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Is Disney World Canceling This Animal Kingdom Show?

Disney Kite Show
Credit: Disney

It appears that one of Disney World’s daytime shows is coming to an end.

Disney KiteTails is a show that is just as it sounds: a series of synchronized kites designed in the likeness of some of Disney’s most beloved animal characters flown in the air around the Discovery River Amphitheater. It was created specifically for Disney’s Animal Kingdom in celebration of The Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary and provided light entertainment to Guests while nearby attractions like Expedition Everest and the Finding Nemo stage show remained shuttered.

Disney KiteTails

New daytime entertainment is stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as “Disney KiteTails” comes alive several times daily beginning Oct. 1, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Performers fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

But there may be a reason to believe that the kites will be lowered for the last time this month.

According to the My Disney Experience website, Disney KiteTails fails to show any more showtimes after May 27.

Now, the show has had a turbulent run with kites crash landing in the stands and the fact that it is disproportionately affected by the weather. We at Disney Fanatic reported last month that Disney Parks was planning on making changes to the show–although no specific changes were announced. So, the lack of showtimes could signal a temporary closing of the show in order for Walt Disney Imagineers to make the necessary changes.

Disney KiteTails

New daytime entertainment is stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as “Disney KiteTails” comes alive several times daily beginning Oct. 1, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Performers fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

It should be mentioned at this point that this is all speculation. The lack of showtimes do not automatically signal the termination of a Disney Parks experience, and this should be taken with a grain of salt and light curiosity until we receive official word from Disney.

Disney KiteTails

New daytime entertainment is stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, as “Disney KiteTails” comes alive several times daily beginning Oct. 1, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Performers fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family. (David Roark, photographer)

In the meantime, we at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor this story and other Disney Park news, and we will update our readers, and more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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