Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2024 Refurbishment Schedule

Kali River Rapids

Disney enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for updates regarding the reopening of the beloved attraction, Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The wait is finally over! We’ve got some fresh news on the reopening timeframe of this thrilling ride.

Historical Annual Refurbishment Schedule

As part of the park’s commitment to ensuring the best experience for its guests, Kali River Rapids undergoes annual refurbishment. In 2022, the ride closed on November 1, 2021, and reopened on January 4, 2022. The following year, it closed on January 9 and reopened on February 26, three weeks ahead of its scheduled March 17 re-opening date.

The 2024 Refurbishment Schedule


January 8th, 2024


Mid-March 2024

The much-awaited reopening timeframe for Kali River Rapids has now been announced. According to the Walt Disney World website, the ride will be temporarily unavailable due to regularly scheduled maintenance from January 8, 2024, to mid-March. Although the Walt Disney World website’s calendar currently goes through March 3, 2024, the ride has no hours listed through that date, indicating that the exact reopening date might be later in March.

Kali River Rapids: A Brief History

Kali River Rapids, nestled in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is a high-thrills whitewater river ride that promises an exhilarating experience for all adventurers. Opened on March 18, 1999, the ride takes guests on a fast-moving trek on the rapids amidst lush vegetation and a heart-stopping plummet down a 20-foot slope. Originally known as Tiger Rapids Run during its development, the ride is themed to the Chakranadi River in Karnataka, India and has a height requirement of 38 in (97 cm).

What To Expect

Visitors can look forward to once again experiencing the thrill of the rapids, the breathtaking vegetation, and the exhilarating 20-foot slope drop. Remember, this ride guarantees a soaking wet experience, so make use of the lockers located at the ride’s entrance for any belongings you don’t want to get wet.

The reopening of Kali River Rapids is sure to bring back the thrill and excitement that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is known for. So mark your calendars and get ready to embark on this adventurous journey once this attraction comes back in mid-March!

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Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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