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Rivers of Light testing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


We’re really excited for the arrival of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s first night time show – “Rivers of Light.” Beginning on Earth Day April 22nd, the show will begin nightly performances on Discovery River between Expedition Everest and the Theater in the Wild (home to Finding Nemo).

We’re just getting in our first video of floats out on the river doing some testing right after the park closed.

This first video from a Facebook live video by Lori Hope Fries is taken from the bridge between Discovery Island and Dino-Land USA.

Rivers of Light testing at Disney Animal Kingdom

Posted by Lori Hope Fries on Saturday, March 19, 2016

She then moves to a position inside Flame Tree BBQ, the same spot where I’ve been taking photos of “Rivers of Light” construction:

Rivers of Light. A first look

Posted by Lori Hope Fries on Saturday, March 19, 2016

What you see are four of the Lotus Flower floats that will play a part a seen in this concept art, and three of the animal themed floats. The talented Michael Curry partnered with Disney to create the floats.


A big thanks to Lori for sharing her videos on Facebook.

The “Rivers of Light” water pageant is a part of a series of new night time awakenings coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Together the new experiences will extend the number of hours guests are able to enjoy in Disney’s most beautiful park.

Previously: Rivers of Light Construction Update, Rivers of Light early testing video.

2 thoughts on “Rivers of Light testing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom”

  1. They really should have made it like illuminations, so everyone could see. All shows need to be done like that

  2. Pingback: "Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom - March Construction Update | The Disney Blog

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