A Blast of the Past #147: Snoopy’s Hot Summer Lights at Worlds of Fun

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For several summers Worlds of Fun had a light show called “Snoopy’s Hot Summer Lights.” It was good the first few years, then sort of faded.  As I recall, there was sound with it too, and that improved as the years went on. They did a better job of eliminating overlapping sound zones to prevent cacophony.

During these lights evenings we got some of our more iconic family pictures.  So here are some of those, and some regular photos.

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A Look Ahead — Father’s Day and beyond

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Trying to put together the list of upcoming events. It is currently skewed to very few things immediate and more things further out. Also most of the events come from a very small set of sources.  Any suggestions to broaden the list is appreciated.

 

 

June 17 — Fathers Day.

A lot of things are probably happening on this date, and if people let me know, I will list more of them.  Currently I am posting the special events Worlds of Fun will be doing on that day:

Dad’s love fun, so celebrate dad where fun lives! Come to the place where families and fun fuse for unforgettable memories this Father’s Day! Gold and Platinum passholders may purchase up to 4 Bring-A-Friend tickets at an exclusive discount on Sunday, June 17th, available online or at any front gate ticket window.

Grab your favorite guy, plus family and friends to explore the thrills at Kansas City’s family park, where just one park includes rides at Worlds of Fun and slides at Oceans of Fun. Spread across 235 acres, feel the wind in your hair on the Patriot’s corkscrew, soak up the sun at Coconut Cove, hunt for high thrills on Prowler, paddle around Buccaneer Bay and never have a dull moment. Round out your Father’s Day celebration aboard the Nordic Chaser, Worlds of Fun’s newest addition in the Scandinavia section of the park, with high-seas excitement on boat-shaped vessels.

June 24— Rehearsals continue for Madrigalia Bar Nonne.

This isn’t an open to the public thing, but interested singers are always welcome to come and join rehearsals, and see if they might want to try out for this select group of period a capella musical performers. Rehearsals continue most Sundays through August, and then the group sings daily at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival at its grounds in Bonner Springs. Anyone interested in joining a rehearsal or the group, drop me a line and I will get you the necessary contact information.  I have been singing with this group since 1999.

June 29-July 1 — LibertyCon

This small and size-limited annual sciene fiction/fantasy convention in Chattanooga, TN is known for being a fun, open, yet family-feeling affair, one that is intensely interested in the art craft, and future of the genre, but also believes in not taking itself too seriously. The limit of 750 memberships is already sold out, and two of them belong to my wife and I. So there will be reports from and after the con on the blog for sure.

July 4 — American Independence Day

More items than I could hope to list belong to this day.  I am listing here the events in Kansas City, actually just the ones at Worlds of Fun:

Worlds of Fun wants to thank the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our country’s military. Veterans of the American Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun on the following holidays:

Armed Forces Day (Saturday, May 19, 2018)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 28, 2018)
Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4, 2018)
Labor Day (Monday, September 3, 2018)

Complimentary tickets are available for active duty, reserve, or retired military (with honorable or medical discharge) and government issued ID.

Veterans or active military members only will receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun, with the option to purchase up to six (6) discounted tickets for immediate family members.

Please present valid government issued ID at any ticket sales window located at the Worlds of Fun or Oceans of Fun main entrance in order to receive your free tickets for military service, and to purchase military discount tickets for immediate family.

July 14 — Avondale United Methodist Church Book Club

The club meets at 10 a.m. in the Church Library, and is open to anyone that wants to come and discuss, or listen to the discussion of the book slated for the month.  For July it is Truman by David McCullough. Well, the second half of the book; being such a monumentally large biography, we have chosen to split our discussion – and the book – into two parts. Since McCullough divides the book into six parts, we discussed his parts 1 to 3 last month, with parts 4 to 6 in July.

July 21 — The Harlem Globetrotter Experience

July 21 & 22 at 5pm & 7pm

As the official juice drink of the Harlem Globetrotters, TUM-e YUMMIES is excited to bring you the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Keep the fun going with the delicious fruity flavors of TUM-e YUMMIES available for purchase throughout the park.

During a 20-minute show performed twice each day near International Plaza, guests of all ages will be entertained by the Globetrotters ball-handling and shooting skills, crowd interaction, and unique brand of comedy.

Throughout their history that spans over nine decades, the Globetrotters have entertained more than 150 million guests, showcasing their vast array of talents in 122 countries on six continents.

The Globetrotters shows are included with Worlds of Fun admission.

A Look Ahead: Songflower – Students and Teachers

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Image may contain: 2 people, textSongflower Chorale Spring Concert

Songflower Chorale, a local choral ensemble standing on the long and illustrious tradition of the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, presents “Students and Teachers” 3 p.m. Sunday April 29th at Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holes, Kansas City, MO

The concert’s repertoire consists of unique works focused on the passing of musical language and tradition from each generation to the next. Included are works of Padre G. B. Martini, a Viennese composer and priest under whom young Mozart studied counterpoint, Gottfried August Homilius, a Swedish organist and composer who studied under J. S. Bach, and several modern composers including renowned teachers such as Paul Chihara and Cecil Effinger. They will also present brand new works by Leslee Wood, Nick Shaheed, and Shelby Scott, all studying composition at the University of Kansas, along with works by composer and director Geoffrey Wilcken. The Chorale will also be assisted by the John Schafer at the organ.

Admittance is free and open to the public; donations at the door are most welcome. The Songflower Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies entirely on donations to fund its outreach to the Kansas City metropolitan area. For more information or to make a secure donation online, visit http://www.songflower.org

Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

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Residents of the Clay and Jackson counties still have a few more weekdays to take advantage of their free visits to the zoo in April that is their right for paying the special zoo tax. 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.

Worlds of Fun

Last weekend was opening weekend, but the season has just begun for Worlds of Fun. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

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.

 

Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

Worlds of Fun Opens Today: Sneak Peak from Friday

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SINGLE DAY FUNPIX

 

Get FunPix to capture, collect, and share all of your professional park photos from a single visit to Worlds of Fun in 2018. With FunPix, you get unlimited digital downloads of all of your photos!

Valid through October 28, 2018.

ALL SEASON FUNPIX

 

Capture a season of memories when you add FunPix to your Season Pass and get unlimited digital, professional park photos from every visit to Worlds of Fun during the 2018 season.

 

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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.

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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 Look Ahead … to WOF

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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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Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

A Look Ahead…

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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.

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Worlds of Fun will be opening for the season on April 21.

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.

 

Image may contain: 2 people, text

 

Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

WinterFest: Lighting the Tree

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Last weekend was the first weekend of WinterFest at Worlds of Fun.  We weren’t able to get out to experience it until Sunday evening, but it was certainly a well-developed event. Several items were still in the process of being set up, but that did not distract from the overall festive impact of the time.

I took a lot of pictures and videos, but have only had time for a little editing, so today’s feature is the tree-lighting ceremony, held nightly at 5:30 p.m.  It was a good ceremony, but did hit one of my perennial hot topics.  You cannot ask people to sing along if you are singing a revised, special, stage-edited version of the song.

So here is the video:

Winterfest is open this weekend 5-10 p.m.  Friday-Sunday