Worlds of Fun
Kansas City, Missouri
August 3, 2012
I hate it when summer comes to an end because with my Sunday-Wednesday
work schedule once schools go back in session and parks stop weekday operations
it seriously limits where Bond and I can go. So at the end of the
summer we try to go to a few places that are a little too far to go after
school starts. So Mike Galvan came down from Chicago to my humble
rural Illinois abode and we trekked across Missouri on a great voyage to
Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri where we were to meet up with Greg,
Gump and Travis.
Being great adventurers it was nice meeting a fellow world traveller like
Phileas Fogg; whose adventures which are chronicled in the book "Around
The World in 80 Days" which was the basis for Worlds of Fun's globe trotting
It's been a couple of years since our last visit to Worlds of Fun and the
big change since then was the addition of the Grand Carousel just inside
the park's entrance.
This is a classic 1918 hand carved Marcus Illions Carousel that ran at the
Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition in 1926 and then ran at the now
defunct Geauga Lake Park from 1937 to 2007 when that park closed.
Now I'm not sure why the park lists this as a ride from 1918 when all the
history I can find on it starts at 1926. Maybe some of it's 64 jumping
horses date back to 1918.
Before coming to Worlds of Fun from it's previous home Cedar Fair; the company
that owns Worlds of Fun and many other parks, fully restored this classic.
It's nice to have a local park (for me) with a classic carousel that
has been properly cared for unlike one of the other parks in Missouri.
As many of you may know this year has been an extremely hot and dry one
for us here in the Midwest. When we arrived at Worlds of Fun at opening
the temperatures were already in the 90's and ended up around 103 Fahrenheit.
As a result we had to take care to drink a lot of water and of course keep
cool in any way possible.
How did we keep Bond cool? Take one glass of ice water (with ice),
dump it into his hat and then put the hat on his head and voila a cooled
off, but wet Bond.