DFB Video: How to Score a Seat at the NEW “Rivers of Light” Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

This past weekend, we had our very first chance to view the newest Disney nighttime spectacular — Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

And lemme tell ya — it’s spectacular, and it’s totally worth the wait! We loved it SO much that we just had to make it the subject of our latest DFB Video!

Because we had the chance to see the show first hand, we want to share some images with you. But we also want to share how you can see the show yourself without standing in the anticipated long lines that are sure to greet its opening this weekend!

Rivers of Light Lotus Flowers

Rivers of Light Has Finally Arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

The new show was supposed to debut in 2016, but Disney pushed its launch back nearly a full year. That means that it will debut just months — really just weeks — before we see the opening of Pandora — The World of Avatar on May 27.

Rivers of Light Performers

Rivers of Light Performers Narrate the Story of Life

Each aspect of the show is more enchanting than the last. The screened projections depicting animal spirits are incedible.

Rivers of Light Projection of Simba

Rivers of Light Animal Spirits

Another cool part of the experience: so many of those exhibits at Tiffins finally make sense! :-D (The lit up animals are gorgeous. Seriously. We need lamps like this, Disney. In time for the holiday season.)

Rivers of Light Animals

Rivers of Light Animals

We predict that Rivers of Light is going to be a very popular attraction for Animal Kingdom. For starters, it’s gorgeous. But then, there’s also the novelty of being in the park after dark — something that was never really available to guests before. (Apparently, we couldn’t be in the park past the animals’ bedtimes. That has changed, it seems.)

Rivers of Light Owls

Rivers of Light Owls

So how do you beat the lines? Check out our latest DFB Video for our best suggestions! (Here’s a hint: one of them totally involves food. Yay!)

And did we mention all the super cute Rivers of Light Merch? You’ll remember the ROL Lotus Popcorn Bucket that debuted last year.

Lotus Blossom Popcorn Bucket

Lotus Blossom Popcorn Bucket

Now, with the debut of the show, we’re getting our hands on more cool stuff! This light-up wand interacts with the show — and with others around you!

Rivers of Light Merch!

Rivers of Light Merch!

But then, how can you go wrong with the souvenir that lights up and spins???

More Rivers of Light Merch

More Rivers of Light Merch

To see more about the show that’s inpiring all of this hoopla, be sure to check out our video! Just click on the video above, and watch it right from the comfort of your DFB screen.

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Now, I’ve gotta here from you! Are you anxious to see Rivers of Light? Leave a comment and let us know when you plan to go!


  1. Emma says

    Dining packages not up yet for 2nd week in July yet despite being within 180 day window. Hopefully soon!!!!!

  2. Judy says

    We can’t wait to see the new Rivers of Light Show. We will be there December 10, 2017 til January 3, 2018. So excited. We hope to get seats without having to wait in long lines as we have 3 children in wheel chairs.
    Thanks for adding another beautiful experience.

  3. Siobhan says

    I already have a tuskar meal booked for 6pm in May for the family, do you think I will have access to the seated area or will I have to cancel and rebook? On the mydisneyexperience app there is no mention of the show in the restaurant description.

  4. says

    Siobhan — I would give 407-WDW-DINE a call. They probably need to convert your advance dining reservation to a Rivers of Light Dining Package Reservation.

  5. Mary says

    Looking forward to “Rivers of Light” . When will the fast passes be available for Feb 27, 2017?

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