Nighttime Spectacular Coming to Animal Kingdom

Disney announced what promises to be a game-changing new entertainment line-up for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including an all-new nighttime spectacular known as “Rivers of Light”!

Named for the aurora borealis phenomena, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative evening light show over the Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest.

Disney spokespeople are promising that the show will be unlike anything seen in Disney parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens, and gorgeous, swirling animal imagery.

New Show

The new show is part of what has become the largest expansion in Animal Kingdom’s history, including new nighttime attractions and, of course, a whole new land based on James Cameron’s hit film Avatar.

It is unlikely that “Rivers of Light” will include many fireworks (wouldn’t want to disturb the park’s beautiful animals!), instead opting for dazzling lights, music, and water effects as the perfect cap to a day in Animal Kingdom.


And a day in Animal Kingdom may soon become longer than ever! Rumor has it that “Rivers of Light” is only one attraction in a lineup of evening entertainment, which may include a nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris!

Longer Operating Hours?

Historically, Animal Kingdom has always closed the earliest of all the Disney parks (usually at 5 or 6 pm), so these expansion plans mean that Disney is adding experiences that will keep the park open for longer and allow guests to enjoy Animal Kingdom at night! Soon, Disney guests will not only be able to enjoy “Rivers of Light”, but get a peek at Animal Kingdom’s nocturnal life and ride Expedition Everest in the glow of the moon!

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