A New Way to Finish Your Day at Animal Kingdom

After a little over 10 months of delays, the highly anticipated newest nighttime show at Disney, Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom has recently debuted last weekend.

Rivers of Light is the first permanent nighttime show at Animal Kingdom. Disney is hoping that this along with Avatar  will help convince people who Animal Kingdom is truly a full day park. I have been lucky enough to be able to catch the show three different times already. I am personally a fan of the show. I am aware that some people have had issues with the show, claiming it is not enough of a “spectacular” such as Illuminations at Epcot or Wishes at Magic Kingdom. One thing to remember is due to the animals at Animal Kingdom, Disney has chosen not to use fireworks for their well-being. Personally I look at Rivers of Light as more than a nighttime show, and more of an experience and a wonderful way to finish of a day at Animal Kingdom.

The pre-show begins 15 minutes before the official showtime. This is the first time we have seen a true pre-show for a nighttime Disney show. It really helps set the mood and feeling for what is about to take place. During this time is where you can see the lights start to dim around you, as well as start to see the trees in the distant begin to light up with life. The sights and sounds of animals come to life around you and this is a great time to relax and appreciate what Animal Kingdom really is about. This is also when you begin to see the lotus flowers start to get in place for the show.

I will not ruin the actual show for you, if you have not seen it yet. However I will say that the show beautifully tells the story of how “water” and “light” exist together. This story is told by an amazing soundtrack. The show also uses projections similar to what is used during Fantasmic but on a larger scale. One of the things that amazes me is the lighting used during the show, this along with the technology that is used to sync the floats and water to the music is truly incredible.

Rivers of Light does a great job of extending the evening offerings at Animal Kingdom as well as giving us a brand new nighttime show to enjoy. I am also very excited to see the future uses of this technology. I believe it is something that Disney will continue to develop and improve the show.  This show is something that I plan on watching many more times especially once Pandora: World of Avatar opens up May 27th.

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