Crash landings now part of the Disney KiteTails show at Disney's Animal Kingdom

19 days ago in "Disney KiteTails"

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Posted: Wednesday November 17, 2021 8:43am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has seized upon the popularity of kites crash landing into the seating area and is now making the moment part of the show.

When each kite makes its crash landing, an accompanying sound is played to highlight the moment and perhaps reassure onlookers that the crash is intended.

In addition to the new crash sound effects, the introductory spiel has been updated to make mention of the crash landings, and "that's part of the fun!"

Watch the video below to hear the new introduction spiel and the crash landing sound effects.

The new intro says, "Whats goes up, must come down, so you will see them land in plain sight in the water and in the designated landing zone in the adjacent seating area."

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Magic Feather7 days ago

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

SpectroBro7 days ago

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.

DisneyDodo8 days ago

I mean for the two versions of the shows

Bullseye19678 days ago

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

DisneyDodo8 days ago

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

Bullseye19678 days ago

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".

DisneyDodo8 days ago

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

Bullseye19678 days ago

The schedule is in MDE as well as posted.

DisneyDodo8 days ago

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.

SpectroBro10 days ago

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…

DisneyNorthFan10 days ago

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_Raptor10 days ago

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.

MisterPenguin12 days ago

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

mm5220012 days ago

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...