It’s the “back gate” not the “main gate”, we have said innumerable times, explaining once again that the Scandinavian gate that almost everyone, including the park, refers to as the main gate was never intended to be the main gate. The main gate as we knew it, was bulldozed after the 1998 season to make way for…........... Wait for it…............ Go Karts. Finally, 18 years later, Worlds of Fun will HOPEFULLY have something it has not had since 1998, a REAL main gate. On August 18th, 2016 the park made several announcements related to the 2017 season and in this (probably lengthy) blog post we will take a detailed look at each of the four announcements, and provide some insight and probably a whole lot of guessing into the details of each one.
Let’s go back though and look at some history though first (because you do all know WHO is writing this right?). Worlds of Fun opened in May 26, 1973, and to enter the park guests rode a tram to the MAIN gate, bought tickets at a beautiful tree-lined plaza complete in Americana-style gingerbread trim and crossed the beautiful side-wheeler Henrietta to enter the park. In front of them as is there today was Front Street Square. There was a second gate at the time too, the group-sales gate, or back gate that lead into Scandinavia, buses could easily pull up and in later years bands, choirs, school groups could organize and enter the park as a group here too. Other than for groups it was seldom used, in fact a large sign once hung above the back lots informing guests whether the gate was even open for the day or not.
As Winter Fest is a traditional Kings Island event, a look at King's Island version at KI Central might be of interest: http://kicentral.com/parkhistory/winterfest/