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Changes to Operating Schedule for Kali River Rapids at Walt Disney World

Kali River Rapids is a thrilling water raft ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  It is an attraction where you can definitely expect to get completely soaked, but may feel grateful if you escape by a narrow miss and watch the rest of your family get soaked instead.  Disney recently made changes to the operating schedule for this attraction.  It typically has always opened with the park, but will now open 1 hour after park opening.  This means that on dates the park is scheduled to open at 9AM, the attraction will open at 10AM.  During the week of Christmas and New Year’s when the park is scheduled to open at 8AM, it will open at 9AM.  This is likely due to the decreased popularity of the attraction in cooler months when guests won’t need the cool off.  This change is already effective on the operating schedule.


The ride will also be closing for a refurbishment for a month.  The attraction will on January 3, 2017 and is expected to re-open a month later.  No major changes have been announced for the refurbishment, but we will definitely keep you posted as we learn more and know what to expect.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!