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Rivers of Light is an upcoming nighttime show at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort. Rivers of Light will be located in the park's Discovery River lagoon between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest.[2] The show will feature water, mist screens, floating lanterns, lights, fog, projection mapping and live performers.[3] and incorporate the park's Tree of Life into the show.

The show was first announced as part of the park's expansion plans, which includes Pandora–The World of Avatar and a nocturnal version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, in October 2013.[4][5] Construction began in 2014.[6] The show was originally set to premiere on April 22, 2016, Earth Day and the park's 18th anniversary.[7][8] However, on April 5, 2016, it was announced that the show had been delayed and would not be able to meet the April 22 premiere date.[1][9][10][11][12]

The show will only be able to seat 5,000 guests, giving it the smallest capacity of Walt Disney World's night-time shows.[13]

A portion of the show was previewed to media on April 19, 2016, when it was also announced that The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, a limited-engagement show based on the 2016 live-action film, would fill the space of the delayed Rivers of Light night-time show, presumably until the latter show is ready.[14][15]


Rivers of Light was initially conceived of as a nighttime parade by Steve Davison through the streets of Animal Kingdom, but this concept was shelved due to the costs of infrastructure alterations necessary for visibility and movement. [16] In the wake of World of Color, the concept was revisited as a show for the Discovery River Lagoon.

Walt Disney Imagineers and Disney Creative Entertainment designed the show along with longtime collaborators Michael Curry, Don L. Harper and Mark Mancina.[17]



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  2. "Not just Avatar taking shape behind walls of Animal Kingdom", Orlando Sentinel (August 16, 2015). Retrieved on August 16, 2015. 
  3. "New Details Released on ‘Rivers of Light,’ Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom", Disney Parks Blog (August 16, 2015). Retrieved on August 16, 2015. 
  4. Garcia, Jason (12 October 2013). "Disney details "Avatar" land for Animal Kingdom". Retrieved on 12 October 2013. 
  5. Slater, Shawn (2 May 2014). ""Rivers of Light" Nighttime Spectacular Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom".. Retrieved on 10 July 2014.
  6. "Star Wars Land Coming To Disney Parks, 4 Star Wars Attractions Detailed, And More – D23", (August 15, 2015). Retrieved on August 16, 2015. 
  7. Fickley-Baker, Jennifer. "First Look: ‘Rivers of Light’ To Debut April 22 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom"..
  8. Ferrell, Ian. "Source Confirms Rivers of Light Soft Opening & More Details - Ride Vine"..
  9. "Disney: 'Rivers of Light,' other Animal Kingdom attractions delayed". Retrieved on 5 April 2016.
  10. "Rivers of Light and nighttime attractions delayed". (en-US) Attractions Magazine. Retrieved on 5 April 2016.
  11. "Opening date delayed for Rivers of Light, nighttime experiences at Disney's Animal Kingdom". (en-US) Inside the Magic. Retrieved on 5 April 2016.
  12. "Rivers of Light opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom postponed". WESH. Retrieved on 5 April 2016.
  13. Munarriz, Rick (12 March 2016). "Is Disney World Making a 5,000-Seat Mistake?"..
  14. "Disney previews 'Rivers of Light,' announces 'Jungle Book' show". Retrieved on 20 April 2016.
  15. "Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night With New ‘Jungle Book’ Show, Parties & Attractions Starting Memorial Day Weekend". (en-us) Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on 20 April 2016.
  17. "Rivers of Light debuts April 22 at Disney's Animal Kingdom". (en-US) Attractions Magazine. Retrieved on 9 April 2016.

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