Disney's Rivers of Light to open Feb. 17; Wishes to close in May
February 9, 2017, 10:16 AM ·
Walt Disney World's long-awaited new night-time show, Rivers of Light, will debut a week from tomorrow, Feb. 17, at Disney's Animal Kingdom. But that's not the only change in evening entertainment at the Orlando-area resort.
Disney also announced today that its current Magic Kingdom fireworks show, Wishes, will close and be replaced by "Happily Ever After," a new fireworks production that will include castle projections and laser effects.
Rivers of Light originally was to debut in April of last year, but Disney delayed the premiere until May, then eventually canceled it. Disney tested the show for cast members last November, then finally did a public rehearsal of the performance this week. This week's performance was shorter, at about 14 minutes, than some of the previous rehearsals, but still remains longer than some of Disney's other night-time show, including IllumiNations, which clocks in around 12 minutes.
If you want a reserved seating for Rivers of Light, Disney is now offering dining packages at Tiffins and Tusker House that include premium seating for the show. Prices start at $67 for adults at lunch and dinner at Tiffins and $39 for breakfast and $52 for lunch and dinner at Tusker House.
As for the MK fireworks, Wishes has been running at the Magic Kingdom since 2003, replacing the original Fantasy in the Sky fireworks, which debuted with the park in 1971. The show's final date will be May 11, with Happily Ever After starting the next evening, May 12. The new show will include continue to feature music from multiple Disney films, as well as Tinker Bell flying across the hub. Here's the tease: