Kali River Rapids (c) Suite_Disney
Attraction Type: Outdoor Vehicle Water Ride
Fast Pass: Yes
Ages: Everyone (38 inch minimum height)
Location: Animal Kingdom, Asia
Nearby: Maharajah Jungle Trek
Theme: River Rapids Rafting
Similarities: Water Parks
Motion Factor: Moderate movement, a few drops
Scary Factor: Not scary, constant movement, fire, smoke
The Kali River Rapids is one of those attractions that you really look forward to on a hot Florida day. I love water rides, but Mary Ann and I don’t hit the water parks like we used to, although with the grandchildren coming of age, this will likely change in the future. For now, when it’s hot and we’re in the Animal Kingdom, it’s Kali River Rapids for a quick cool down.
I love Splash Mountain, as an attraction and a story line that is pure Disney. But you may or may not get wet. If you want to get wet, it’s Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom. Plus, on those hot days where the crowd is lighter, we’ll hit this one multiple times. And by the way, the queue area is also worth taking your time as you appreciate the story behind this Asia-centered location.
Kali River Rapids Queue (c) Suite Disney
Kali River Rapids Queue Area (c) Suite Disney
Kali River Rapids was known as Tiger Rapids Run in 1999 when it opened as Disney’s first attempt to have a “rapids” type ride as a main attraction. You are transported by Kali Rapids Expeditions along the Chakranadi River. There is a very clear message on the environment and conservation along the way. You will pass by hazardous debris left behind by illegal loggers along the riverbanks. A few fires dot the landscape, threatening wildlife and destroying delicate rainforests.
The raft will hold 12 passengers, although the cast members usually don’t squeeze that many in the ride vehicle. You will pass through misty areas and waterfalls along the way, but you will get wet (some in your raft will be drenched). And if you are not wet from the attraction, you may still get hit from above as spectators control water guns toward the end of the ride.
There is a very long queue line, but the actually attraction lines will be much further along. You will pass through several buildings reflecting the theme of Asia as well as signs and artifacts describing the Expedition Company hosting your experience.
You know you’re getting closer when you arrive at the colorful wooden pagoda decorated with flags illustrating a Tibetan region. You then walk onto a platform that is actually moving at about the same speed as the rafts waiting for you to board along the water. Cast members will guide you to the next available vehicle which you climb into.
Be sure to store your gear in an area at the center of the raft under a plastic cover, because you will get wet. I actually have a plastic cover on my camera case, and use it. We also have large zip-lock bags we carry in our backpack anyway; to use them for stuff we are carrying that you don’t want to be wet.
Kali River Rapids Photo (c) Disney
Finally, if wet is OK but not walking around after soaked through your cloths, wear a rain slicker. The ride will circle around and you will get off at the same moving platform. The total ride is actually less than five minutes, although it seems longer walking the queue and loading. But this attraction is clearly focused on family fun, so don’t expect white water rafting, but do expect to get wet.
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