What is better than spending a day at Worlds of Fun with students? Also making the short walk over to Oceans of Fun. Yesterday I spent the day with 12 students experience the fun that these parks have to offer. As only God would have it, the day was perfect. We started the day asking for God to keep us safe and provide a great experience for all the students. We knew there was much joy to be had, so we wanted to know that was God was present amidst the thrills! The forecast was sunny and warm, with a nice breeze to keep us cool. The park traffic was light now that school is back in session for many of the Kansas City area schools, so we had short wait times. We were able to make the most of our 7 hours!
We all started at Worlds of Fun riding many of the thrill rides. My favorite has always been the Mamba, and I think it still holds true!
We had a few stops before the Mamba of course which included the Patriot to start our day. If you don’t know about the Patriot, it is a unique ride at Worlds of Fun, with many upside down loops and seats that allow your feet dangle below as you fly around the turns. You can see a ride along video here. Then it was onto the Timberwolf and Detonator before the Mamba. I will say the Mamba wait tested our patience, first it was a dropped item below the cars that they retrieved, then it was a guest illness they had to clean up. Of course the wait just built the energy all the while finding the patience and just enjoying the company of friends. After the Mamba a couple students took on the Boomerang. You can watch their ride here…
After my experience last year, I decided I didn’t want to feel out of sync the remainder of the day so I passed. Following the Boomerang it was onto the Prowler before we took a break for lunch, which was a much needed refueling! For the guys it was onto Oceans of Fun. We all had our fair share of roller coasters and decided it would be a nice and refreshing taking on the water slides and tube rides. It was unanimous that our favorite set of slides were the Predator’s Plunge. The photo below best depicts the surprise of the drop floor that sends you plunging into the tube below at a high speed.
It doesn’t quite capture the full story, but if you can imagine being enclosed in a capsule while leaning slightly back and waiting “patiently” for the 3 second countdown before the floor drops out below you, it makes for a great ride! Until you reach the end you are in an tube the entire time, turning many directions with water flying in your face for all of 30 seconds before you reach the opening at the end.
We hit all of the different rides available at Oceans of Fun, including a stop at the Wave Pool; who doesn’t love a good ole’ wave pool? The mid afternoon spell at the water attractions provided a good break from the high speed roller coasters, but it was time for us to finish out the day with a few last rides at Worlds. We headed as an entire group to the Prowler, the Mamba and onto the Patriot. The photo below says it all…
Smiles galore! The fun was had by all and it was a great way to spend a Sunday. The students were so appreciative of the opportunity to go and I was thankful for the time with them. I continue to be reminded during days like these of why God has placed me on this journey. I cherish the relationships I have developed in serving the students and continually hope for more opportunities like these to get to know students. By the end of the 14 hour day, the students were still going strong, especially those in my car who decided to end our ride with a fun jam session to the Lion King soundtrack! For those of you who know me, it’s all about singing as though no one were listening. I thank God for the “Worlds of Fun” and “Oceans of Fun” He brings into our lives.
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.” ~ Psalm 16:11