• Walt Disney World announces enhancements to Rivers of Light show

    By: Shelley Caran


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A little over two years ago, the nighttime celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, debuted featuring illuminated lantern floats, beautiful imagery inspired by nature, fascinating performers, a soaring musical score, and innovative special effects. 

    And this summer, an updated and enhanced version of the show entitled Rivers of Light: We Are One will debut on the Discovery River Amphitheater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom starting May 24th in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

    “Rivers of Light: We Are One introduces additional, stunning imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation, to express our connection with animals and the emotions and milestones we all share in our journey through the great circle of life,” according to Shawn Slater on the Disney Parks Blog. “The music of “Rivers of Light: We Are One” weaves together the original musical score and familiar Disney themes to create a powerful arrangement that inspires and carries us through moments of discovery, fun, friendship, fear, love and family.”

    If you aren’t familiar with the Rivers of Light nighttime show, here is a description:

    Eastern festival traditions merge with innovative technology to make Rivers of Light a visual treat unlike any other.

    The lush lagoon setting is a central character itself—an ever-changing canvas for the unveiling of an unforgettable tale. Discovery River comes alive with light as a thousand flickering fireflies lead a captivating procession across the water.

    Giant floating flowers perform an intricate water ballet as glowing boats drift by. As the story unfolds, original video projections and choreographed laser animation combine to illuminate moments of the celebration like living pixie dust.

    Before your eyes, clusters of lantern light shift and shape into stunning animal spirit forms—the Tiger, Turtle, Elephant and Owl. Spellbound, you’re transported across Asian jungles and tropical oceans to African savannas and North American mountains.

    Your dreamlike journey culminates in a triumphant finale of song, light, color and earthly elements that leaves you with a profound sense of peace and oneness with nature.


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