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#DisneyParksLIVE: ‘Rivers of Light’ Live Chat Set for 1:15 p.m. EST

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

UPDATE: The live chat has concluded. Click below to replay the video.

We’re happy to welcome Entertainment’s Michael Jung and Mark Renfrow to today’s #DisneyParksLIVE Chat on “Rivers of Light.” The chat will begin at 1:15 p.m. EST.

To give some background, “Rivers of Light” will be Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s first-ever night-time show and will be an experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney Park. The show will combine live performances and floating lanterns with water screens, swirling animal imagery and more. Michael and Mark are part of the Entertainment team that has worked on the project for more than two years and will be happy to answer your questions on what it’s like to build a show for a Disney Park, “Rivers of Light” theming, music, animal-inspired elements and much more.

To submit a question, please do so in the comments section below. We’ll get to as many questions as possible.


  • is this being recorded, I missed how to join in

    • Yes – please see the replay above.

  • Is a dining package needed in order to see the show?

  • Will drones be a part of this new show?

  • Should we expect to see The Tree of Life featured in this show at all?

  • What time will the show take place? Traditionally Animal Kingdom closed rather early. Will the park stay open later now?
    Thank you!!

  • Looking forward to the chat!

  • Will there be a soft opening during the week of 4/3-4/9? And if so, how to I get you my plans so you can let me know where to show up for it? 🙂 (a girl has to try)

    • We don’t have any info on openings or previews earlier than the April 22 date.

  • When is chat starting? Am I in the right place?

  • Did you draw inspiration from the world of Avatar while designing this show?

  • Any familiar Disney animal characters in the show?

  • Jennifer Fickley-Baker- how do we access this chat? will it be available later or is there a link somewhere to follow along now?

    • You can view the replay above at any time. 🙂

  • Where is the live chat?

  • No information about when Fastpass+ will become available 🙁

    • We hope to have an update on this soon, Joshua.

  • Sounds amazing, can’t wait! Thank you DPB for another great chat.

    • Thank you, Eric. We hope you enjoy the show!

  • When will fast pass be available for the show?

    • Yes, FastPass+ will be available for “Rivers of Light.” We hope to have details and dates to share soon.

  • I think you guys need to work on your live chats. It’s very robotic and scripted. No feeling or excitement.

  • When will fastpass be available for Rivers of Light. How late will the park be open? Is there going to be a dining package? How many shows will there be 1 or 2? What time will show or shows start?

  • When will I be able to get a reservation for the preshow? I will be leaving on April 23 to come home, so I have also been looking for a date that I can fast pass the show do you know when fast pass will be available?

  • Will the park hours be changing due to the new night time shows? Trip is booked for May and want to plan out the days accordingly!

  • Is there any update on the fast pass for this show?

  • When is this opening??

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