A closeup look at Disney KiteTails now playing at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Disney KiteTails Lion King show
Posted: Wednesday October 6, 2021 9:54am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney KiteTails made its debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom this past week as part of "The World's Most Magical Celebration." 

Taking place in the Discovery River, with seating in the DinoLand side of the theater originally built for Rivers of Light, the show last for 20 minutes, including a pre-show with a kids' parade.

The show features various kites depicting familiar characters from "The Lion King" or "The Jungle Book," including Baloo, Zazu, Simba, King Louie, Timon and Pumbaa. There are two separate shows, with one featuring the Lion King, and the other featuring the Jungle Book - you do not see both sets of kites in the same show.

Watch the video below for a look at an entire performance of Disney KiteTails. (4K YouTube)

Six jetskis are used in the show to pull the three large 30ft long kites above the water.

In addition to the water-based kites, there are performers on land at the front of the theater flying smaller kite and wind catchers.

An interesting part of the show is the rather heavy landing of each of the large kites, directly into the Asia seating section.

Click the gallery to see more pictures from Disney KiteTails.

The show officially made its debut on October 1 as part of "The World's Most Magical Celebration" at Walt Disney World. Showtimes ware currently 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, and 5:15pm daily.

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danv31 day ago

There were definitely sounds last week when the kites “landed.” Honestly, Disney should be ecstatic about the buzz the crashes are generating. Outside of the crashes, this show is extremely boring. I mean, it’s two jet skis driving in circles with kites attached for 15 minutes. That’s it. I know it’s not intended to be a major production, but man…

mikejs781 day ago

Maybe because people now have actually seen it in person instead of on YouTube?

GhostHost10001 day ago

settling for the new Disney level of entertainment

Bullseye19671 day ago

All 3 of those may be correct.

Tom Morrow1 day ago

I like how in a few short weeks we have transitioned from "literally the most embarrassing show ever" to "actually sort of fun" to "definitely better than Harmonious"

Clyde Birdbrain2 days ago

I saw the show yesterday and liked it. It was only the Lion King kites and it was short, but I thought it was cute. After each segment the kites 'crash' into the empty seating area, but that is supposed to happen. The person on the back of the jet ski unclips the lines and then there are cast members on the shore to fold the kites up. There were no mishaps during the performance that we saw. The cast members on the jet skis were very enthusiastic by cheering and waving.

JoeCamel2 days ago

Replace these kites with high performance and have dueling battles. The crowd would eat it up. No IP so Bob won't be happy but.....

Sir_Cliff2 days ago

Couldn't they just add a short clip from the narrator saying something about the kite/s coming in for a landing the first time they're about to crash one into the stands? Once people get used to the kites crashing into the stands the shock factor fades and everyone seems quite amused by the whole spectacle, so I think they only really need some kind of cue for the audience the first time that this is what's supposed to happen.

DisneyDodo2 days ago

Previously, guests simply suspected something had gone wrong. Now, Disney pretty much confirms that that’s the case.

SpectroBro3 days ago

It’s literally in a scrap dumpster backstage. fr

trainplane33 days ago

Ah, found a public image that should help show the state of RoL:

mikejs783 days ago

They should get all their sounds from Windows 95.

mikejs783 days ago

Curious if any insiders know what the GSATs look like for this show... @ToTBellHop, @Magic Feather?

trainplane33 days ago

Kinda tough to do that now ☠️