Saturday, September 30, 2023

Worlds of Fun celebrates new coaster and anniversary with “first rider” fundraiser

Worlds of Fun will debut the re-imagined Zambezi Zinger roller coaster this spring for its 50th Anniversary. To celebrate, the amusement park is hosting the Zambezi Zinger First Rider Expedition when the highly anticipated ride opens later this spring, benefiting Big Slick and pediatric cancer research at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Thirty-two winners on two trains will be randomly selected via drawing to be selected as the first public riders on Zambezi Zinger and will attend the VIP grand opening celebration.

All proceeds will be donated to Big Slick, an annual fundraiser hosted by Kansas City natives Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, David Koechner and Rob Riggle that raises money for Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Fundraising ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Monday, April 3.

“We are incredibly grateful for this unique partnership with Big Slick and Worlds of Fun. The money raised will continue to position our Children’s Mercy Research Institute as a world-class leader in using whole genome sequencing to determine the best course of treatment to save lives today and add to a body of research to help children for generations to come,” said Children’s Mercy CEO, Paul Kempinski.

Zambezi Zinger is a steel-wood hybrid roller coaster designed by Great Coasters International and will feature 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 down 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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