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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Mar. 6, 2016

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This week, we shared several big updates here at Disney Parks, including the official announcement that Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s first-ever night-time show, “Rivers of Light,” will officially debut at the park on April 22.

The show, set on Discovery River in the Asia section of the park, will depict an ancient lantern festival guided by two storytellers who call forth four animal Spirit Guides: an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, African Elephant and Great Horned Owl. Check out our original story for more details and join us on Tuesday for a special live chat about the show.


We’re hosting a #DisneyParksLIVE chat here on the Disney Parks Blog on Tuesday, March 8 at 1:15 p.m. EST with two of the show’s creative team members, Michael Jung and Mark Renfrow.

This weekend, we’re taking questions in the comments section of our original story (and will continue to do so through live chat time on Tuesday). We’ll get to as many questions as possible during the chat, so please ask away.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Remembering Disney Legend Jack Lindquist – He started his career as Disneyland’s first advertising manager, and later served as the park’s first president, a role he always referred to as ‘the best job in the world.’ He made sure Disneyland was the Happiest Place on Earth for each guest who walked through the gates, setting the standard for every leader that followed.

Disney Parks Cast Members Around the World Share Their Ears – The response has been incredible to our call to #ShareYourEars and benefit Make-A-Wish! Around the globe, people have posted their favorite and creative photos to social media to help make wishes come true.

Preview Scenes from Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ at Disney Parks Starting March 18 – Beginning March 18, guests visiting Disney Parks will be able to catch a preview of scenes from Disney’s all-new live-action adventure “The Jungle Book” in sneak peeks planned for Disney California Adventure park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Applaud ‘Zootopia’ At Meet-Up – In addition to seeing the film and competing in some Disney trivia, our attendees were happily surprised with the opportunity to meet Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, the two lead characters from the film, in an exclusive meet and greet.

Reservations Open Today for New ‘World of Color’ Dessert Party at Disney California Adventure Park – Experience a delicious new way to watch “World of Color” — the perfect way to end a magical day at Disney California Adventure park. Beginning March 17, 2016, Paradise Park will host nightly sparkling dessert parties with reserved seating and a spectacular view of “World of Color – Celebrate!”

Premium Experiences Coming for Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort – In just one month, Disney California Adventure park will be transforming for the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, taking place weekends during the month of April.

Disney Parks After Dark: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Lights Up – We’re happy to share this week’s “After Dark” image, snapped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, by Disney Photographer David Roark.

#DisneyFamilia: Unforgettable Vacation at Walt Disney World Resort! – Joscelyn, the mami behind, recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with her multi-generational family and had magical vacation. Here’s a glimpse into Joscelyn’s trip!