Disney Animal Kingdom Rivers of Light Review

It was a first for the Roadside Travels group tonight! First time at the Animal Kingdom (I know right!) and the first opportunity to go and see the new Rivers of Light show and it was fantastic!

About the show:

“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.”

Here are some highlights from the show:

Roadside Travels Tips

Fastpass is your friend!

The line was really long, it is a small stadium and seats will fill up fast. They say get in line 15 min before the show starts but I would recommend getting in line as early as you can. Your other option would be to get a Fastpass+ for the event.

Dining Packages

Unfortunately, you cannot dine and see the show but it helps to grab a bite to eat before the show. However, while some of the dining packages can run a bit expensive, if you are not able to get the Fastpass this is another way to ensure you get a good seat for the show. The dining plans offered include:

The Tusker House package is available for the breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. You would need to arrive no later than 2 hours and 30 min before the show starts. The current price for this dining package (be sure to visit the Disney parks website for the most current rates) starts: For breakfast – $24 for kids 3-9 and $39 for adults. For lunch and dinner $32 for children and $52 for adults.


The Tiffins package is offered for lunch and dinner and unlike Tusker House you will be to be there 3 hours before the show starts. Rates start for children age 3-9 at $26 and for adults $67.

Evenings at Animal Kingdom

Traditionally Animal Kingdom closes well before night time rolls around but with the Rivers of Light, they also offer new nighttime safaris, Expedition Everest in the dark, and the Tree of Life Awakening which we stayed to watch. I was going to post a video of it but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.


  1. Jo-Ann Brightman

    I love light shows and this sounds better than many others. I would love to have the opportunity to enjoy it.

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