Have you been impatiently waiting for the brand new Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular slated to take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Well, I’m happy to tell you your wait is almost over. This fantastic nighttime event is slated to begin on April 22, which is fittingly the park’s birthday, as well as Earth Day! But that’s not the only thing that’s slated to debut! Many of the other fantastic nighttime elements are also going to premiere that day as well!
First things first…let’s talk about the coolest thing — Rivers of Light. The show, which is set on the Discovery River in the Asia section of the park will feature two storytellers who guide you through an ancient lantern festival. These guides will call forth four animal Spirit Guides that will include a Tropical Turtle, an African Elephant, an Asian Tiger, and a Great Horned Owl. The Spirit Guides will also help to lead the audience through their journey through the story. This mystical show will combine water and fire effects like never before.
Disney also released this fantastic video to showcase what we can expect to experience in this brand new beautiful and touching nighttime event. I’m telling you…you are not going to want to miss this!
But, as I mentioned, it’s not just Rivers of Light debuting on April 22. Guests will also be able to experience the Tree of Life Awakening. Each night, throughout the evening, the Tree of Life will undergo an extraordinary awakening, as animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that open a window into the body of the tree. The fireflies will reveal wonderful stories and enchanting moments.
Are you ready to go on a nighttime safari on Kilimanjaro Safaris? Beginning April 22, you’ll be able to! The classic park attraction, will for the first time offer hours into twilight thanks to lighting that mimics sunset.
Brand new lively entertainment offerings will also be available to Guests in both Discovery Island and Africa. The Discovery Island Carnivale will dance its way through the island, gathering Guests to a street party across from Flame Tree Barbeque. Over in Africa, The Harambe Wildlife Street Parti will include a number of musical acts and acrobats.
Finally, yes, of course there will be new food and beverage offerings including specialty popcorn and beverage containers themed to the lotuses and lanterns in the nighttime show.
This spring, Animal Kingdom is going to be THE hot spot to be! I know I can’t wait to finally experience the wonder and majesty that is Disney’s Animal Kingdom at night!