April 5, 2016, 10:17 AM ·
The Walt Disney World Resort announced this morning that its new nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light, will not debut on April 22, as previously announced.
Many Disney fans had grown frustrated by a lack of information from the resort about park operating hours, showtimes, and dining packages for the new show, which will blend "World of Color"-like projections with illuminated floats in an original story that evokes tribal legends and classic myth. Turns out, that lack of information should have been a clue that Rivers of Light wasn't coming in on schedule.
April 22 is Earth Day and the anniversary of the Animal Kingdom's opening in 1998. Disney said in a statement that it will announce more information about Rivers of Light's debut in mid- to late May. That means fans are looking at a delay until Memorial Day, perhaps at the earliest, before they can see Disney's new Animal Kingdom show.
To tide over fans, Disney did release a new preview video of the projection mapping effects that it will feature on the Tree of Life as part of Animal Kingdom's new nighttime entertainment.
In other attraction-opening news for Central Florida theme park fans, SeaWorld Orlando announced yesterday that its new Mako hypercoaster will open on June 10. And Universal Orlando sent a "save the date" message to news organizations, revealing that the media preview event for Skull Island: Reign of Kong will be held on June 22-24. As for the return of The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Universal hasn't offered a specific date for that, but it did just lay the final piece of its new track.