First impressions of Disney KiteTails at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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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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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 ☠️