Opening date delayed for Rivers of Light, nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Walt Disney World has announced Tuesday that the new nighttime experiences planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including the spectacular new “Rivers of Light” show, has been delayed from its previously announced opening date of April 22. There is no new date as of now, though Disney Parks Blog promises an update by mid to late May.

While we’d hoped to debut these offerings on April 22, unfortunately, they will not open as planned on that date as we give the team more time to bring these innovative experiences to life in a way we know will exceed our guests’ expectations.

Additionally, Disney also shared a video highlighting the epic Tree of Life that is the centerpiece of Animal Kingdom and how it “will truly come alive with swirling animated imagery that tells enchanting stories from nature.”

While all of us have been heavily anticipating the new “Rivers of Light” show, we can at least be assured that they are taking the time to get everything right and up to the standards we all expect from Disney. Hopefully the show will be even better as a result of this extra planning and preparation. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Jess

    So disappointed. Was looking forward to this. Our trip is early May and I was waiting for April 22 to see the schedule and get it all set in our plans. ?

  2. Melissa

    Is the tree of life a display or show? Do you know when it will begin?

  3. Jacquelin Marquez

    Hope they open the show soon our trip is for that show too pleaseeeee

  4. Allison

    Animal Kingdom is my least-favorite park, but I bought an extra day’s ticket to see the show at the end of May. So disappointed 🙁

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