Disney KiteTails Showtimes, Location, and Tips: A Guide to Animal Kingdom’s Newest Show

by | Oct 28, 2021 | Animal Kingdom, WDW Blog

Get info on KiteTails showtimes, where KiteTails is located, and tips for a successful viewing experience of Animal Kingdom’s latest show in the details below.

KiteTails is the newest show at Animal Kingdom, and it brings color, music, and unexpected delights to parkgoers throughout the day, making excellent use of the Discovery River Lagoon and giving guests a reason to trek across the park time and again to catch not one but two different show variations.

While the biggest buzz from the 50th anniversary entertainment certainly hovered around Disney Enchantment and Harmonious, I found KiteTails to be spectacular. After receiving a special media preview of KiteTails before its official launch (thanks, Disney!) on Disney World’s 50th anniversary!, my husband (and WDW Magazine co-owner) Danny and I made it a point to catch two more performances over the next two days.

From those experiences, I’ve compiled these KiteTails tips for maximum viewing experience, as well as some basic details about KiteTails showtimes and KiteTails location within Animal Kingdom.

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Disney KiteTails Fast Facts

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Everything you need to know about Disney KiteTails at Animal Kingdom, the TL;DR version:

  • Two show options: The Lion King and The Jungle Book
    • Both shows typically play each day, but as of now, Disney does not release which show will be playing at each of the KiteTails showtimes
    • Pre-show is the same for both versions of Disney KiteTails
  • KiteTails duration: 10 minutes
    • But the pre-show lasts about 10 minutes as well; get there early!
  • KiteTails showtimes: Six spaced throughout the day
  • KiteTails location: Discovery River Amphitheater

Disney KiteTails Showtimes: When to Watch KiteTails

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Photo by Danny Shuster

As of publication, KiteTails is currently offered at the same times each day, every day, regardless of day of week. For the most up-to-date KiteTails showtimes, check My Disney Experience the morning of your visit to Animal Kingdom.

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Each day, Disney offers six showtimes for KiteTails: one in the morning, four in the afternoon, and one in the evening.

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Disney KiteTails showtimes

Here’s the full list of current Disney KiteTails showtimes:

  • 11:15 AM
  • 12:15 PM
  • 1:15 PM
  • 3:15 PM
  • 4:15 PM
  • 5:15 PM

For the most part, KiteTails runs every hour on the quarter-hour, save for 2:15, when Baloo and Zazu are probably grabbing some lunch.

Disney KiteTails Location: Finding the Amphitheater

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Photo by Danny Shuster

While everyone rushes left to Pandora or straight past the Tree of Life to Kilimanjaro Safaris, you might be less familiar with where to find KiteTails. There are some signs as you get closer to the amphitheater near Theatre in the Wild, but if you don’t know your way around, consult a park map or My Disney Experience on your phone and head toward Expedition Everest. There’s a big open body of water where the show takes place.

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Where is KiteTails in Animal Kingdom? Map courtesy of Disney

When you get there, seating is easy to spot along two portions of the waterfront. Not sure where to sit? Head to the areas circled below and find a seat.

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Where to sit for KiteTails at Animal Kingdom. Map courtesy of Disney

Disney KiteTails Tips

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Photo by Danny Shuster

So you know when and where to watch KiteTails, but how can you make it the most worthwhile experience?

1. Find the Best Seat in the House

There are lots of great spots from which to watch KiteTails, including an overlooked “secret” area I discovered. In the map below, take note of areas 1, 2, or 3; these are the designated seating areas for KiteTails. The launch points for the extra-big kites are at point A and B.

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KiteTails viewing locations. Map courtesy of Disney

  • Area 1 is best if you want to see the kites crash up close and you don’t mind missing the pre-show or handheld “puppet” kites during the performance. (Yes, they crash! But don’t worry, it’s planned and controlled).
  • Area 2 is the best overall view with a bit of the performers on land and an unobstructed view of the kite launches and crashes.
  • Area 3 is best for those who want to interact with Cast Members during the pre-show and get a really good view of the performers with handheld kites.
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Photo by Danny Shuster

As for that “secret” KiteTails viewing area (did you think I’d forget to fill you in?), check out Area 4 on the map. It’s actually part of the seating area for Flame Tree Barbecue! If you’re having lunch there, snag a waterside seat and catch the show while you eat!

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The view of the water where KiteTails plays out from Flame Tree Barbecue. Photo by Steph Shuster

2. Choose the Right Time to Watch

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Photo by Danny Shuster

KiteTails is performed several times each day (KiteTails showtimes are on My Disney Experience and detailed above), and the show switches back and forth from The Lion King to The Jungle Book.

When I visited, there was no indication about which show we would be seeing, but we just hung around nearby after the first show to catch the second (you could get a snack, hop on a quick ride at DINOSAUR, or do some shopping in DinoLand USA to stay close!).

There are a few considerations for when to watch it.

  • The first is that famous Florida weather: If it looks like it’s going to rain, plan to see the show when the skies are likely to be clear in order to avoid cancellation.
  • The second is the sun: The amphitheater isn’t shaded, so the earliest or latest performances will help you avoid the hottest times of day.
  • And the third is your plan for the day. Since it runs several times throughout the late morning and afternoon, you should try to squeeze in a show when you’re in the Asia or DinoLand USA part of the park if you can, to make the best use of your time. Remember, the new (FREE!) Disney Genie service can tell you the best time for you to go see it!

3. Bring the Kids

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Kids are going to love this show: It’s bright and colorful, there are lots of laughs to be had as the kites swirl overhead, and even if they aren’t familiar with the Jungle Book and Lion King characters, they’ll understand that cartoon animals are being represented in the kites.

The music is catchy, there’s nothing scary, and the short 10-minute run time (factor about 20 minutes if you catch the pre-show) is perfect for tiny attention spans. If your little ones are afraid of fireworks or have early bedtimes, this is an excellent alternative to Disney’s fireworks shows that still gets them looking to the skies in wonder.

If your kids are adventurous, make sure you catch the pre-show. There are some simple kites that play along to “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl,” then some wonderful turtle puppet kites (even ones your littles might get to hold!) featuring Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo. Cool, dude!

4. See Both Shows

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Photo by Danny Shuster

Like I said, as of now, Disney isn’t announcing which performance occurs during each of the KiteTails showtimes. For now, you have to rely on luck to see your preferred show, but trust me, both shows truly are worth seeing.

If you can only catch one, however, and can predict which version is showing when, consider the following when deciding between KiteTails performances:

  • The Jungle Book had much more lively energy, a wider variety of kites, and better puppet kite performances on land.
  • The Lion King had more impressive giant character kites and a more mellow soundtrack.

Whichever show you see, I don’t think you’ll be able to leave without a smile on your face after seeing the latest unique show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Written by Stephanie Shuster

Written by Stephanie Shuster

A lifelong Disney fan with a passion for globetrotting, I’m driven by a desire to build a community where people like me can let their Disney flag fly with pride. As CEO and Owner of WDW Magazine, I lead a team that connects thousands of Disney fans to the Most Magical Place on Earth from wherever they are.

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