Disney News & Listener Questions from 12/4/2016 – Episode 16

In this week’s episode, for December 4, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Show Notes
Disney Debuts Holiday Light Show at Disney Springs
New Enhancements Arrive on the Disney Wonder
Disney Announced New “4 Park Magic Ticket”
Pandora – World of Avatar Confirmed Opening in Summer 2017
Disney Offers Private Cabanas for Rent in Magic Kingdom
Rivers of Light Opens for Cast Member Previews
Main Street Electrical Parade Returning to Disneyland on January 2

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River’s of Light Open for Cast Member Previews

Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom at NightThe opening Rivers of Light appears as though it may actually happen in the not so distant future. This past weekend Disney World previewed the show to their own cast members, which is most typically the first step in the opening of a new attraction or show. No further information is known at this time, but everything points to the opening of Rivers of Light happening pretty quickly. Let us know your thoughts below!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Shorten Hours of Operation

Rivers of Light Concept ArtAfter adding a large amount of new, nighttime entertainment in the past year, Animal Kingdom now appears to be moving their closing time from 11 PM as it has been the past few months to 9 PM or earlier. A statement from Disney reads:

We will continue to offer new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including Kilimanjaro Safaris, the awakening of the Tree of Life, Tiffins restaurant and more. We will continue to adjust our hours and will remain open after sunset to deliver those experiences for our guests. As sunset gets earlier, we will be able to offer these experiences earlier than we have in the summer.

It appears this is just a temporary change as most of the parks shorten their hours in the winter months as the sun sets earlier. Of course the bigger take away from this may be that Rivers of Light is no closer to opening than it has been. Rivers of Light was supposed to open in the early summer months, but has yet to open. Disney even unveiled a temporary show for the summer, Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, which will be closing September 5. It remains to be seen when that show will begin and the early hours may be around for a while, at least until Avatarland opens.

 

New Details on Rivers Of Light at Animal Kingdom

A few days ago Disney revealed some new details about the “Rivers of Light” nighttime spectacular, which is coming to Animal Kingdom in 2016. Disney writes:

Rivers of Light Concept ArtIn “Rivers of Light,” a pair of mystical hosts come to the river bearing gifts of light. During the show, the hosts set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels for a dramatic dance of water and light to summon animal spirits. With the storytellers as your guides, the wonders of “Rivers of Light” builds to a stunning crescendo.

In addition to the show, you’ll also notice the park’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo an amazing awakening as the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies, revealing moments of wonder and enchantment.

To create “Rivers of Light,” Imagineers and Creative Entertainment partnered with the talents of master puppet designer Michael Curry, composer Mark Mancina and the filmmakers at Disneynature.

According to Imagineer Joe Rohde, the addition of “Rivers of Light” to the park’s offerings will serve as that huge “wow” moment that ends a guest’s visit to the park.

Disney also released a video showcasing imagineer Joe Rhode speaking on the topic.