Disney reveals nighttime plans for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom

by: Shelley Caran Updated:

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - On the heels of the announcements of the opening dates of Pandora – World of Avatar and Star Wars Land, the Walt Disney World Resort shared two more huge nighttime plans for the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
 
“Happily Ever After,”  will be a new nighttime spectacular that will take the place of “Wishes!” at the Magic Kingdom on May 12, 2017.
 
The new show will combine the magic of Disney storytelling, beloved Disney characters, fireworks and so much more.
 

 

The spectacular will inspire guests to seek out and find their own “Happily Ever After” by showcasing some of the greatest adventures Disney characters have taken to achieve their dreams. The show will feature the latest fireworks and pyrotechnics and original animation, plus a heart-tugging original score. And thanks to the inclusion of state-of-the-art projection mapping technology, more Disney characters than ever before will be featured in the show, including moments from “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin” and many others.
 
If you want to catch “Wishes!” one last time, word is that you will want to head to the Magic Kingdom in March. As soon as an official date is released, we will share that information.
 
Then over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, “Rivers of Light” will make its debut on February 17, 2017.
 
 
Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.
 
You can also book a special dining packaged or make a FastPass+ reservation for this new show by visiting MyDisneyExperience.com or using the My Disney Experience app.