Updates Coming to KiteTails in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an exciting place to be this summer with the newly updated, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond, a returning favorite Disney character meet and greet, and so much more! Among new additions to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in the coming months are some updates to the Disney KiteTails show.

Credit: Disney

This morning, the Disney Parks Blog announced that the show will be receiving some small updates to make it viewable from anywhere around the Discovery River Lagoon. In the current version of the show, which debuted last October as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Walt Disney World Resort, Guests have found that the best view of the show is within the permanent seating areas, so this change should make it easier for Guests in the park to stumble upon the show and catch portions of Disney KiteTails more spontaneously.

Credit: Disney, Matt Stroshane, photographer

In KiteTails, Guests can experience a festive celebration in the air in this Disney park with kits featuring classic Disney characters like Simba from The Lion King (1994), Baloo from The Jungle Book (1967), and more, with some of the kites even stretching as far as 30 ft. long! The changes to the show will keep the same characters and stories, while making it easier to see during your visit.

Disney KiteTails will also move to shorter and more frequent performances, another change that should help Guests fit the show into their day at the park as they will find more opportunities to see it. And, in between these shorter performances, Discovery River will host the popular Character Flotillas, with music and special moments created just for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, plus characters like Mickey Mouse and friends, Timon, Rafiki, Pocahontas, and more.

Credit: Matt Stroshane / Disney

While it is very exciting for traditional character experiences to return to Walt Disney World later this month, myself and many Guests had hoped that some of the ‘character sightings’ we’ve seen over the past couple of years would remain as well, so I am excited to see the Flotillas continue to run in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Disney has not yet confirmed a date for when the changes at Disney KiteTails will take place, but we will update you here on Disney Fanatic as we learn more.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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