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9. Disney KiteTails (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

Kite Tails, Disney
Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Dates: October 1, 2022 - Permanently 

Disney KiteTails at Disney's Animal Kingdom has now closed permanently. 

The Disney KiteTails show which debuted on October 1, 2021 at the start of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebrations currently comes alive several times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater, which was formerly the home of the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular. The show has had mixed reviews with a number of reports of kites crashing to the ground.

Disney KiteTails was revised in May to include four parts, each featuring different kites and lasting between 3 and 5 minutes (approximately 15 mins in total) rather than the original two longer shows:

  • Lion King (5 mins) " -  “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” with young Simba and Timon and Pumbaa kites.
  • "Circle of Life" (3 mins) - featuring adult Simba and Zazu kites
  • Jungle Book  (3 mins) - "I wanna be like you" featuring King Louie and kites which create a rainbow.
  • "The Bare Necessities" (3 mins) - featuring Baloo kite.

Between each part, flotillas traverse the water to keep guests entertained as Cast Members set up for the next. For many Disney fans the permanent stopping of this show won't be a huge loss as it was often criticised during its year long run.

10. Voyage Of The Little Mermaid (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Dates: March 2020 - TBA 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney's Hollywood Studios is the one show that Disney has remained quiet about since the theme parks reopened in July 2020 after the closures due to COVID-19 which began in March 2020.

Well, it now looks like the official website page for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid has been deleted and now only reads "Someone Ate the Page!" with a picture of Stitch on it.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid was a spectacular indoor show at Disney's Hollywood Studios retelling the story of The Little Mermaid live, with Ariel, Flounder, and all their underwater (and land) friends. The story was retold with memorable songs and colorful puppets.

There have been rumors floated that there could be an Encanto themed show to replace the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. We know there has been a lot of noise about bringing an Encanto themed attraction to Walt Disney World and this location would certainly be ideal to showcase the extremely successful Madrigals! There has not be anything confirmed by Disney so far and we will keep you updated on the fate of Voyage of the Little Mermaid as and when it is announced.

11.  Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Jedi TrainingTrials of the Temple, Disney
Image: Disney

Status: Confirmed

Dates: March 2020 - TBA 

There hasn't been any official announcement from Disney in the last couple of years about the fate of the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and the stage has remained empty with nothing taking place on it. There still hasn't been official word from Disney that the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will never return but we heard in July that the sign showing performance times has been removed and the official page on the Walt Disney World website has been taken down and now reads "Someone Ate the Page!" and a photo of Stitch on it.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple allowed children aged 4-12 to train like Jedi and learn to wield a lightsaber and be one with the Force. Once trained, these young Padawans would test their skills against Star Wars villains.

If indeed Disney is planning to never bring Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple back to Disney's Hollywood Studios, we hope something new comes to this currently unused stage. It would be brilliant to finally see this area being used once again. We will keep you posted on further updates on Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple but we must admit at the moment things aren't looking good for the return of this Star Wars attraction. 

We will update you on further details regarding any refurbishments and closures at Walt Disney World during November and look out for our next full update which will be coming to Theme Park Tourist at the beginning of December.

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