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UPDATE: Well, is it opening or not? Disney sends mixed signals about the opening of Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom

*This is an update to the news we brought you this morning about the planned reopening of the Kali River Rapid attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Because of the nature of refurbishments, planned closures, and scheduled maintenance, these times and dates can (and do) change from time to time.

Only this morning, we brought you the news that Disney had switched its planned reopening date of Kali River Rapids from sometime in the middle of December to January 3 of next year.

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Credit: Magicformiles

Well, hold on to your hats because the info has changed once again, and now, at this moment, according to the calendar on Disney World’s website, the attraction–at least for right now–is scheduled to be open beginning December 16, 2021, although times for the attraction vary with the park hours for the day. (Again, that’s barring any further changes!)

Perhaps Anandapur was tossing around ideas about whether to keep its borders closed longer or to reopen them sooner. Tourism may be down, so they’ve decided to open their borders earlier than expected? We aren’t sure. (Darn this pandemic!)

Whatever the reason, the date is different now, but, as mentioned above, the operational hours for the attraction change with the operational hours for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. For example, Kali River Rapids looks to be open on December 18 and December 19, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

But on January 3, 2021, the day we had recently been told would mark the opening of the Kali River Rapids attraction after its scheduled closure, the attraction will open later and close earlier, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If any further changes to the opening are made and announced, we will update you yet again! Here’s hoping whenever it opens, that you get to enjoy it with your friends and family, whether during the holiday season or into next year!

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!