Divisive Disney World Ride Closing Next Year

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Guests in a round vehicle on Kali River Rapids

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We just learned that Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closing next year for a refurbishment. The ride will shut down on January 9, 2023, and as of now, has no reopening date.

kali river rapids
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To many, this ride is a fun-filled adventure, and for others, it’s a miserable experience that will leave you soaked for the rest of the day. If you’re not willing to get a little wet, you may want to avoid this one, as it has the chance to drench you in water. We constantly see people avoid this attraction while others look forward to cooling off on those hot and humid Florida days.

Trust us, it’s not just a more intense Splash Mountain. You may end up exiting the ride looking like you jumped in the pool. Thankfully, Guests have other great rides and attractions to choose from at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, like Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR and of course, Avatar Flight of Passage.

Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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).

What’s your favorite ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

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