More Show Times Added for Rivers of Light Opening Weekend at Walt Disney World

Rivers of Light is expected to typically only be shown once per night on select evenings for the normal operation schedule.  The attraction officially opens on February 17th, but soft opening performances have been occurring all week leading up to the big event.  Disney has now added an extra show on Saturday and Sunday for opening weekend, so there will be two shows each night due to the expected crowd levels for the opening.  Here is the opening weekend schedule:

  • Friday, February 17th: 7:15PM
  • Saturday, February 18th: 7:15PM and 8:30PM
  • Sunday, February 19th: 7:15PM and 8:30PM

There are FastPass+ reservations available for the shows, but you will have to act fast if you hope to snag those as they are expected to go quickly. During the soft opening, there has been special wrist bands for reserved seating for Annual Passholders and DVC Members, but we aren’t certain if those will continue into the official opening.

Has anyone seen the show yet?  What did you think?

Check out our article 10 Do’s and Don’ts For Disney’s Animal Kingdom below:

By Caitlin Corsello

Guests who vacation in Walt Disney World love to spend lots of time enjoying the four theme parks including Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park invites guests to enjoy the beauty and splendor of nature while learning about the importance of conservation and preservation in exciting and entertaining experiences. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can embark on an African safari, come face to face with a Yeti, enjoy some amazing food, travel back to the time of the dinosaurs, shrink down to the size of bugs, see favorite characters from Finding Nemo and The Lion King, and enjoy unique shopping. With so many amazing things to enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests might feel a little overwhelmed trying to see it all. There are some great tips and tricks that can help guests get the most out of their time in the park and be able to enjoy as much as possible. Here are the top ten do’s and don’ts for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

10. Don’t Skip Rope Drop — One of the best ways to make the most of a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is arriving for rope drop. This entails getting to the park before it officially opens and waiting to be let inside. Guests who arrive early for rope drop are some of the first inside the park where they can enjoy low wait times, few crowds, and quiet walkways.

9. Do Kilimanjaro Safaris First — Many guests absolutely love to enjoy a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris which brings guests on an authentic safari through the African savannahs and forests. Since Kilimanjaro Safaris is so popular with guests, it tends to have long wait times throughout the day making it a great attraction to visit in the early mornings. Heading to Kilimanjaro Safaris first thing in the morning is also a great idea as the animals tend to be more active since the temperatures are cooler and breakfast is being served.

8. Don’t Skip Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail — Many guests who enjoy a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris immediately head back to the village of Harambe when exiting. By doing so, they miss an amazing walking trail that features different animal habitats and beautiful details and scenery. The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail can be found just outside the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris and features animals like meerkats and a beautiful habitat for many different gorillas.

7. Do Enjoy Festival of the Lion King — Also found in the village of Harambe is a stage show which absolutely cannot be missed. The Festival of the Lion King is housed in the Harambe Theater and brings the story of the classic Disney animated film The Lion King to life. The show features familiar characters and music, aerial ballet, acrobats, and fire dancing and is a huge crowd pleaser.

6. Do FastPass Kali River Rapids — Guests who are looking to enjoy thrills in Disney’s Animal Kingdom should enjoy a ride on Kali River Rapids. The attraction brings guests down the Chakranadi River and showcases the destruction of illegal logging with thrills and soaking moments along the way. Since Kali River Rapids is so popular with guests, it is smart to book a FastPass for the attraction to save a lot of time that would have otherwise been spend waiting in line.

5. Do Use The Single Rider Line — Another very popular attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Expedition Everest which invites guests into the Forbidden Mountain for an up close encounter with the fabled Yeti. The attraction is filled with big thrills and lots of surprises and many guests love to enjoy a ride on it while in the park. Since Expedition Everest is so popular it tends to have long wait times. Instead of booking a FastPass for the experience, guests should opt to use the Single Rider line which offers the same experience with a much shorter wait time so long as guests don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.

4. Don’t Miss Out On Yak & Yeti Restaurant — Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some amazing dining locations that guests should definitely indulge in. One of the most delicious options is the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in the Asia section of the park. This full service restaurant offers up delectable cuisine from all over Asia with options that are sure to please every guest. Since Yak & Yeti Restaurant is a favorite of many guests, Advanced Dining Reservations should be made ahead of time to ensure a table.

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3. Do FastPass Dinosaur — Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a very popular area thanks to its unique and kitschy theming with plenty of jokes and prehistoric references. The most popular attraction in the area is Dinosaur which brings guests back in time for a thrilling adventure with the dinosaurs. Dinosaur tends to attract big crowds and long wait times on busy days in Disney’s Animal Kingdom making it a great option to book a FastPass for to save some time.

2. Don’t Miss Finding Nemo – The Musical — Also found in Dinoland is the massive Theater in the Wild which is home to Finding Nemo – The Musical. This stage show brings the Pixar favorite Finding Nemo to life through familiar characters, original music, larger than life puppets, and special effects. Guests will definitely not want to miss out on this fantastic live show!

1. Don’t Race Through The Oasis — The first park of Disney’s Animal Kingdom that guests encounter is called the Oasis and is home to lush greenery and many different animal habitats. Unfortunately, many guests rush through this area in order to get to the attractions and experiences waiting further inside the park. A great way to make sure that guests don’t miss out on enjoying the Oasis is by taking their time exploring the area while on their way out of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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!