Kali River Rapids closing for annual refurbishment beginning January 2023

Dec 13, 2022 in "Kali River Rapids"

Kali River Rapids overview
Posted: Tuesday December 13, 2022 4:50pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom is scheduled to close for its annual refurbishment in early 2023.

The refurbishment is planned to begin on January 9, with no reopening date yet available. Kali River Rapids typically closes for January through April.

View all current and upcoming refurbishments.

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Magicart87Mar 01, 2023

mist? flames? things to look at? rapids? a plot?

cjkeatingMar 01, 2023

Pretty sure the annual Kali closure is just a couple weeks of actual work and then a "seasonal closure" until either it gets warm or the park needs the capacity.

ToTBellHopFeb 28, 2023

This seems shockingly early to finish this work. What were they going to fix but decided not to?

larryzFeb 27, 2023

Word from someone with eyes on says it actually reopened yesterday.

DisneyDreamer08Feb 27, 2023

It was a one and done for me. I felt like I jumped in the pool with my clothes on 👎🏼 But, we will be there next week so I’m happy it reopened early. Spread the crowds out a little more.

Magicart87Feb 27, 2023


JohnDFeb 27, 2023

It's not controversial at all. It's too short. Want a good rapid river ride? Try Bluto's Raft Bilges in Uni.

SpykeYsFeb 27, 2023

Come on, second least favorite after it's a small world.

DrdcmFeb 27, 2023

Controversial opinion here… this is by far my least favorite ride at WDW

DCBakerFeb 27, 2023

Kali River Rapids has reopened earlier than expected and is open today.

EricsBiscuitJan 06, 2023

I got an email from IAAPA saying that this ride and BTMRR were slated to be “improved” this year. Not sure what (if anything) IAAPA actually knows about this, so take it with a grain of salt. Being an industry thing they might even be talking about things not related to show.

DCBakerJan 06, 2023

According to the Walt Disney World website, Kali River Rapids is currently expected to reopen March 17th (as always, this could change).

marni1971Jan 03, 2023

Even 20K had a reopening date.

jinx8402Jan 03, 2023

Also, this is what fans like to call a "dark ride". Honestly, considering the outlet that put that article out, I am really surprised there was that much misinformation. Or maybe not since they are generally an entertainment site and not parks/disney. Feels more like someone writing an article they have no idea about vs clickbait of certain other sites.