Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light is a outdoor show in Discovery Island at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's worth seeing on a time-permitting basis.

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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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Agree with Russell - this show surpassed my expectations. I especially liked the massive water fountain/hose things that fired off throughout the event. Definitely worth seeing at least once during your vacation to WDW.

Animal Kingdom is one night-time spectacular away from being the strongest 'all day park' at WDW.
Unfortunately, Rivers of Light feels too lightweight both in length and production value to truly match Happily Ever After or Fantasmic....skip this and watch the projections on the Tree of Life instead.

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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