April 2016: New Rivers of Light to Open!

You can see the stadium seating going in on both side of Discovery River Lake.

You can see the stadium seating going in on both sides of Discovery River Lake.

First Look at the new Rivers of Light:   New Rivers of Light Show

We got to check on the progress of the new Rivers of Light attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom last month.

The soft opening day has been set for April 19, 2016, with a grand opening set for Earth Day 2016 on April 22, 2016.  (Earth Day is also the anniversary day for DAK’s opening back on April 22, 1998.)

There will be stadium seating for 10,000 or so guests, very much like what’s at ‘Fantasmic!’ in Hollywood Studios right now.

Seating will be available on both sides of Discovery River Lake between Expedition Everest and the Theater in the Wild, currently home to Finding Nemo: The Musical.

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As viewed from the bridge into Africa.

Projection rock.

Projection rock (on right) for show’s electronics and lighting.

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January 2016:  Still moving dirt!

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Huge crew working on this project to keep it on track for the grand opening!

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Grand opening rock at DAK:  April 1998

 

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CM guest passes are blocked out April 19 – April 30th because of all the grand opening events.

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“Rivers of Light” promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting our guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

“Rivers of Light” concept art.

Rivers of Light promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. [We’re hoping it will be somewhat like the fabulous ‘World of Color’ show at California Adventure in Disneyland!]

This means that DAK will be able to stay open much, much later.

Sometimes in the winter, DAK closes as early as 5pm.

And, of course, no fireworks are allowed because of the sleeping animals.

It’s going to be amazing!

Rivers of Light will premiere late April 2016.

Construction video (May 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pokwZ4RSCvM#t=101

This will be so pretty so see a night!

The fully illuminated Tree of Life.  This will be so pretty to see at night!

The other thing that they’ve been working on at Discovery Island is replacing every single leaf on the Tree of Life with 200,000 twinkling, LED illumination lights that can be set to music!

The Rivers of Light show will include projection mapping onto the huge Tree of Life itself.

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6 thoughts on “April 2016: New Rivers of Light to Open!

  1. Paul schindler says:

    My trip ends the 20th, my kids first time there. We are at DAK the 19th, for the soft opening how do you get tickets? Thanks

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  2. Paul says:

    Great news and excellent site that I will use in future. Thank you!

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  3. Steve says:

    Is there any details on time for soft opening? Our trip ends on 4/20.

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