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Update on Nighttime Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney is excited to give guests even more opportunities to celebrate the magic of animals and nature as day turns into night. While they hoped to debut these offerings on April 22, unfortunately, they will not open as planned on that date as they give the team more time to bring these innovative experiences to life in a way that will exceed guests’ expectations.


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.


Disney apologizes for any inconvenience and look forward to debuting these new offerings. They hope you agree that they look worth the wait!

4 thoughts on “Update on Nighttime Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  1. Glenn thomas

    I am 70 years old. I will never get back to see this event. I could have been happy if the event was not 100%. I can’t afford to just through away the money. So disappointed in Disney. I could have been happy without Soaring, but without River of Light I am just so disappointed right now

    1. John Donahue

      I am sure that Disney has done everything they could. We are disappointed as you are. We also hope that you do get a chance to see this once it opens.

  2. brenda thomas

    We were so looking forward to the new exibit at animal kingdom but now somewhat disappointed we will not have the chance to view it. Our trip was somewhat planned because of the new addition at animal kingdom.

    1. John Donahue

      There are several people who planned trips around this event. It is very disappointing, but we hope that when Disney does unveil it, we will all be amazed!


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