Kali River Rapids refurbishment planned for early 2020

Dec 10, 2019 in "Kali River Rapids"

Posted: Tuesday December 10, 2019 9:26am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom is scheduled to close for its annual refurbishment in early 2020.

The refurbishment is planned to begin on January 6 through to March 20, reopening to guests on March 21 2020.

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MotherOfBirdsDec 14, 2019

The solution would be to just add more general theming and scenery rather than the showcase of AK's landscaping department. More ruins and man-made features that double as a guest-moistening apparatus. Perhaps the whole post drop section could be changed to a desolate, deforested area to contrast the lush beginning in keeping with the environmental message. A rapids ride isn't the proper vehicle, literally and figuratively, for a highly themed, detailed experience with something to say, but at least it could be more consistent.

The Empress LillyDec 12, 2019

Word is they're going to install fun.

ObscurityPointDec 11, 2019

Exactly, that’s the same problem that occurs with the Jurassic Park ride in (I think Shanghai (one of the parks in Asia)) and the river rafts ride in Shanghai Disney. Even though it just has that one giant alligator, the rest of the ride is pretty empty and barren like Kali.

MaximumEdDec 11, 2019

I’m not sure that’s how the chain of command functions.

Cmdr_CrimsonDec 11, 2019

Problem with a ride like that. You can't appreaciate the scenes you pass compared to Splash Mountain...Like Bilge Rat Barges there are so many details you miss since your boat constantly turns or you get drenched and not see the scene in the ride develop.

ObscurityPointDec 11, 2019

I always jump to Jungle Book just because the themeing would be too perfect-especially if they tried to go with the live action version. It’s an unused classic disney property about Asian animals- it only makes too much sense to add a few bear and tiger animatronics to the empty spaces throughout the KRR sets.

jt04Dec 11, 2019

Every time it closes I am hopeful of a reimagined KRR. I have a hunch Joe likes the current message and might object. Maybe the next CEO can convince Imagineering. Of course what exists now is better than a Zootopia overlay. 😖

ObscurityPointDec 11, 2019

Jungle Book river ride on the way...

voodoo321Dec 10, 2019

2 weeks worth of work and 8 more that they don't have to run and staff it.

twilight mitsukDec 10, 2019

It’s time for Kali river refurbishment season

Tom MorrowDec 10, 2019

Kali closes every year around this time and its always just standard maintenance stuff, if any effects are fixed or other cosmetic changes are done, then that will be surprising.

twilight mitsukDec 10, 2019

And infimity falls at seaworld

Victor KellyDec 10, 2019

Yup. Betting it is ride function and safety stuff. Slap on some paint and refresh things then back open again. In other words standard operating procedure.