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Disney theme parks will open new Star Wars show and Rivers of Light show in April

A new Star Wars stage show premieres April 4 at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom will flip the lights on for its new Rivers of Light nighttime spectacle on Earth Day, and Finding Dory will swim into Epcot this summer, Walt Disney World has announced.

Disney, which owns four theme parks in Central Florida, has a batch of new programming coming this summer, including the previously announced opening of Frozen Ever After, a retooled ride in the Norway pavilion at Epcot.

Disney's Hollywood Studios will have a new Star Wars-themed fireworks show this summer, "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," with lasers, special effects and video projections of characters and scenes, all set to the iconic score of the film series. The live stage show Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away will debut April 4 featuring popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul.

Rivers of Light, the new nighttime spectacle at Disney's Animal Kingdom, will debut on April 22 — Earth Day. Staged on the central waterway of Animal Kingdom, it will be the first nighttime show staged at that park. Disney described it as a combination of live performances, water screens, "swirling animal imagery" and floating lanterns.

"During the show, the hosts set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels for a dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits," according to a news release.

Other announcements for Disney World parks include additions to Epcot's Turtle Talk With Crush, beginning in early May. Characters from Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory, which opens June 17, will join Crush the sea turtle.

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