One of Disney World’s newest attractions is nearing completion, less than a year after it first debuted. After May 26, all KiteTails showtimes were removed from Disney World’s website. According to BlogMickey, the kites found in KiteTails will not be completely gone; they will still be used in “unscheduled performances” and trailed along Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Discovery River Lagoon. The ground performers, however, will no longer be used, making the kites more of a spontaneous feature, similar to the wandering characters and acts present throughout the parks.
“Just in time for summer enjoyment, we’re altering the focus of the program so guests can see ‘Disney KiteTails’ from anywhere around the Discovery River Lagoon, with shorter times and more frequent performances throughout the day,” Disney wrote on its website.
The largest kites, including inflatable characters, are pulled by the jet skis. You can see the jet ski in question near the stands in the video below. It had just completed dragging the young Simba inflatable kite into the ocean, which landed off the mark. The jet ski then reverses.
KiteTails premiered in October of last year as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration. Disney Imagineers created a number of kites based on Disney characters, including huge versions of Baloo and Simba, which were then utilized in one of two daytime programs. Unfortunately, KiteTails has a reputation for kites crashing, either on purpose at the end of the show or by accident owing to heavy winds. Fans may be less likely to sit in the mostly uncovered, shadeless Discovery River Theatre over the coming summer months, according to BlogDisney.
The show came to a sudden conclusion with a bland ending announcement. Then came a word that the show had been canceled. Cast members said they weren’t sure if “The Lion King” performances would resume today, but they were planning to continue with “The Jungle Book” version.
The two new nightly performances at EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom, as well as the special “EARidsecent” evening illumination of the major visual attraction in each of the four parks, remain unchanged. In recent months, however, Disney has discontinued a number of other live performances, including the Spirit of Aloha concert at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Finding Nemo: The Musical, another Animal Kingdom attraction, has undergone a big makeover and will reopen later this year.