The Failed Disney KiteTails Show Lives On

Disney KiteTails Crash

It happens. While we like to believe Walt Disney World Resort will get it right every time, no company is perfect, and flops occur. Disney KiteTails, daytime entertainment recently offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, may have been pulled from the Disney Park… but it seemingly lives on!

Disney KiteTails
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Disney KiteTails launched at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on October 1, 2021, as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The daytime show was held in the large Discovery River Theater lagoon, just outside of the popular attraction Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

The show featured massively colorful kites that would soar above the water as they were pulled by jet skis. Character kites such as Zazu and Simba from The Lion King (1994), and Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book (1967) flew through the sky.

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Sounds amazing, right? Well, in order to land the kites, the jet skis would slow to allow for the character kite to crash into a pedestrian-free portion of the stadium. It was hilarious, yet dreadful to watch. Plus, kites were regularly getting stuck in the surrounding trees. Let’s just say KiteTails became a dose of hilarious entertainment for all the wrong reasons.

Disney caught on to the not-so-great reviews and decided to cancel the show before the end of the 50th Anniversary celebration. The show officially ended on September 27, 2022.

Disney KitetTails Crash Landing
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But, alas, to the surprise of many, the kites aren’t just sitting in a closet somewhere! Instead, at the popular Global Association for the Attractions Industry yearly convention in Orlando, Florida (known as the IAAPA Expo), KiteTails was resurrected.

@JacklynKrol took to social media to share a photo from the expo with the note, “Kite Tails stans rise…” Check out the image in the tweet below:

We see you, Zazu! Not only is Zazu featured at the expo, but you can see in the image the Zazu and Simba kite characters featured in the photograph at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Kiteman Productions is seemingly proud to display Disney’s Animal Kingdom canceled kite show.

The company has been offering “World-Class Kite Shows and Events” since 1993 as they “custom designed, created and executed kite shows, one-of-a-kind kites and elegant Kiteman Feather Banners™ for the world’s most famous theme parks and successful events… Entertaining millions for over 30 years!”

At least Disney KiteTails was able to live on for the convention! Where the kites are off to next is still a mystery, as Disney is hopefully working to fill the daytime show void Disney KiteTail left in its path.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.