Pumbaa, Baloo, others have it rough at ‘KiteTails’: fans love the chaos, not the story

The newest experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has us really feeling bad for some of our favorite characters. It’s also making it really hard to keep a straight face sometimes.

The new performance features huge three-dimensional kites, and “kite trains” designed to look like characters from Disney’s The Jungle Book and The Lion King, Cast members on jet skis and boats responsible for handling the large kites, and ground performers managing smaller kites.

Disney touts the new KiteTails experience as one at which “hearts and imaginations will soar,” and describes the kites as “elaborate, three-dimensional and incredible.” Disney’s website also promotes the show, calling it a “high-flying performance” during which “magic takes flight.”

Disney KiteTails

But, as you can see from the plethora of TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter posts online, some of which are shared here, KiteTails might do well to call itself “KiteFails,” at least until Disney can figure out a better way to handle these adorable (and undoubtedly expensive) aerial windcatchers. Let us show you why.

This “KiteFail” happened on October 3. It just wasn’t Baloo’s day. The poor thing started out doing just fine, and he ended up smashing into a tree.


One TikTokker caught Baloo’s demise on video. Poor thing.


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♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod

It wasn’t Pumbaa’s day either. This poor guy slammed right into the stands. We’ve learned that the kites are meant to land in the stands, but slamming into them upside-down is not quite the idea.

Pumbaa just had to join Simba during this show. Which would be sweet. Except the poor dears had a rendezvous on their heads.

Some fans aren’t laughing, though. Instead, they are outraged at what they consider Disney’s “diminished offerings.” This comment came from a family who’s had enough. They supposedly canceled their February trip because of KiteTails.

Some Guests love the show, simply because of the hilarity of the huge kites crashing. You never know when and how it will happen. You just know it will happen.

These Disney fans say they had the “best seat in the house,” but not for the reasons you might think.


Best seats in the house! #wrightdownmainstreet #disneyparks #disneytiktok #wdw

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It’s not that no one loves the show. But many admit that they love it for the chaos and crashes, which means they most likely will miss the story of KiteTails.

On social media comments so far, we’ve seen Animal Kingdom’s new show compared to a “dumpster fire,” and those who hate it blame the sad offering on the fact that Imagineer Joe Rohde has taken a step back. There are even hashtags such as #kitefails and #halfbakedidea being used.

Those are pretty massive kites to be crashing into everything around them. What do you think? Is it hilarious or embarrassing?

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!