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Popular Disney World attraction disappears beginning May 27

A popular attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has only been around for 7 months, and it’s already on the chopping block at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney World ushered in the beginning of an 18-months-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World on October 1st, 2021. Not only had the Disney Resort been prepped for months before the celebration, but seemingly every part of each theme park at Disney World had magical “EARidescent” touches.

In celebration of Walt Disney World‘s 50 years of magic, the parks also unveiled a 50th anniversary Foodie Guide, special 50th anniversary merchandise, and even some new dining experiences like Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

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In addition to these new offerings, Disney World also unveiled exciting new experiences for Guests to enjoy when the celebration began on October 1st, 2021, like Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom Park, KiteTails, and EPCOT’s Harmonious. But one of the most talked about, posted about, and tweeted about is Disney’s Animal Kingdom‘s KiteTails.

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KiteTails features huge kites in the likeness of some of Guests’ most favorite Disney characters from The Lion King and The Jungle Book. The oversized kites soar through the air over Discovery River Lagoon at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The kites are affixed to jet skis on the water operated by Cast Members in this family Disney experience. It’s truly a beautiful sight until it isn’t.

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Since the show first debuted, Guests have taken to social media to poke fun at the hilarious, unplanned, different-every-time-you-experience-it show as the giant kites often crash-land into the lagoon, onto the Guest seating area, or, unfortunately for Baloo and the gang–into the trees.

Soon Disney World said that the crashes were part of the experience, but most Guests think that Simba and his pals were meant to stay airborne. However, the laughter and hilarity that ensues as one of the beloved characters takes a nosedive is priceless. (Disney eventually issued a “warning” before the show.)


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But for all the chuckles, grins, and guttural laughs the show evoked, it has seemingly evoked feelings otherwise among decision-makers at Animal Kingdom. KiteTails looks to be removed from the park’s entertainment line-up, per the Walt Disney World website.

Beginning May 27, there are no times available for the fun family experience. No times appear as far out as the Disney World calendar will show. For example, at the time of publication, there were still no available shows through at least July 5, 2021.


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At this time, there’s been no Disney news about the show ending, and Disney has yet to make an official announcement about the show, so we are unsure about the future of the show beyond July.

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!