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Rivers of Light DebutRivers of Light Debut | Pic: R. Ocampo

Rivers of Light Debuts at Animal Kingdom

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Rivers of Light is finally here and the long wait is so worth it! The night show that debuted February 17, 2017 marked an exciting time at Walt Disney Resort’s Animal Kingdom, especially since the original launch was slated for April 2016. As an attendee of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I was one of first to view the light spectacular (and more importantly share it with you!).

The nighttime show is an dazzling experience complete with music, incredible special effects and animal folklore. Rivers of Light stays true to the park it inhabits.  The animal theme can’t be mistaken as the illumination takes the shapes of the Tiger, Turtle, Elephant and Owl.

Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom | Pic: R. Ocampo
Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom | Pic: R. Ocampo

What to Expect?

The show’s duration is just over 15 minutes. There is narration at the beginning with characters choreographing aboard boats but the real stars are the animals that come to life in the water luminescence. You are guided through the jungle of Asia, African savannahs and mountains of the Americas’.

Scenes from Rivers of Light | Pic: R. Ocampo
What to Expect at Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Best Seats

As you can see from the image below, the amphitheater is not so big that you really need to jockey for an incredible seat. With the venue being a bit smaller, any vantage point is a good one. If you’re still picky and absolutely want to ensure the best view, aim for center just like you would at a movie theater. I would not sweat this too much, though.

Rivers of Light Seating | Pic: R. Ocampo
Rivers of Light Seating | Pic: R. Ocampo

Make Plans

Before you arrive, I recommend you check the My Disney Experience mobile app, or visit the park schedule, for showtimes. Rivers of Light displays on select nights, so be sure to pick up the Times Guide in the park for the most up-to-date schedule.

Exclusive Preview of Rivers of Light