Apr 06

Disney World Delays Debut Of New Nighttime Activities At Animal Kingdom


Walt Disney World announced yesterday that the new nighttime experiences scheduled for debut at 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 was no new date provided, though Disney promised to provide fans with an update by mid to late May. Here’s a look at the announcement provided via The Disney Parks Blog:

With the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’re excited to give Guests even more opportunities to celebrate the magic of animals and nature as day turns into night. 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.

We’ll share more information about timing on the Disney Parks Blog by mid- to late May. We checked in recently during rehearsals of two key elements of the nighttime experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: the dramatic water and light show Rivers of Light, and the new nighttime magic at the Tree of Life.

This image from a recent rehearsal of Rivers of Light illustrates a bit of the beauty and complexity of this innovative blend of water, light and original music that brings with it so many firsts.

This video of the iconic Tree of Life shows how the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will truly come alive with swirling animated imagery that tells enchanting stories from nature.

I know this is disappointing news for fans who have been anxiously anticipating the new nighttime activities, but the good news is that Disney is taking the time to be sure everything will be done right. That’s all part of the high Disney standards and expectations that fans have come to anticipate. Hopefully this extra time that Disney’s taking will mean that the new Rivers of Light show and the other nighttime activities will be even better!

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