Rivers of Light: Animal Kingdom Nighttime Show

Disney’s Animal Kingdom park has been promising us a new, amazing show on Discovery River for years.  Last year the show, Jungle Book – Alive with Magic, temporarily took it’s place because the opening had been postponed.  Wait no longer, this show is now open to guests visiting Animal Kingdom Park.


It’s finally here the date is set for the River’s of Light show to premier on February 17th at 7:15pm on Discovery River.  Although the theater seats 5,000 guests, you may want to grab a Fastpass or a dining reservation now to get a good spot to see this highly anticipated show.  Fastpasses & dining packages are now available.

My photo from the soft opening of the show on February 10th 2017

Disney Parks Blog has discussed the theme of this nighttime water show saying, “Rivers of Light combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.”

Discovery River Theater in Animal Kingdom

February 10th, Disney surprised us with a soft opening of this new show.  I will tell you that it is an beautiful show with a wonderful message!Spoiler Alert:  Full length video of the soft opening below:

Show Times and Dates are as follows:

Showtimes begin at 7:15pm:
February 17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, March 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 & 11
Showtimes begin at 8:45pm:
March 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, April 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8
Showtimes will vary and can change without notice.
Check the Disney parks hours & schedule for details
April 16, 17, 18, 19 at 9:45 nightly
April 21 & 22 at 8:30pm & 10:00pm
April 23 at 8:45pm & 10:00pm
April 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 8:45pm
April 30 at 9:15pm
May 1 – 23 nightly at 9:15pm
May 24th – none on schedule, park shows it closes at 3:30pm
May 25, 26 at 9:15pm
May 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 at 9:15pm & 10:30pm
Showtimes begin at 9:15pm & 10:30pm:
June nightly

Dining Packages are Available at Tusker House & Tiffins:

Tusker House Breakfast: $39 for adults & $23 for children 9 & under
Tusker House Lunch or Dinner: $52 for adults & $32 for children 9 & under

Tiffins Lunch or Dinner: $67 for adults & 26 for children 9 & under
*Signature dining location

If the new experiences in Animal Kingdom make you want to visit this park, contact me today for free planning assistance when you book your trip.  When booking your trip with me, my planning service never comes at an additional cost to you and you will get experienced planning assistance based on the countless hours I spend in the Disney World parks almost every weekend.  Need more reasons to book?  Read through my article below my photo…
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