Thursday, June 20, 2024

Worlds of Fun celebrates turning 50 with park updates and new coaster

Worlds of Fun will open to the public for its 50th Anniversary season on Saturday, April 8. The park has undergone several updates and upgrades in the offseason ahead of the landmark celebration. Significant theming changes have been made throughout the park, including a brand-new fountain and cobblestone plaza in Europa, a bell tower in Americana, major upgrades to ride queues, new signage, and many more surprises for the park’s guests.

The park has announced that the highly anticipated Zambezi Zinger roller coaster will open to the public in late spring.

Guests will have two opportunities to be among the first to ride, with the first happening before the ride opens. As previously announced, Worlds of Fun is hosting a First Rider Expedition fundraising campaign benefiting Big Slick and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Donors will have the opportunity to be randomly selected to ride the first two trains of the roller coaster. The contest can be entered here.

If not selected, guests will still have another chance to be among the first to ride Zambezi Zinger. Season Passholders will also have an opportunity to be among the first to ride during an exclusive Season Passholder Preview Event. That date has not yet been announced.

Zambezi Zinger is a steel-wood hybrid roller coaster designed by Great Coasters International and features two groundbreaking pieces of technology, dynamic Infinity Flyer trains from Skyline Attractions and TitanTrack. The coaster draws inspiration from its namesake by featuring a spiral lift hill, low contour turns, and midcourse tunnel. The track layout pays homage to its predecessor, flying high through the trees and plunging into a gulley in the park’s Africa section. It is 74 feet tall and will reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour.

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