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New Details About New Experiences Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Beginning This Weekend

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This weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be the place to be! That’s because there will be two new shows that debut at the park.

The first is the debut of the brand new nighttime show, Rivers of Light: We Are One.  Rivers of Light: We Are One will tell the story of our connection with animals and the emotions and milestones we all share in our journey through the great circle of life. This reimagined version of the show introduces stunning imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with classic moments from Disney animation, tying everything in to the original Rivers of Light show.

Take a look at what Guests can expect with this new show:


The second new show that will be added is an addition to the Tree of Life Awakenings projection show. The new segment is being introduced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Lion King. During the show, which is inspired by the upcoming summer release of the movie, moments from Simba’s journey are depicted in an artistic style, set to the great musical score comprised of new arrangements of familiar tunes.

Take a peek at the brand new segment of the Awakening:


Other ways to celebrate The Lion King this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, unique photo opportunities and special décor throughout the park.

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2 thoughts on “New Details About New Experiences Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Beginning This Weekend

  • That show was a work of art. Beautiful, well executed, and totally tied into the theme of the part – the inherent value and beauty of nature.
    Now it’s just another hodgepodge of characters.

    Rejected title: “Rivers of Light: Be sure to purchase a plush character on your way out”

  • I guess we’ll see, but I feel like they’re missing what people don’t like about Rivers of Light. Disney seem to think anything + IP is an improvement these days, but it isn’t the lack of IP, it’s the lack of spectacle and the lack of emotional resonance. It shouldn’t be hard to make some kind of animal-centric environmental (practically propaganda) film that makes people emotional. Put in something a bit more spectacular, and I think you’d have a successful show. I feel like they were going for something like Illuminations in this show, but just failed miserably. It isn’t the concept that’s the issue, but the execution.

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