Rivers of Light and Other Nighttime Experiences Delayed for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Today, I bring some bad news. Disney announced that the Rivers of Light nighttime show, as well as the other nighttime experiences for Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been delayed and will now NOT be debuting on April 22, as it was previously announced that they would.

Details about the nighttime event are expected to be released in mid-late May, with no exact date listed any longer.

For those who are unaware, Rivers of Light is the upcoming nighttime experience that is set on the Discovery River in the Asia section of the park and will feature two storytellers who guide you through an ancient lantern festival. There will be large floats of animals, water, fire, and more.



Rumors have persisted that Rivers of Light was seeing technical difficulties and would potentially cause delays.

Disney has released some more information about the Tree of Life awakening that will occur on the Tree of Life each night. The show will feature animal spirits who bring the Tree of Life to life in moments of wonder. In the Awakening, the tree is brought to life in the form of fireflies who surround the tree in magical animations that occur.

The Tree of Life will awaken multiple times each evening and it appears that it will not be a scheduled thing, but more of something to happen upon, remaining active throughout the evening once it awakens for the first time that night. The Awakening will include 2-3 minute animal fables, as well as shorter nature and animal scenes.

Guests will be able to see the Awakening in the main hub; they will not be able to see the show from the back of the Tree of Life.

It also appears that the Awakening is not going to be connect to the Rivers of Light nighttime show.

Make sure to check out this stunning video that shares what Guests can expect when it debuts.


Stay posted to the blog for more information about the upcoming nighttime events for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

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