Saying Goodbye to Rivers of Light, Stitch’s Great Escape, & Primeval Whirl at Walt Disney World

Well folks, we all know changes are inevitable at Walt Disney World! As the parks cruise through the phased reopening this past week, and are on to more changes as the 50th anniversary draws near, we are now learning of three closures we can say goodbye to.


Several sources have shared that a memo went out to Disney Cast Members stating Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom, and Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom are now permanently closed.

A tweet by Scott Gustin (a regular follower of Disney Parks) states:


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Another source, AttractionsMagazine shared: “We have received confirmation from Disney that three experiences are now permanently closed at Walt Disney World Resort. The nighttime spectacular “Rivers of Light” and the Wild Mouse coaster Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom, are now officially, permanently closed.”

What are your thoughts about these three closures?

Stitch’s Great Escape at Magic Kingdom doesn’t come as a total surprise as rumors have been building that this attraction will be changed to a “Wreck-It-Ralph” theme. The attraction has been “temporarily closed” for quite some time now.

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We feel like Rivers of Light just got on it’s feet but never seemed to be a true crowd favorite. With the limited capacity and social distancing currently taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this form of nighttime entertainment would be hard to hold with a large crowd gathering.

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The one we are personally saddest about is Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We love this awkwardly fun attraction!

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about these experience and what may be replacing them in the future.

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.