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Rivers of Light

A boat floating on water under a colorful display of animals

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Multiple Locations

Age Interest

All Ages


15 minutes

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  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV


What's New

Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.

A boat floating past colorful fountains

A Story at Sundown Set Aglow

Get swept away in a timeless show that celebrates the beauty of all living things. With a brilliant fusion of water, sound and light, it’s quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before!

As sunlight fades and the stars begin their twinkle, remember that we are all bound together by earth and spirit—past, present and future.

Listen as the Discovery River responds to the whispers of the world, cradling creatures with a symphony that swells with wild murmurs and shimmering secrets of the universe.

So begins a new light—a vibrant awakening of flitting fireflies leading to a ceremonious procession across the water.

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 savannahs and North American mountains.

This magnetic display culminates in a triumphant blend of song, light, color and earthly elements—a grand finale so divine that you can’t help but feel a sense of peace and oneness with nature.

An Asian style boat floats amid an array of fountains shaped like lotus flowers while a light show takes place overhead

Everything the Light Touches

Eastern festival traditions merge with innovative technology to make Rivers of Light come alive.

Featuring evocative, never-before-seen footage from Disneynature and floating set pieces set to a soaring original musical score, this nighttime show employs a host of magical devices to create an immersive experience that’s unique to anything else on the planet.

Fireflies in Flight
The flickering ornamentation of fireflies illustrates the migration of light—a central motif of the production. As the story unfolds, original video projections and choreographed laser animation combine to create the appearance of glowing fireflies, illuminating moments of the celebration like living pixie dust.

The lush lagoon setting is a central character itself—an ever-changing canvas for the unveiling of an unforgettable tale.

A storyteller dressed in a traditional Asian costume stands on a boat with hanging lanterns while 3 large owl figures occupy a barge nearby

Know Before You Go

Prior to arrival, check the My Disney Experience mobile app or view our park schedule for showtimes. This show runs on select nights for approximately 15 minutes, so be sure to pick up the Times Guide in the park for the most up-to-date schedule.

Glowing Mickey Ears light up as they sit piled together at night

Made with Magic

You can shimmer and shine in sync with the show thanks to special Made with Magic accessories.

A skillet of salmon steaks garnished with diced vegetables

Rivers of Light Dining Package

Take advantage of decadent dining experiences and premium seating for the enchanting, nighttime Rivers of Light show.

Women in festive cultural clothing and colorful makeup dance together

Alive with Nighttime Magic

Discover more of the magic—attractions, dining and entertainment—springing to life at night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

2 African elephants with tusks caressing each other's faces with their trunks

Disney Animals at Walt Disney World Resort

Revel in the magnificence of our elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and more—and in the depth of Disney’s worldwide commitment to wildlife conservation.

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Reminder: this is not a reservation.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

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  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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