Rivers of Light will officially debut at Animal Kingdom on February 17 

It’s been a busy week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. First the opening date for Pandora – The World of Avatar was announced, and now we know the all-new nighttime show Rivers of Lights will debut February 17!  

Animal Kingdom’s latest after-dark performance takes guests on a spectacular emotional journey celebrating the connection between humans and animals. Using water, fire, nature and light all choreographed to an original musical score and accompanied by live performers, floating lanterns, glistening fountains, special effects and animal imagery projected on water screens, River of Lights is a must see. 
Rivers of Light will officially debut at Animal Kingdom on February 17
“Disney’s Animal Kingdom is built around the lives of animals, built around the rules of nature, and those rules dictate that as you move between day and night everything changes…and you’re going to want to see that,” said Joe Rohde, Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering in a statement. “It all really is summed up by Rivers of Light. In the show, we take this combination of light and water which create life, and out of that comes this fantastically rich explosion of animal life that ultimately rises up and joins the stars.” 

Animal Kingdom’s latest nighttime show will begin as the sun sets. Guests will gather along the edge of the Discovery River in the new 5,000-seat amphitheater. Sounds of animals are heard for a nearby forest, and magical fireflies descend form the Tree of Life as four illuminated lotus flowers float across the water.   

From there two mythical Storytellers emerge, bearing gifts of light. They set out from the shore aboard lantern vessels. The hosts engage in a dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits - an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, African Elephant and Great Horned Owl, taking guests on a journey across Asian jungles and African savannah.  

To see the newest nighttime offering at Disney’s Animal Kingdom look for discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Best of Orlando.   
Orlando, FL – 2/10/17