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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Rivers of Light Nighttime Show Testing During Animal Kingdom Park Hours

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While visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom yesterday, I was surprised to see that the viewing area for Rivers of Light was open for guests to explore, perhaps offering a seating area for some nearby eateries.

Ae we explored, we noticed that techs for the show were out and turning things on.


After playing with the two boats for a while, things went quiet, so we left.

As evening fell, it was clear that the animal lantern barges had been rolled out, but they were not illuminated yet.

However, once 7:30PM hit and the park closed, the boat and two of the animal lanterns illuminated.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the show will debut soon, but it is a pretty decent sign at least.

We also have a video of the test to share with you:

So, what do you think?

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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