All Live Actors Are Being Cut from Animal Kingdom’s Rivers of Light Nighttime Show

The 4 “shaman” characters that have been a part of the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular since it debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are being cut from the show.

The shaman of light in Rivers of Light, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The live actors will be removed from the show after September 29th, this year’s last day for many pieces of entertainment around Walt Disney World that are being hit with budgetary cuts before the start of the new fiscal year. The two boats the actors were on should still travel out onto the water during the performance, but it will be strange to see them without anybody visibly on them.

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John Turner
John Turner
3 years ago

If the Imagineers can make these possible, ( https://www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/the-evolution-of-the-acrobat-robot-disney-imagineers-unveil-stuntronics/ ), my guess is that there will still be characters on the boats, they will just be animatronic ones who don’t need to worry about being injured or feeding their families.

Fred
Fred
3 years ago

Given their interactions with the crowd beforehand and how much the story of the show is about them, that’s going to be a very weird show without any actors.

Deb
Deb
3 years ago
Reply to  Fred

Totally agree! The show will not make sense! I love the Shaman and why would the boats be there without them? Not a fan of this decision! 😢

John
John
3 years ago
Reply to  Fred

As is typical of Disney, they produce some product/content for consumption and then diminish that product/content over time. Usually, that happens with an inverse cost relationship, i. e. they reduce the benefit and increase the price. Feel lucky that there is no price increase in this instance. As much as I have loved Disney through the years, I’m tired of this behavior and will vote against it the only way I can. I will stop consuming all Disney products. As more people do the same, Disney will discover that they have murdered their Golden Goose. Their actions prove that they… Read more »

Maria
Maria
3 years ago
Reply to  John

Well put. And I agree wholeheartedly. It’s sad; I feel like Disney is cutting more and more of the “extras” that make their parks so unique, while simultaneously adding more amd more “special ticketed” events which of course cost above and beyond gate admission. :(

Fred
Fred
3 years ago
Reply to  John

To be fair, they’re making billions, yes, but they’re spending more billions than they’re making at the moment. Between the costs of finishing multiple new parks, renovating every one of their parks at the moment, adding multiple billion-plus-dollar expansions, adding new hotels, overhauling the transportation system, purchasing FOX, and developing a new streaming service with movie-level new content… they’re investing massively right now, more than they have in a very long time. So I can understand why the budgets are tight. But feel free to try to boycott “all Disney products”.

Sulley
Sulley
3 years ago
Reply to  John

Bye Felicia.

Michelle Troiano
Michelle Troiano
3 years ago

I’m finding it odd that since Disney lost the fight over pay, and Cast Members were given the pay raises… Many cast members and Shows are being removed, let go or all together ended.. All of these losses are coming on the heels of that union win.. things that make one go hmmmm🤔

steven w
steven w
3 years ago

Disney seems determined to squeeze every nickel it can out of the parks, especially WDW, in order to support other projects–71 billion for FOX alone. The disappearance of any night time parade at Magic Kingdom with no plans for a replacement was the first hint Disney felt cutting back on people was the fastest way to save on expenses and pump up the bottom line. But profits and attendance is up overall: Attendance up only 1%, but Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 6% to $5.2 billion. There doesn’t seem to be any hint that guests have noticed… Read more »

Randy
Randy
3 years ago

Disney is s business. A family is a business. The USA is a business. Everything needs to pencil and cuts are necessary for a business to stay healthy and survive. That stated, the actors in the show were really cool I thought. Great costumes.

Sulley
Sulley
3 years ago

Can they go ahead and cut the whole show?

Brenda
Brenda
3 years ago

Seriously?? What’s next Disney?? Parade floats without characters???

Adam
Adam
3 years ago
Reply to  Brenda

No parades. That’s what’s next. Parades don’t make money and disrupt people form going in the stores. Truth.

tvnutt
tvnutt
3 years ago

Disney hasn’t been the same since Eisner became head honcho. They cry poverty at the parks so why are they focusing on buying FOX and Marvel and Star Wars? Obviously the company needs to make huge investments but if they just focused on the parks like in the early 80s, I think things would be better. Again, just my opinion. They are getting too greedy and destroying Walt’s original vision. They can’t OWN everything.

Elizabeth Bass
Elizabeth Bass
3 years ago

Such a stupid and selfish decesion. The show will have no human touch now and wasnt that great to begin with and so it will not be worth it at all now. The actors made the show and now it will just be souless… idiots!

Steve A
Steve A
3 years ago

LOL, A big spotlight is going to go on the empty boats. Causing spectators just to stare at each other.

This should have been “World of Color” animal edition all along. I don’t know why they just don’t transition over to it. I guess they are just being cheap again.

C
C
3 years ago
Reply to  Steve A

I think people look around in confusion anyway. “we got a dining package for THIS?”

David
David
3 years ago

Hmmm, wondering if animateonics will be used?? In place of live actors