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Rivers of Light official grand opening confirmed

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Disney confirmed today the official grand opening date for the new Rivers of Light evening show in Animal Kingdom. In accordance with celebrating Animal Kingdom’s birthday and Earth Day, the park will officially launch Rivers of Light on April 22, 2016.

“The show, set on Discovery River in the Asia section of the park, will depict an ancient lantern festival guided by two storytellers who call forth four animal Spirit Guides: an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, African Elephant and Great Horned Owl. These Spirit Guides return at different points during the show to lead the audience through their journey through the Rivers of Light.

Check out the video below to get the first look at some of the illuminated lanterns, water screens, moving fountains, light projections and other amazing elements that will be featured in “Rivers of Light.”


  1. We will be there on Aug 11th do you know if this show along with extended hours will still be going on or is this a limited time event?

  2. I can’t wait! I am so excited. I’m also looking forward to the new land of Pandora! Our family, including grandchildren will be going to Disney World this coming May and we will be able to see this. Thanks Kenny this made my day!!

  3. I’m going to be there on that weekend! Also, Kenny I am planning to go to Animal Kingdom on Earth Day #Florida Resident because of the random/rare characters that appear, if you had to guess which characters would appear. I know Jiminy has appeared in the past.

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