VIDEO Highlights Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Excitement for Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been building for a long time.  Originally scheduled to open in April 2016, Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom makes its official debut on Friday, February 17, 2017.  We caught a preview performance of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Friday, February 10, and you can check out video highlights of the newest nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park below.

Rivers of Light

“Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy Disney Parks.

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom sweeps you away with a show that celebrates the beauty of all living things. With a brilliant fusion of water, sound and light, it’s quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before. As sunlight fades and the stars begin their twinkle, we remember we’re all bound together by earth and spirit—past, present and future.

Listen closely as the Discovery River responds to the whispers of the world, cradling creatures with a symphony that swells with wild murmurs and shimmering secrets of the universe. So begins a new light—a vibrant awakening of flitting fireflies leading to a ceremonious procession across the water.

Before your eyes, clusters of lantern light shift and shape into stunning animal spirit forms—the Tiger, Turtle, Elephant and Owl. Spellbound, you’re transported across Asian jungles and tropical oceans to African savannahs and North American mountains.

This magnetic display culminates in a triumphant blend of song, light, color and earthly elements—a grand finale so divine that you can’t help but feel a sense of peace and oneness with nature.

Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the culmination of a newly re-imagined park that also includes “awakenings” of animals on the park’s iconic Tree of Life…

Special nighttime rides on Kilimanjaro Safaris with African wild dogs and hyenas added to the fray…

Kilimanjaro Safaris after Dark

Kilimanjaro Safaris after Dark, photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

And a party during the Discovery Island Carnivale.

Discovery Island Carnivale at Night at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Discovery Island Carnivale at Night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, photo by David Roark, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort.

Of course there’s one last piece to complete Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Pandora – The World of Avatar will open on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom © Disney. All Rights Reserved

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!