Big Changes Coming to Disney KiteTails!

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On October 1, 2021, Walt Disney World Resort kicked off its epic 50th Anniversary celebration. As part of the festivities, Disney introduced a number of new things to Guests, including new attractions, new food, new merchandise, and new shows. One of those new shows was KiteTails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The show currently takes place in DinoLand U.S.A., at the Discovery River Amphitheater, where Guests can sit and watch massive Disney kites take to the skies as classic Disney music plays and makes you want to dance along.

Disney KiteTails

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While the only way to really watch KiteTails has been sitting in the Discovery Rover Amphitheater in DinoLand, Disney has announced that big changes are coming to the show, so more Guests will be able to experience it! Disney Parks Blog shared news of the changes and said:

First up, let’s look to the sky as some of our favorite Disney characters take flight in “Disney KiteTails.” Since its debut as part of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration, this show has been delighting guests with a vibrant celebration of music, color and kites – some as large as 30 feet long – depicting Simba, Baloo and more! Just in time for summer fun, we’re shifting the focus of the show so guests will be able to experience “Disney KiteTails” from anywhere around the Discovery River Lagoon, with shorter and more frequent performances throughout the day.  

Between “Disney KiteTails” performances, Discovery River will come alive with our Character Flotillas! Setting sail in succession, these high-energy boats will fill the waters throughout the park with music, EARidescent 50th anniversary moments and characters including Mickey and friends, Timon, Rafiki and Pocahontas several times each day. You won’t want to miss it!


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KiteTails was introduced for the 50th Anniversary, but it is possible that it will last longer than the 18-month-long celebration. If the show is proven to be extremely popular, Disney could decide to keep it indefinitely. They could also decide to add more unique themes to the show — right now, there are two.

If you have not been able to make it down to Walt Disney World Resort yet for the 50th Anniversary, here is more information on the fun show.

Taking Magic to New Heights

Hearts and imaginations will soar as larger-than-life kites and colorful props dance through the air to the beat of beloved Disney songs. Enjoy 2 unique shows, each themed to a beloved Disney animated classic:

  • The Lion King, featuring kites inspired by Simba, Zazu and more
  • The Jungle Book, featuring kites inspired by King Louie, Baloo and more

See the magic take flight above the Discovery River Amphitheater during The World’s Most Magical Celebration—the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary.


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For the most up-to-date information on Disney KiteTails, including show times, be sure to check your My Disney Experience app on the day of your Animal Kingdom visit.

Do you love watching Disney KiteTails when you visit Animal Kingdom Park?

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!