Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light is a outdoor show in Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom. While it's not a "must do," it is also recommended.

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Rivers of Light debuted in February 2017, after a nearly year-long delay. Notable for its original IP, not referencing any Disney animation characters, Rivers of Light calls four Animal Spirit Guides — an elephant, owl, a tiger, and a turtle — whose spiritual journeys frame the production, which features water screens, physical props, and lighting effects.

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A lot of guests poo poo this show as being boring and bland. However, I really enjoyed it, and it fits will with the ambiance of DAK. The use of moving floats with fountains, projections, and other techniques make this a visual cornucopia. The show is much more like Illuminations than Fantasmic, World of Color, or MK shows, choosing to stay away from simply showing a greatest hits montage of Disney favorites. It's a welcome change, and a more apt fit for DAK, even if the viewing area is cramped with little legroom between the rows.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend wasting a FP on this show, though if one is still available later in the evening (after you've already done all the big attractions) it might be better than standing in line for 30+ minutes to get into the arena. I would, however, recommend trying one of the dining packages that provide exclusive seating with a pre-fixe meal at one of DAK's table service restaurants (Tiffins or Tusker House).

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