First impressions of Disney KiteTails at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Sep 28, 2021 in "Disney KiteTails"

Posted: Tuesday September 28, 2021 7:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Cast Members were able to see a preview of Disney KiteTails early this morning at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and here are some details and early thoughts on the new show.

Disney KiteTails takes place on the Discovery River and is viewed from the DinoLand side of the amphitheater built for Rivers of Light. The Asia side of the theater is not used for the audience or performers, but is a landing site for the large kites.

A small 10 minute preshow sees two performers fly small Little Mermaid kites, and a family of sea turtle puppet-like kites hand out mini-turtle puppets to some of the audience for what is likely to be a kids' parade around the theater. From the pre-show, the Discovery Island drummers start the 10 minute show.

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. It appears that 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.

There is a narrated introduction, but during the show there is no storyline or narration, with the kite sequences accompanied by music only.

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 approximately eight performers on land at the front of the theater flying smaller kites.

The general impression is that Disney KiteTails is a low-key show that will be a pleasant surprise for guests to catch while in the area, and as always the performers give it their all. But it isn't a major production like Rivers of Light, and expectations should be set accordingly. Comparisons can be made to it being cavalcade-like in scope.

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

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ToTBellHopOct 28, 2022

This is the only way:

brb1006Oct 28, 2022

What about King Louie and Baloo taking a nap?

MisterPenguinOct 28, 2022

When will Kitetails be back? It was a family-favorite for weeks and weeks. Can't wait to someday bring my grandkids to see Kitetails and see the same shocked look of horror on them when Simba crashes head first into the stands, just like it was for me!

brb1006Oct 28, 2022

I forgot that Kitatails is closing in a few days.... really tells you how WDW's 50th Anniversary offerings was executed. Here's a live look at WDW's 50th Anniversary Campaign as it's getting closer to it's conclusion. Spongebob Laughing = Iger/Chapek What a complete joke WDW's 50th Anniversary Celebration turned out to be compared to Disneyland's 50th and 60th Anniversaries. Disney's 100th Anniversary ("100 Years of Wonder") starting next year better make up for this.

pdude81Oct 28, 2022

Kitetails was cute and fun. But since it didn't work super well with selling G+ to the crappy side of the "stadium" they killed it. I personally would assume they'd just install some infrastructure on the other side for G+ and work out the kinks.

TwilightZoneOct 28, 2022

IDK I kinda liked kitetails, for what it was. Reminded me of 90's disney charm. But I guess that doesn't really translate well into a long term show...

wdriveSep 29, 2022

I hope so but I find it more likely they’ll take it as live entertainment isn’t popular

cjkeatingSep 28, 2022

Hopefully this shows a few more people in WDW that IP doesn’t equal popularity.

gerararSep 28, 2022

KiteTails had its last performance today and took its final bow, earlier than planned due to the upcoming closures of the parks. Must be bittersweet and sad for the CMs working this show. Since they were 3rd party, their contracted jobs are essentially done now. "This afternoon at 3:10pm, kites filled the skies of the Discovery River Amphitheater for the final time. Disney KiteTails was originally scheduled to end on September 30th but had its final performance this afternoon instead. Cast Members and managers made an announcement to guests in attendance that it would be the final show and the skilled performers took a 'final bow' after the show by taking one final lap around the lake."

JoeCamelSep 19, 2022

I think that was a new offering that was moderately entertaining. 5 years on I doubt you would see many sticking around for it. As they say the show had no legs

mdcprSep 19, 2022

The Amphitheater was packed during River of Light--a show that some people did like. But this one, no need to be sitting to see the kites from somewhere else.

VJSep 18, 2022

7 years ago isn't really "a little bit", to be fair

crazy4disneySep 18, 2022

Without a doubt.

erasure fan1Sep 18, 2022

I think you missed the point. Yes they are making excuses, that's the PR spin. But people think the reason all this stuff happened or didn't happen is because of covid. It's not. Covid was the catalyst to implement everything. But they distract people with fake excuses like covid forced us. When in reality they are perfectly fine with how covid played out.