Final Show of Disney’s Kite Tails from the Animal Kingdom

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Final Show of Disney's Kite Tails
Final Show of Disney’s Kite Tails

Final Show of Disney’s Kite Tails from the Animal Kingdom. The above image is fitting. Baloo is flat on his face, feet in the water, chaos erupting as Cast Members rush to secure him before he blows away in the high winds of the oncoming hurricane. What I believe was once a beautiful and family-friendly show, ends like this.

From day one, Kite Tails was not appreciated, liked, or apparently wanted. When the pandemic hit, people were expecting Rivers of Light: We are One to return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Kite Tails got all the hate for replacing the beloved nighttime show. People also jumped on the bandwagon of trashing how the kite landed, not understanding that was all planned in advance, The larger kites were supposed to land in the seats that were sectioned off from the crowd.

Related: First look at Disney Kite Tails coming to the Animal Kingdom

Final Show of Disney's Kite Tails
Final Show of Disney’s Kite Tails

Disney themselves did not help the situation at all by adding in a crashing cartoon sound effect when the large kites landed. They really hurt the show a few months ago when they decided to shorten the show drastically, removing all the fun interaction with the audience, getting rid of the preshow, and then just doing 1 song with 2 or 3 kites total.

We got over to Discovery River Amphitheater on Tuesday, September 27th, the day prior to Disney’s Animal Kingdom closing for 2 days due to Hurricane Ian, and saw what ended up being the final performance of the Jungle Book version of the shortened Kite Tails Show.

You can watch some of the final performance above, and also check out the IG reel of Baloo almost taking us out as it takes off and immediately hits a tree we were next to.

On a serious note, we loved Kite Tails. Yes, it was not the perfect show, but it was great for what it was. The original show held promise, with kids marching along holding up mini turtle kites. The elephants march through the crowd. Sea creatures being waved around, the band on the river jamming along prior to the show starting. Even the ending when the kite would crash down ended up being a fun experience. RIP Disney’s Kite Tails October 1st, 2021 – September 27th, 2022!

Related: Animal Kingdom Beacon of Magic to return on October 1st

Final Show of Disney's Kite Tails

Final Show of Disney’s Kite Tails

Final Show of Disney's Kite Tails
Final Show of Disney’s Kite Tails

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