5 Reasons Why You Should Not Skip Kali River Rapids At Animal Kingdom

It seems I still have to convince some people that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not a zoo, but a park worthy of their day tickets. This amazes me because it is one of my favorite Disney Parks. Disney spent 10 years in designing their fourth Park and spent over $800,000,000.00 initially to build it. Count those zeros guys, they were intent on building this park right, and they are still adding to it. With the addition of Pandora – The Land of Avatar and numerous nighttime activities like Rivers of Light, we know those zeros are climbing! I personally felt there was plenty at Animal Kingdom to draw Disney fans in but we are still thrilled with the additions. One of the “originals” however is still a major attractions at Animal Kingdom that you should not overlook. Here are some reasons why:

5. Keep your gear dry while you ride a great water ride.

Disney knows some riders will not want to have everything drenched, so you will find short term complimentary lockers near the entrance to the attraction. There is no longer a dry storage compartment in the center of the raft. The raft seats 12 and you will have the safety of seat belt to keep you in the riding position instead of a flying one when you hit those powerful bumps further on in the journey. IF you want to experience the ride, but prefer not to be soaked then please get one of the fashionable Disney ponchos in the gift shop or maybe bring a backup pair of clothes to wear after you enjoy Kali River Rapids. It is an outside ride, so it does close if bad weather sets in. Get an afternoon FastPass+ for a short wait and temperatures where you will welcome all the water you are going to be drenched with.

4. Those in your party who are too small/young to ride can still feel a part of the adventure that is Kali River Rapids.

There is a 38-inch height requirement for riding but that doesn’t mean the little ones can’t have fun. Get a Rider Switch and the person staying with the non-riders can make them a part of the adventure by finding the Elephant Squirters which are on top of a bridge that spans the ride. If they can push a button, then they can use these Squirters to spray riders as they drift by. Oh yeah! These are fun for people of all ages. (Hint: practice on some rafts that come down before your targeted one to get the feel of the squirter, and wait to shoot until the raft is about one raft length away and you should be successful!)

3. You will get a conservation message, with a punch to help you remember it.

The beauty of the rainforest that you begin your journey in is unmistakable, as you ascend 90-feet. The smell of Jasmine and Ginger fills the air. As you move along, unfortunately you find yourself in a deforested area where the sight is depressing and the smell of smoke still in the air. The illegal logging not only destroyed this beautiful forest but you can see that it destroyed animal habitats as well as trees and other plants and their litter is threatening the river. A logging truck has actually slid into the river threatening the environment even more. The conservation theme of Animal Kingdom plays out here in a memorable experience.

2. Please don’t miss the incredible theming the Disney Imagineers have put into this water ride.

From the queue through the whole experience is a treasure trove of imagery. The queue takes you through stone ruins, an old temple, shrines, past murals representing others’ trips down the river (check out the names above each one), and into the Kali Rapids Expeditions who serves as your guide on the river. Don’t miss the thousands of artifacts in the queue and the Prayer Flags from Tibet. Listen up too, you may hear loggers cutting down trees, a foreshadowing of what you will see on your journey.

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1. This ride is fun!

You will, most likely, get soaked! This is the perfect ride when Florida is bringing on the heat and humidity in the afternoon. You will fly down the Chakranadi River, a Thai name that means “the river which runs in a circle”, through rapids, tight turns, down a 25-foot drop, over bumps, taking bumps from the rocks and waterfalls, over geysers, taking on water jets, spinning the whole time and you cannot control a thing! Even in the cave you will be dripped on. The ride is a wild and wet six-minutes long. Each raft has a humorous name such as “Kathmandoozy” and “Sherpa Surfer”.

I hope that I have convinced you to try Kali River Rapids so you aren’t missing out!

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.