Even though Walt Disney World Resort is reopening — or, at least, carrying on with a “phased reopening” — tomorrow after being closed due to Hurricane Ian, one of its shows has just quietly and unknowingly had its final performance.
KiteTails was meant to end its run as an exclusive Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary show with some fanfare on September 30 (tomorrow), but Hurricane Ian has thrown a wrench in all of Florida’s plans and brought about the show’s permanent closure several days early.
KiteTails was, in a way, a crowd-pleaser — that is, if the crowds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom were feeling lighthearted and good-humored (which has seemed somewhat rare these days).
As one Disney Fanatic put it, “This was the best live-action show Disney has ever done. When it worked it was absolutely beautiful. When it didn’t, it was such an entertaining as hell disaster. No matter what you left that show with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.”
KiteTails was indeed known for its somewhat comical failures during performances, which in a way endeared the limited-edition Walt Disney World Anniversary show to Animal Kingdom audiences.
According to the Disney website, this show (which involved kites being pulled by jet ski operators on the Discovery River Lagoon) involved “larger-than-life kites and colorful props [that danced] through the air to the beat of beloved Disney songs.”
The main Disney movies that were honored included The Lion King from 1994 and The Jungle Book from 1967. Disney has not made it clear that KiteTail’s originally-scheduled final showing is out of the picture, but since it was scheduled for yesterday and it has not been mentioned in the phased reopening schedule, it seems likely that this show is indeed gone for good already.
This show certainly made an impression on Disney Guests — whether they were positive impressions or negative ones — but unfortunately, due to Hurricane Ian, there will probably be no smooth sailing for the final showing of KiteTails! What did you think of this show?