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Rivers of Light will not open on April 22. It’s been delayed!

Rivers of Light Cast Member Previews coming soon!

We’ve been in a holding pattern for official information concerning Rivers of Light for a while now.  It was supposed to open April 22 according to former Disney releases, but that will not happen.

Disney Parks – “With the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’re excited to give Guests even more opportunities to celebrate the magic of animals and nature as day turns into night. While we’d hoped to debut these offerings on April 22, unfortunately, they will not open as planned on that date as we give the team more time to bring these innovative experiences to life in a way we know will exceed our guests’ expectations.

We’ll share more information about timing on the Disney Parks Blog by mid- to late May. We checked in recently during rehearsals of two key elements of the nighttime experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: the dramatic water and light show Rivers of Light, and the new nighttime magic at the Tree of Life.

This video of the iconic Tree of Life shows how the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will truly come alive with swirling animated imagery that tells enchanting stories from nature.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to debuting these new offerings. We hope you agree that they look worth the wait!”

KtP – Looks like they are going to hold off for the big Memorial Day time frame for their annual marketing push :(


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  1. Hi Kenny, We are going to Disney in June. On your app and on Disney’s web site, Animal Kingdom still closes at 8:00 pm. Do you think they will put it back at 5:00 pm if the show is not ready or will they leave longer hours since it is summer time? Thank you!

  2. Go figure, I just cancelled dinner reservations at Chef Mickey’s so we could be at Animal Kingdom all day. I should have known better:(

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