Rivers of Light nighttime light show is coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer, Walt Disney World announced today.A new version of the
The new version, Rivers of Light: We Are One, will add Disney characters to the performance, with "a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation" projected during the show.
Rivers of Light has included Disney IP from its beginning more than two years ago, but it's been non-fiction IP from the studio's Disneynature films, which, frankly, the majority of fans probably never recognized as Disney. As much as I and other fans adored this show for its original story and themes, many Walt Disney World Resort visitors insist on seeing familiar Disney characters in every ride and show at the parks.
So Disney acquiesces. Some fans who love what Disney creates with original IP will protest, but it is because the majority of fans (most of whom never post online) want the familiar characters that Disney added The Three Caballeros to Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Frozen to Norway and is bringing Ratatouille and Beauty and the Beast to France. It's why the Guardians of the Galaxy are taking over the old Universe of Energy pavilion and California Adventure's Tower of Terror.
Disney gave Rivers of Light more than two years to become that kind of familiar IP for its theme park fans, as other original attractions eventually became. But apparently, the company has decided that the show needs a boost from its fictional IP to get there. The Disneynature imagery will remain in the show, but we will find out starting Memorial Day weekend what other stories and experiences this new production will deliver.
In the meantime, enjoy our recording of the original version of Rivers of Light.
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