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UPDATE: Disney has identified operational issues during early testing of the show, and announced that the opening will be delayed until at least late May. We will keep you updated when a new opening date is released.

I called it months ago, but Disney has now officially confirmed that “Rivers of Light,” the new nighttime spectacular show for Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut on Friday, April 22 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. While the standard park hours for Disney’s Animal Kingdom started showing up as somewhat extended going forward from mid-April, with standard closing time pushing back from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., I expect that we will likely see those extended a bit more soon. So far, all that Disney has released is the opening date for the show. No announcement has been made at this time regarding the showtime, whether FastPass+ seating reservations will be available, and whether or when dining package options with preferred seating will begin (though both FastPass+ and dining package options are expected).

Contact a Mouse Master Travel professional to book your Walt Disney World vacation, and we’ll monitor the availability of those special seating options for you, and help ensure that you get the best view possible for this fantastic show!


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