Preparations get underway at Disney's Animal Kingdom for 'Disney KiteTails'

Jul 16, 2021 in "Disney KiteTails"

Disney KiteTails jetski platforms
Posted: Friday July 16, 2021 10:14am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Preparations are underway at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Discovery River Amphitheater for the debut of 'Disney KiteTails,' a new show beginning October 1 2021.

A number of platforms where the show's jet skis will dock have been setup in the river near to the Expedition Everest restroom area.

Click the gallery to see more pictures of the new docks.

Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water, elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo, and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.

With this new show, the amphitheater will be used for the first time since Rivers of Light ended in 2020.

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Magic FeatherNov 29, 2021

Every other show starting with Jungle Book (prone to change based on Kite availability).

SpectroBroNov 29, 2021

Typically it’s every other show, unless there are issues with certain props and they can do multiple of the same version in a row.

DisneyDodoNov 29, 2021

I mean for the two versions of the shows

Bullseye1967Nov 29, 2021

Every hour from 11:15 to 5:15 except no show at 2:15.

DisneyDodoNov 29, 2021

Ah good to know thanks. Is there a schedule they generally follow or does it vary from day to day?

Bullseye1967Nov 29, 2021

The boards on the parks and the daily guide maps specify which show. I don't think they want to announce it to far out in case a kite has an "accident".

DisneyDodoNov 29, 2021

They post showtimes, but I don’t see anywhere that they specify which times correspond to the LK version and which correspond to JB

Bullseye1967Nov 29, 2021

The schedule is in MDE as well as posted.

DisneyDodoNov 29, 2021

Is there any sort of regular pattern regarding what times they do the LK show vs the JB show? I know my daughter would prefer LK so I’d like to be able to schedule my day around it.

SpectroBroNov 26, 2021

Yeah I mean, Rivers of Light was ended long before KiteTails was created. Don’t act like KiteTails booted Rivers out. Rivers was already gone. Guests had plenty of time to like Rivers, but no one would admit it until it was too late… and I can confirm that all of the set pieces have been crushed and carted away in dumpsters so I think it’s time to let the RoL talk die…

DisneyNorthFanNov 26, 2021

Watched Kite Tails on both days we were at Animal Kingdom this week - from the seating area at Flame Tree BBQ - once w/ lunch from Flame Tree and once with snacks from Eight Spoon and Kamal's. We all enjoyed the show and found it to be a nice surprise. The size of the kites took us by surprise in a good way and there was a level of excitement for watching what could go wrong ... and we did see an unplanned crash landing. It's no replacement for ROL, but it's a nice daytime addition to the park nonetheless.

V_L_RaptorNov 26, 2021

At first, I figured they left unsaid that they would avoid crashing into those stands. It's the little things, I guess. O.o When I saw KT for the first time in October, it was just ugly the way they could get the kites flying from slightly offstage, but pretty much dump them into the water from the air and in full view after each song. (For context, this was just after Baloo went tree-climbing.) I can't imagine that was healthy in any way for the kite materials, especially if the kites were used multiple times a day. Granted, there may have been multiple sets of kites for each show ready and dry for their showtime schedule, but the show impression was soaking wet. It's a means of using the lake space, sure, but not much more than that. It may be better framed as a means of encouraging people to buy their meals over at Flame Tree and sit under the shelters to watch, where they needn't worry about having too close an encounter with falling fabrics. I don't remember seeing KT merch for sale, so I'm at a loss for what monetary value the new regime thought they would gain from this flight of fantasy.

MisterPenguinNov 25, 2021

Kitetails is a Primevel Whirl replacement. Primeval Whirl is off of the brochure, and Kitetails is being advertised. Therefore, Kitetails replaced Primeval Whirl.

mm52200Nov 24, 2021

The show was being developed to run alongside RoL during the day. It’s a 10 minute show that runs several times a day. It’s not a new nighttime spectacular. But yes a totally brand new entertainment offering running several times a day that is fun and the guests in the park actually enjoy watching and adds another experience for them to do during the day that didn’t replace anything is definitely a downgrade...