Last year, a host of new night-time experiences debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. ‘Kilimanjaro Safaris’ allows guests to get closer to incredible animals and see them when they are at their most active, while ‘Tree of Life Awakenings’ offers a visually stunning light display around the park’s iconic centrepiece. If you think the name Rivers of Light sounds familiar, you’d be right. This one-of-a-kind night-time spectacular was intended to open around the same time as the other night-time attractions but unfortunately the launch was delayed. Those of you who have been eagerly anticipating Disney’s new show will be pleased to know that the wait is almost over, and Rivers of Light will officially open on 17th February!
Guests will watch the show take place from the purpose-built Discovery River Amphitheatre. The theatre will offer much more than just seating though, and will actually become part of the story. Split into two halves by the river, the amphitheatre will form two separate villages- ‘The Serka Zong Marketplace’ and the ‘Discovery River Shoreline’. The villages are decorated with colourful prayer flags, garlands, bells and lanterns, and the design has been inspired by Nepalese culture.
The breath-taking show is a celebration of all living things and the special connection between animals and humans. The awe-inspiring display begins with a swarm of fireflies flitting above the river, before the ancient lantern ceremony starts. The festival draws out four animal spirit guides- an elephant, tiger, turtle and an owl. The beautiful animals take shape in the form of colourful floats, some stretching up to 30-feet-long! State of the art LED technology illuminates the animals from within, bringing them to life before your eyes.
The show is full of impressive special effects from start to finish, featuring live performers, powerful music, dancing fountains, floating lanterns and animal imagery projected onto enormous water screens to name just a few! Look out for storytelling duo Aseema and Aditya, in their elaborate costumes, and get ready for an incredible adventure. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this show is a must-see.
Check out the video below for a look behind the scenes...
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