Rivers of Light Finally Coming to Walt Disney World in 2017

Tree of Life
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Rivers of Light is the much anticipated water, fire, musical show coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  Guests have been waiting anxiously for this attraction, as Disney originally planned to debut this one in the spring/summer of 2016.  Due to issues with the floats to be used in the production, the opening had to be delayed.  Disney has finally updated that the show will be “Coming in 2017”.  We don’t have a specific date in 2017 that it is set to open to guests, but Disney has been doing test runs for cast members, so we expect it to be very soon.


Rivers of Light is an evening show that will take place on the water in Asia.  The park historically hadn’t been open to guests during evening hours until summer 2016, as to ensure the animals that reside there are comfortable and can still be cared for.  As this show has been under development, the safety and well being was of a huge concern.  The show will consist of dancing fountains, lanterns, music and storytellers who make the event exciting and complete delight for the senses.  This will definitely be a show unlike any others that Disney has done and we can’t wait to see it.  We will update here as soon as we have official opening dates for Rivers of Light.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!