• On Oct 16, 2016
    Eean from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are planning our next WDW trip for August 2017. Just curious if the Rivers of Light will be done by then? Could you also explain all the new night time activities at Animal Kingdom?

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Eean!

    While there is no word yet on the date that Rivers of Light, in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, will
    officially open, I certainly hope that you'll be able to enjoy what's sure to be a spectacular show during your upcoming trip!

    On a recent family visit to Walt Disney World, we made sure to see Disney's Animal Kingdom Park at Night and wow, what a difference! Tree of Life Awakenings are magical, with images of animal spirits dancing every ten minutes or so on the already-gorgeous tree. Do not miss a sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris because animals seem refreshed at that time of day; we really loved all that we got to see! Finally, experience Expedition Everest once the sun goes down. This attraction takes on an entirely different tone when they turn out the lights!

    Add to that Discovery Island Carnivale, Kali River Rapids in the dark and an evening dining reservation at Tiffins or a snack and a drink at Nomad Lounge, and you have a recipe for one unforgettable Animal Kingdom evening. You will love it!

    Send more questions as you plan, Eean; we love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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