Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Opens February 17, 2017!


From Walt Disney World Blog, 02/09/2017:

Today, we’re happy to announce one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on February 17, 2017.

Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.

To make dining or FastPass+ reservations for this new show, visit: MyDisneyExperience.com or the My Disney Experience app.


Our blog from earlier this month:

Rivers of Light is finally making its debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The dress rehearsals and technical work on the show have wrapped up and it’s looking good.

If you have been following the technical difficulties surrounding Rivers of Lights, you’ll remember it was first scheduled to open Earth Day 2016 (04/22/2016).  Caroline even made a special trip to WDW to watch the grand premiere…that never happened!

Instead, a barge sank in the lagoon and the entire show had to be reworked leading to a year-long delay!  More details below…

But, first, watch a Dress Rehearsal Preview:  Rivers of Light Preview

The Tree of Life is used as the backdrop for the show.


All the new nighttime attractions and entertainment happening at DAK this summer.

The show, originally slated to debut on April 22, 2016 – Earth Day – was indefinitely delayed due to problems with the automated show barges and floats, including one float that unfortunately sank during a rehearsal performance in April.

The show’s downtime and delay has also been used to rewrite large portions of the performance that Disney management deemed “too boring”. The show features animal-inspired floats and lanterns, special lighting and waterworks and fountains,  plus live performers and storytellers.

The new huge Rivers of Light amphitheater with seating for 5,000 guests.

The amphitheater overlooking the park’s Discovery River, which seats over 5,000 guests, was completed in March 2016 and is open for guests to sit in and rest during the day.

Elephants on one of the barges.
Tigers too!
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These illuminated glass sculptures are HUGE, 10-12 feet!
New RoL merch.  Very pretty!  The lotus flower is the ride’s symbol.
Popcorn in a Lotus Flower container.
We’re looking forward to seeing it after almost a year delay….finally!


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