Make us your home page
Instagram

Disney's Rivers of Light show opening Friday after long delays

After months of technical delays, Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom on Friday will finally turn on the lights for its new nighttime show, Rivers of Light.

The complex production, on the water in front of a new stadium, features live performers and music, floating lanterns, lasers and special lights, with images projected against a mist.

It was supposed to debut in April 2016 on Earth Day, but was tripped up by unspecified technical issues. When it still hadn't opened by Memorial Day, Disney rolled out a show called "The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic" that received mediocre reviews and closed Sept. 5.

Starting Friday, Rivers of Light will play at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. on weekends and select evenings until summer, when the park is expected to extend its hours with Pandora: The World of Avatar opening in Animal Kingdom on May 27. The new land based on the hit James Cameron film is expected to be visually stunning.

Rivers of Light doesn't rely on Disney characters but rather sticks to the message of the zoo-like theme park and stays close to the nature theme.

You can book a FastPass or a special dining package that includes reserved seating at the new show. Packages are offered at the buffet-style Tusker House or the new restaurant Tiffins. Reservations can be made at disneyworld.com/dining or by calling (407) 939-3463.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Disney's Rivers of Light show opening Friday after long delays 02/15/17 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 3:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 21-27

    Events

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Watch the team practice for free at Bucs Training Camp on Tuesday-Thursday at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, where you'll also find the crew from HBO's Hard Knocks, the reality show featuring our team. Saturday, the team takes on the Cleveland Browns in a preseason game at …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) participates in practice during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
  2. Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dead at 91

    Obituaries

    LOS ANGELES — Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was …

    In this Sept. 2, 1990, file photo, entertainer Jerry Lewis makes his opening remarks at the 25th Anniversary of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon fundraiser in Los Angeles. Lewis, the comedian whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died according to his publicist. [Associated Press]
  3. If you miss out on Retro Futura tour, you'll be needing a little 'Tenderness'

    Blogs

    Closing out Retro Futura Week is a little bit of a cheat. We started the week with the English Beat and we end it with an offshoot of the Beat, the band General Public and their hit …

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 20

    Events

    The Art of the Brick: An elaborate display of more than 100 pieces of Lego artwork including the life sized sculpture of a man ripping open his chest, a 20-foot-long T. rex skeleton, a giant skull and replicas of famous works including Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night and Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona …

    Eliana Goldberg, 5, of Wesley Chapel looks at a Lego sculpture called "Everlasting" at The Art of the Brick exhibit, which opened Friday in Tampa and runs through Sept. 4. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  5. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik backs film company pursuing global blockbusters

    Corporate

    TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's latest investment might be coming to a theater near you.

    Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner, invested in a new movie company looking to appeal to a global audience. | [Times file photo]