Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Closing for Extended Refurbishment in January 2023

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Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Closing for Extended Refurbishment in January 2023

Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be closing next month for an extended refurbishment. The ride will close for its annual refurbishment on January 9, 2023.

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Every year in January, Kali River Rapids closed for an extended refurbishment. The ride is typically closed until sometime in April, though we don’t have a scheduled reopening date for this closure.

The Disney World website describes the water ride as:

“Raft Down a Rip-Roaring River
Skim across an erupting geyser, drift below a canopy of lush vegetation and be whisked along fast-moving rapids. Graze gushing waterfalls and bedrock amid the raging current. Then, as the harmony of nature is disrupted, you’ll plummet down a dramatic 20-foot slope!

You Will Get Wet
You will surely get splashed on this attraction—and you may even get soaked. Guests wishing to remain dry are encouraged to bring a waterproof poncho, extra clothes or a towel to dry off.

Lockers for mobile devices and other items you want to stay dry are located across from the entrance to Kali River Rapids and are available during your ride (on a first-come, first-served basis).”

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