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Disney World announces the PERMANENT closure of Guest-favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom

On Wednesday morning, Disney World announced plans to close a popular attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we’re sad to see the hilarious show spread its wings and fly away, if we’re honest.

Disney’s KiteTails joined the line-up of attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of the central Florida Disney Parks Resort. The exciting show features huge, gorgeously elaborate three-dimensional “kites” inspired by Disney’s The Lion King and Disney’s Jungle Book.

disney's kitetails Simba

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Disney describes the attraction as follows:

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 unique shows, themed to two beloved Disney animated classics:

  • 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 Lagoon during The World’s Most Magical Celebration—the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary.

Credit: PaulaK

The show became popular for its (supposedly) unscripted kite crashes into the stands, but soon, those crashes turned into (supposed) intentional parts of the show. Disney was mum about the crashes, leaving Guests to decide for themselves whether Simba’s nose dives were pre-planned or the result of a design flaw.

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But Disney has announced the official “Finale of the Nose Dives,” as we’re calling it, and the change takes effect on September 30, the same day another Disney fan-favorite bids Guest farewell.

Disney’s KiteTails attraction at Animal Kingdom will continue to wow and thrill Guests (and make them double over with laughter) through September 30, 2022, just one year after the all-new attraction inside Dinoland, U. S. A., first took Disney World’s fourth park by storm.

The announcement was made via Disney World’s official website, as well as by journalist Scott Gustin (as seen above) and other Disney news outlets.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!