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Disney announces new “KiteTails” show coming to Animal Kingdom for resort’s 50th anniversary

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — An upcoming show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will take storytelling to new heights.

Beginning Oct. 1 to coincide with Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, Animal Kingdom will debut “Disney KiteTails,” an immersive gala performance of color and movement that will happen several times a day at the Discovery River Theater near DinoLand U.S.A., Disney announced.

A team of performers will bring with them a colorful collection of oversized props and kites adorned with Disney animal friends from classics such as “The Little Mermaid,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Finding Nemo.”

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“Original, worldbeat arrangements of favorite Disney tunes fill the air, and the excitement builds toward the launch of an impressive show of kites over the lagoon,” Disney said in a blog post.

Watercrafts will pull the kite trains and enormous, 3D kites depicting characters from “The Lion King” or “The Jungle Book,” Disney said.

“These remarkable kites, some as large as 30 feet in length, are inflated by moving through the air, allowing characters like King Louie or Timon and Pumbaa to soar like never before,” Disney said.

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See a preview of the show below:

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