Rivers of Light at Walt Disney World to Have Soft Openings Prior to February 17th

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We recently posted about the official opening for the much anticipated Rivers of Light in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World scheduled for February 17th.  We are now getting reports that there will be soft openings occurring on select nights.  We have confirmed there will be a show tonight, and there is the possibility that there will be more shows on other evenings prior to February 17th.  There were FastPass+ selections available for the showing tonight, so keep a watch on the park calendar and FastPass+ if you want to try to catch a show before the official opening.  The calendar on the Disney Parks website was updated to include the 7:15PM show at Animal Kingdom tonight, but we didn’t see the addition to any other dates yet.  We will keep you posted as we learn more and hear of more opportunities to see the show early.


The opening for Rivers of Light has been a long time coming, as the opening has been announced and pushed back a few different times.  It looks like this opening is really it and we will finally get to enjoy this nighttime spectacular regularly in the park.

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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!