Disney Quietly Reopens Animal Kingdom Attraction

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Right now, if we take a look at all the refurbishments that are ongoing at the Walt Disney World Resort, the majority are occurring at Magic Kingdom, but there has been one attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that has been under refurbishment for quite so time.

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Kali River Rapids is a water attraction at Animal Kingdom that shuts down during the winter months for maintenance and was set to reopen on April 2. Now, it seems that the attraction reopened a little sooner than scheduled and is currently allowing Guests to get soaked during the spring break heat.

As we can see, WDW Stats posted that the attraction soft-opened on March 29, five days ahead of schedule.

Kali River Rapids is soft-opening after a refurbishment. #AnimalKingdom #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

We can also see that Disney Guest Ethan (@ThatDisneyBoi) entered the queue from the below Tweet to get a little refresher!

Never been more excited to get wet

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The interesting thing about the attraction opening back up is that Kali River Rapids is still noted as under refurbishment on the Disney World Refurbishment Calendar, and wait times are not posted on My Disney Experience. So, this means that if Guests are at Animal Kingdom over the next few days, they will get to experience a surprise!

Kali River Rapids
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Disney explains Kali River Rapids reads:

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!

Kali River Rapids
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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).

To see what other attractions will be closed in April, click here.

Are there any Animal Kingdom attractions that you think need a refurbishment? 

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