Kali River Rapids

Mist and scents of jasmine greet you at the start of the ride. The raft heads upwards and then down a water fall. The raft sloshs back and forth through a rainforest and temple ruins, but then you smell smoke!...and you experience increasingly turbulent waters....
Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids
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KALI RIVER RAPIDS - Animal Kingdom
Originally dubbed Tiger River Rapids the name was changed because there were no tigers to be seen.  Kali River Rapids is a little different  because it takes you up a lift hill and sends you down a fairly large drop.

At Kali River Rapids, you and 11 of your closest friends, are launched on rafts into the turbulent Chakranadi River for a wild, wet ride through a jungle jeopardized by illegal logging.

As you wind your way through a very long outdoor queue area, you are can enjoy birds and artifacts brought to Animal Kingdom from Asia. The queue area is incredibly themed so pay close attention as you make your way to the rafts.
Once through the turnstiles, you are on a very large rotating disc that moves at the same speed as the rafts. You will get right into a raft, seatbelt yourself in and off you go!
Mist and scents of jasmine greet you at the start of the ride. The raft heads upwards and then down a water fall. The raft sloshs back and forth through a rainforest and temple ruins, but then you smell smoke! The illegal loggers are burning the forest!
Your raft twists and turns through the rapids until you finally are returned to safety.

You will get wet! Trust me! If you don't get wet enough going through the actual ride.....guests standing on the bridge as you approach the disembarking station will shoot water at you through the elephants!
There is a *protective area* for you to place your belongings, however this is not really very protective. As the day goes on, this area gets wetter and wetter. My advice is to bring a small garbage bag or 2 gallon Ziploc bag with you so your items can be placed in there and then put into the protective area in the raft. There is not alot of time once you enter the raft to store your items, so be prepared!
If you're planning to go on Kali River Rapids, bring a large garbage
bag with you and put your things inside before you put them in the
holder on the raft. That way everything will stay dry even if there
is some water in the holder, and you can easily gather everything
when it's time to get off. ( Laura B and Disneydollarless.com)
Don't miss the queue area, it is full of unique designs and artifacts from Asia.
The drop is not very steep; similar to the Pirates of the Carribean boat ride in the Magic Kingdom.
Wearing a poncho will help, but your feet will still be exposed!
This is a GREAT way to cool off in the hotter months!
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Reflective Captioning Available.
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You must be 38 inches tall to ride the rapids.
Unless your child is frightened by fire, the ride is not considered scary.
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Anandapur Ice Cream and the Chakranadi Chicken Shop are in Asia.
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Mandala Gifts - Asian themed souveniers, tiger apparel.

Tiger Rapids Run was the name originally slated for the raft ride, which opened as Kali River Rapids.
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Description: The Chakranadi is a wild raging river that runs through the endangered rain forests of Asia. Your on your raft and suddenly your encircled by fire. 
Tip: Be sure to take your shoes off and store them inside the raft cabinet. Also, store all your belongings in this cabinet and if warm out wear a bathing suit. Depending on the seat you sit in you can get soaked from head to toe.
Guests with any mobility concerns should proceed through the standard queue where a cast member will direct guests to the appropriate boarding dock just before the turntable.  In the event evacuation from this ride is necessary, guests must walk short distances or wait to be evacuated.  
For safety and comfort guests should be in good health and free from heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this ride. Expectant mothers should not ride. 

Kali River Rapids Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids is now ready to take on even the largest Guests! When I first rode, I didn't fit in the seat belt they had although I was assured of fitting. The CM then said I didn't need to be buckled in, but to "hang on." When I went down the 30 foot drop, I was thrown to the floor of the raft and bruised pretty badly. I let the CM know to not allow others to ride without restraints. I then spoke to a supervisor and an engineer about getting extenders for the seat belts in much the same way as the airlines have. I am pleased to announce they now have these extenders and seem to have been trained in their discreet usage. This experience from David attests to their readiness to assist Guests of all sizes:
I was not disappointed when I went on the new Kali River Raft Ride at the Animal Kingdom. I checked with an attendant before I got in line and she very politely assured me there would be no problem. Sure enough, when I got to the ride vehicle there was an attendant ready with a seat belt extender. Getting on and off the vehicle was easy, and the seat was more than ample enough to accommodate me. The ride operators were really polite and sensitive and I got on and off with very little fuss. Since the seats are on a circular raft in six groups of two, they simply allowed me to have a two seat section to myself. As for the ride, it was great fun if not a bit too short. It is very similar to most rides of this genre but with the extra Disney theming. There is one rather exciting slide about midway through, and believe me you WILL get wet. All in all a most pleasant experience. Four out of five stars for me!
One might think that going on a 12-person raft ride in the middle of Disney World's Animal Kingdom Park, with the possibility of getting slightly wet, will be a thoroughly adventurous trek down the waters of the Chakarandi River. While it is true that you certainly will go on an adventure, and it will be on the Chakarandi River... the only thing that may surprise you is that you will not get slightly wet, you will get VERY wet! You may even say you will get soaked!
Your adventure begins in the rustic offices of Kali River Rapids Expeditions, a well-known Asian river rafting company. As you make your way through the winding queue you will be able to enjoy a number of artifacts actually brought here from exotic Asia, so be sure to pay close attention as you wind your way through. As you get closer to the area where you will embark on your 12-man raft you will walk onto a large rotating disc which moves at the same speed as the rafts. Grab a seat, secure yourself in, and get ready for the ride of your life!
Your adventure begins smoothly enough through a breathtakingly beautiful bamboo tunnel. You sail through the jasmine-scented mist and the remnants of an ancient temple shrine. As you wind your way through the enchanting rainforest, down the lazy river, you suddenly encounter a sweeping waterfall. The serenity does not last however, as you begin to smell the aroma of pungent, burning wood. As you make your way down the endless river you come across an area of illegal logging, and a gutted, destroyed area of once pristine rainforest. The danger then suddenly becomes very apparent as your raft encounters an area of the debris laden river, choked with tangled web of burning logs. Narrowly avoiding disaster your raft makes it way through the twist, turns, and sprays of the mighty and turbulent Chakarandi. This is where your raft ultimately, and abruptly, enters a drop into the white foam of the churning waters, complete with a thorough soaking for most of those aboard!
Slowly but surely you are returned safely to the dock at the Kali River Rapids Expedition Offices, a bit more wet than when you embarked, but surely ready to take another ride, down the mighty Chakarandi River!
Please keep in mind, that Kali River Rapids is a FASTPASS ride, and does have a height requirement of 38 inches or taller. And as stated in the review, you have a high chance of getting soaked on this ride. A swimsuit, a change of clothes, or a poncho would not be inappropriate to wear for this ride.
Kali River Rapids is one of the most popular attractions within the Animal Kingdom, and hence also has long queues, though the ride is relatively quick to load so a long queue doesn't necessarily mean a particularly long wait, and it does give time to take in the great theming, which is excellent even by Disney's usually high standards.
Busch Gardens uses a simular ride system for its Congo River Rapids attraction. The potential to get soaking wet on Congo is very high, and the same applies to Kali. Note that at Splash Mountain the signs warn you that you "May get wet", at Kali River Rapids the signs tell you "You WILL get wet, you MAY get soaked", and this is a very apt description.
The ride itself is relatively short, although the actual ride duration depends on the number of rafts in operation, and the speed of loading/unloading. Either way it's considerably shorter than the 7 minutes that Disney originally claimed the ride would last. It is also a ride in which most guests will get very wet indeed, so prepare for a soaking, and remember to protect any sensitive electronics such as Cameras or Videos.
One nice feature of the ride is the handicap loading area, which is separate from the load turntable, so the ride can keep on running at normal speed while it may take a while to load/unload the other raft. Once raft containing the handicapped guest is ready to depart, they just lower the gate and the raft merges in with the other rafts.
The story behind the ride is that you are a part of an eco-tourist expedition, but a logging company has been illegally clearing part of the jungle, and has created dangerous rapids as a result.
During the course of the ride guests are loaded into a 12 seater raft, in which everyone sits in a circle facing inwards, and each other. After loading the raft is hoisted up the 33-foot lift hill, disappearing into a bamboo tunnel filled with jasmine and ginger scented mists.
The raft then passes through a rain forest (and you just know what rain means to a water ride), followed by a bamboo thicket rife with the smells of burning wood. Immediately
after this section the raft plunges along a 230-foot section of white water, at the end of which it passes under a rock bridge with 40 ceiling drippers built in. On top of the bridge, park guests have the chance to activate 'Elephant Guns' that shoot jets of water at the Kali riders. (Well, I did say it's a wet ride!).
Located in the middle of the rafts course are a number of water geyers seemingly designed to make sure nobody leaves the raft dry. However, just as your about to hit the geyser, it dies down, but then jets again as the raft passes over it (Guests on the side closest as the raft leaves the geyser will get pretty soaked, but then everyone else in the raft will be getting wet befor e long anyway so it's only a case of who gets wet first.
After the climb, the raft quickly makes its way through the lush tropical jungle and to the burnt out remains of a logging companies work site. Just as the raft is about to be engulfed in flames, it drops down a moderately size flume (probably the most exciting part of the ride). As the raft spashes down, the people on the front end of the raft will get a major soaking.
The Kali River Rapids rafts have a small covered storage compartment in the middle of the raft to protect last-minute items that guests have taken onto the ride rather than storing in dry lockers before entering. Generally the compartment is reasonably waterproof, though will only take small items.
There are of course also lockers are at the front of the park next to the main gate, which may be a better bet for both safety and security.
You will get wet on this ride.  There is simply no way to avoid it.  Of course, in the Florida heat, it is actually quite refreshing.
I recommend doing this ride early.  Being drenched will help keep you cool as you walk around the rest of the park.  When you start to get hot again, get back on the ride.
Fastpass is available for this ride.  
The Kali River Rapids are located in Asia.
Height Requirement:  42 inches.
This ride is 5 minutes long and takes you through the Rainforest.  At first, everything is beautiful and peaceful, but eventually you will come to an area that has been overtaken by people who are destroying the rainforest.  Suddenly, the water is moving faster and choppier and you are getting wetter!  There are two seats in particular (they are different each time) that will get absolutely drenched.  The water will come up over you and just fall right on top of you.  There are seat belts to hold you in, and there is a receptacle in the middle of the raft in which to store belongings to keep them relatively dry.  Just before exiting the ride, you pass under a bridge.  On this bridge, people will be standing at controls which squirt water out of elephants.  So if you were still dry after the rapids, chances are that you won't be after the elephant squirters.  Want revenge?  Give the squirters a try yourself after exiting the ride.

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