Disney’s Animal Kingdom Rivers of Light is classic Disney magic and then some. When it comes to anything that Disney puts together in its theme parks you know it is going to be absolutely amazing. This was my 2nd year attending Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration (DisneySMMC) It is a celebration of families and how Disney shares some magical moments before the general public will get to see them come to life. On our first evening in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we were treated to an awe-inspiring breathtaking performance called Rivers of Light. This all-new nighttime show will debut on February 17th, 2017.
These are a few of the once in a lifetime opportunities that go along with being a part of the DisneySMMC. I was so excited to be able to celebrate this year with my mom and 2 nieces. Walt Disney World is a place where all ages will have a wonderful time. Each family member can choose their own adventure. The last time my mom had visited the parks Disney’s Animal Kingdom was under construction. It is amazing how each time you can visit the parks there is something new to explore and no matter how many times you visit, you will never get to see everything that Walt Disney World has to offer.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Visitors and Animals Living in Harmony
“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, Walt Disney Imagineering. “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.
Here is just a small glimpse of the 15-minute show that you can see on your next trip to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
Sorry for the lack of sound- Disney has copyright so you can only view what was recorded.
The Magic of Rivers of Lights
The ceremony begins with a stirring musical overture signaling the arrival of a pair of mystical Storytellers, two complementary forces who come to the river bearing gifts of light. They set out from the shore aboard elaborate lantern vessels. Adorned in intricately designed costumes, the hosts engage in a dramatic dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits – an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, African Elephant and Great Horned Owl – and take guests on a wondrous journey across Asian jungles and African savannahs.
I have never heard a theme park become any quieter as we all watched in wonder and amazement. As each spray of water was embraced in light images appeared across like a film screen bringing the jungle to life. Each seating location will have a different view so this will certainly have visitors returning to see it again and again.
I hope you have enjoyed just a glimmer of what awaits you for Rivers Of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These are memories that will last forever and I was thrilled to be able to share them with my family
I was invited to attend The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration for a fee. Pixie Dust was sprinkled our way for exciting opportunities and complimentary items. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Julie Wood says
WOW! This is really gorgeous and I would love to see the Lights debut. What an experience that my family would love to take in!
Janet W. says
This looks amazing and very magical! What a sight to see in person!
Sara Zielinski says
This looks like a great disney event.
Thanks for sharing the video from the Animal Kingdom! I love Disney and havent been in a million years, so it was fun to watch that! Glad you had a blast with your fam!
I am so excited about the new attractions! I can’t wait to go back and see everything. That’s the best part about Disney, is that they are always changing and adding new things.
Some of my favorite things to do in Disney is the shows and night and Disney never disappoints! I can’t wait to go again.
The last time we went they were still working on Rivers of Light. I can’t wait to go back to see it. We used to go to Disney every year, but the prices have gone up to the point we go once every few years now. It is still worth every penny though!
Wow!! Thanks for sharing! That looks amazing! I love Disney World. We usually stay on property! I want to go back soon. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy February!
Amanda Love says
My daughter and I just saw this and it was amazing! Unforgettable, without a doubt and it’s a must see. The kids will surely love this.
Angela Tolsma says
Oh gosh the show looks and sounds fabulous! I love your first picture of the flower, so pretty. I can’t wait to one day take my nephews and go see all the amazing things Disney has to offer!
Laurie Albanos says
I’ve seen the show you speak of. It’s so beautiful to watch. Epcot has a wonderful show as well. There’s nothing like Disney parks to make you feel like a kid.
Nichole Simmons says
This looks so awesome! I wish I were able to take my daughter to go see it!
We were there in January and so before this premiered. I’m bummed we missed it. But that just means we have to make another trip right?
Nicole Feliciano says
what a magical adventure. I’m so thrilled that you got to be one of the first to experience this.
Reesa Lewandowski says
After seeing the videos and pics from the conference of this new show, I am so excited to see it one day!
This is wonderful! I love the idea of the Animal Kingdom night performance – I’ve read a couple of blog posts about it from other ladies and it’s honestly making me want to go so bad! I wish we had it here in the UK, it’s just the kind of thing I’d love x
Cecilia Cannon says
seriously looks like a magical night! I can’t wait to go and have my kids experience this spectacular event!
Blythe Alpern says
Disney always knows how to put on a great show. I hope to check this one out next time we go, hopefully when my nieces and nephew are old enough to stay up late. I know they would enjoy all the lights and music.
humera tabassum says
Disney trips are always exciting and fun
Looks pretty awesome. Would love to visit some day. Disney is so magical but I think Animal Kingdom is where I’d have the most fun.
Haley Bradley says
We are going to Disney this fall, and I cannot wait to see Rivers Of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It seems so pretty!
That sounds like such a cool event. I love that they brought in something new esp for the evenings since it’s dark earlier right now.
I’m planning a trip to Disney this July and I can’t wait to go to Animal Kingdom, because I’ve never been. The light show looks incredible and I know my kids will love it!
Someone else in the bloggers get social posted about this too! So funny. This looks like such a fun event to take the kids to. I love lights!
What a beautiful post. i would love to see these illuminated night up close and in person!
Kecia | OnlineIncomeMom says
What a beautiful presentation! I love the shows Disney puts on. This one reminds me of the World of Color show at Disneyland I watched a couple years ago. So magical!
I have to admit I never heard of Disney’s River of Light. It is amazing, and I always thought of everything Disney as something only daytime, from photos on social media, etc. This is so cool!
This looks awesome! Animal Kingdom is wonderful and this looks like a great addition.