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.
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
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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