaissance

Are you Prince Charming? Enter our handsome man contest at the Washing Well Stage! Held daily at 4:00pm.


Longest Kiss Competition

Held daily at the Washing Well Stage at 5:00pm!

 

Driving Miss Daisy

Sept. 27, 2017 – Nov. 26, 2017

New Theatre Restaurant

Daisy, a wealthy, acerbic widow, has wrecked another car. Her son decides she needs a chauffeur and hires an unemployed black man named Hoke. Daisy and Hoke dislike each other initially but over the course of 25 years, the two grow to become very dear friends. This funny, joyful play won the Pulitzer Prize and the film adaptation won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

A Look Ahead …

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Three things coming up this weekend, the first two at Worlds of Fun:

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Join us at Worlds of Fun for the ultimate fall festival – The Great Pumpkin Fest! This family-friendly event is all treats and no tricks and features special Halloween-themed activities for kids plus PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions in Planet Snoopy!

Halloween Haunt

As darkness falls, fear rises when the Overlord calls his army to transform the park into Halloween Haunt. All new in 2017, the Skeleton Crew brings a high-flying cirque-style show of talented acrobats with a team of skeletons to shock witnesses with electrifying acrobatic performances. Experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of 13 Extreme Haunts as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams. All you fear is here select nights from September 16 through October 29.

Ales & Tails — September 16th-17th, 2017 (Kansas City Renaissance Festival)

Join us for one of the most popular theme weekend events at the Renaissance Festival! Bring your pooch and learn about pet safety and training, purchase pet clothing, personalized tags, all-natural dog food and parade your dog around for the Pet Costume Contest! You must complete the Dog Registration Form & check in at the pet gate.


Longbow Archery Championships

Steady, aim, fire! Put your shot to the test in our annual Longbow Competition. Held outside of the festival’s front gate daily at 10:00am.

Tallest and Small Dog Contest

Held daily at 10:45am near the Washer Well Stage.


Pet Costume Contest

Whether ye pet be a fairy, a pirate, a gypsy, or a mixture of them all, we want to see their costume! Come show off your pet at the daily FREE pet costume contest. Held daily at 1:15pm at the Washer Well Stage.


Hot “Dog” Eating Competition

Don’t worry! These dogs are made from pigs. Race to finish your hot dog the fastest and receive a prize! This FREE competition is held daily at 2:45pm at the Washer Well Stage.


Best Dog Trick Competition

Think your pooch has the coolest trick around? Show them off at the FREE Dog Trick Competition located at the Washer Well Stage at 3:00pm daily.


Corgi Race

Watch the corgis test their legs and speed against other pups to win fun prizes! Race begin at 4:00pm on the Joust Track daily.


Sit Means Sit Competition

Who can sit still the longest? Show off your dog’s mastery of the essential trick “sit” and see who can hold the position the longest! Located near the Washer Well Stage at 5:00pm daily.


Bring your Dog!

While the Renaissance Festival loves all animals, only dogs that have proof of their rabies vaccination are allowed into the Festival. All dogs must be leashed and check in at the Pet Gate. Visit our Bring your Dog! page for more information.


Villager Bingo

Can you find them all? Play Villager Bingo for FREE and win a FREE festival ride. Pick up your card at the Info Booth at the Front Gate. All day!


Weekend Promotions

Celebration of Cities (Columbia MO, Jefferson City MO & Rolla MO)

Residents from these cities will receive $3 off their admission ticket when they present proof of residency at our box office.

Ladies’ Shopping Weekend

Grab your friends and join us for a day of shopping and wine for only $20! The discount ticket includes admission, glass of wine, gift bag, and the opportunity to receive discounts from select artisans all day!

Scout Day

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and leaders can wear their uniform for a $10 ticket at the box office.

Harvesters Food Drive 

Donate 5 non-perishable food items and receive a Buy One, Get One ticket opportunity on a regular priced Adult admission ticket! Please, no expired food!

Half-Price Pet Admission

Pet Admission is cut in half and is only $5.00 this weekend only!