Disney announced that a new daytime show would be coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the 50th anniversary. This news comes months after they announced that the nighttime show, Rivers of Light, was ending its run.
This is big news for the theme park and so, we wanted to know how fans really feel about Disney’s Animal Kingdom receiving a new daytime show. Here’s what we found out.
Disney Parks Blog shared that a new daytime show, Disney KiteTails, is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom starting October 1, specifically for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort:
There’s also new daytime entertainment stirring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Check out this artist rendering of “Disney KiteTails,” which will come alive several times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater beginning Oct. 1. Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.
This is huge news for Animal Kingdom because when it comes to daytime entertainment, aside from Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical (which is not currently running), the theme park has not really offered anything since Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, which opened October 1, 2001, as part of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration.
Animal Kingdom did host Rivers of Light, which was a nighttime show, however, that offering recently came to an end. Prior to that, the Park hosted another nighttime show called The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic, but that had a limited run.
With all of this being said, we wanted to know how fans felt about the new daytime show coming to Animal Kingdom. Though many are excited to see Animal Kingdom finally get a daytime show, some feel it is a bit underwhelming.
Twitter user Shawn+ (@sleek429) expressed:
See, I’m easy to please. Kites on the water at Animal Kingdom? Finally a daytime show I’ve been wanting? It could probably have a better budget but at least it’s something. A parade on the water would have been better but it’s a start. #WDW
See, I'm easy to please. Kites on the water at Animal Kingdom? Finally a daytime show I've been wanting? It could probably have a better budget but at least it's something. A parade on the water would have been better but it's a start. #WDW
— Shawn+ (@sleek429) June 22, 2021
And Twitter user La Reina Crole (@LaReinaCreole) shared how excited they are for the upcoming show:
And a very cool daytime show at the Animal Kingdom! #DisneyWorld #DisneyWorld50
— La Reina??Creole???????????????? (@LaReinaCreole) June 22, 2021
Others, on the other hand, were ecstatic when finding out this news. Twitter user Chris (@ropedropchris) replied to reporter Ashley Carter’s Tweet, saying:
— chris! at the rope drop (@ropedropchris) June 22, 2021
And Inside the Magic Facebook follower Leona Z. implied she would not be at the opening and is hopeful someone will stream it!
Somebody please stream it.
Another user, however, misses Rivers of Light and wishes Animal Kingdom would bring it back. Mike C. commented on our article saying:
Bring back Rivers of Life!!!
All in all, many are excited to see Animal Kingdom receive a new daytime show, although, some feel that the theme park still could offer more entertainment or something different.
Remember, Disney KiteTails will debut on October 1, 2021, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration at Walt Disney World. For more information on Disney World’s 50th, visit our website here.
Are you excited to see Disney’s Animal Kingdom receive a new show? Let us know in the comments below.
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