PHOTOS: Animal Kingdom hosts surprise Rivers of Light preview at Walt Disney World

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It’s been a big day for Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World– besides the announcement of the official opening date of the park’s Pandora: the World of AVATAR expansion, Animal Kingdom also hosted a surprise preview performance of the long-delayed Rivers of Light water show on the Discovery River lagoon.

This was the first full exhibition of the show for an audience (this time made up mostly of select Social Media Mom bloggers, plus their friends and families) and with it came news that Rivers of Light has apparently been cut down to about fifteen minutes in total length. However, those who witnessed the new show certainly seemed to enjoy it!

Could this mean the show is nearing a state where it is ready for regular guest consumption? Could a soft opening be next? Only time will tell, so stay tuned to Inside the Magic for more information and further updates from Walt Disney World!



  1. Grant

    Am I the only one who when viewing this site on the phone gets constantly redirected to the App Store?

  2. Mark

    I was part of the support staff facilitating the event, and last night’s audience was not made up of mostly select Social Media Mom bloggers and WDW cast members. About 2/3’s was made up of families and friends of the bloggers. The only CMs present were those that were working the DSMMC or support for the ROL preview.

    1. Mike Celestino

      Thanks for the info. Will adjust accordingly.

  3. reagan

    mike i have a question. from what i remember with the jungle book show they had before there. isnt there a bridge that you can see everything thats happening? im just wondering if they cut it off or blocked the view sight

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