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Disney’s Animal Kingdom park nighttime details revealed by Walt Disney World

in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Extended hours and an expansive array of new enhanced entertainment options await guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, as detailed today at Disney’s Awaken Summer media event being held at Walt Disney World.

Guests will be able to enjoy “Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, rollicking aboard rafts on Kali River Rapids at twilight or dancing alongside African performers in Harambe.”

Though the Rivers of Light nighttime show has been delayed indefinitely, there will still be plenty to offer guests soon including new dining options such as the Tiffins signature restaurant.

Among the highlights planned:

  • The Tree of Life Awakens – The theme park’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo extraordinary “awakenings” throughout the evening as the animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. High-tech projections of nature scenes take on a magical quality as they appear to dramatically emanate from within the Tree of Life.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris after Dark – Each evening, the popular Kilimanjaro Safaris daytime experience is artfully bathed in the glow of sunset with special lighting allowing guests to explore this attraction well into the night. During the expedition, guests can now encounter the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune in to the unique vocalization of the animals. Plus, there are two new species to discover: African wild dogs and hyenas.
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti – When the sun sets, the popular Village of Harambe will become a hot spot with the new Harambe Wildlife Parti. Here, “party animals” can dance alongside a variety of entertainers and local street musicians, and enjoy the lively rhythms of African music. Guests can also partake in exotic foods and libations, and explore the diverse wares of village artisans and merchants in the vibrant marketplace.
  • Discovery Island Carnivale – The spirited community of Discovery Island has come together to celebrate their love of the natural world with the Discovery Island Carnivale. This nightly experience will captivate guests with lively music, jubilant dance, vibrant costumes, stilt walkers and tasty culinary creations — winding from one end of the island to the other.
  • Tiffins Signature Restaurant – In addition to the diverse new entertainment offerings, guests will enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s new signature eatery, Tiffins. Open for both lunch and dinner, this new signature dining experience will celebrate the art of traveling and include waterfront views from both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
  • New Adventures with Favorite Attractions – Most attractions remain open at nightfall, and will shine like never before. At sundown, Kali River Rapids will reveal more mysterious twists and turns throughout the rainforest with dramatic and drenching fun. Expedition Everest thrills adventurers as it lurches forward and backward through the icy peaks of the Himalayas. But at night, the majestic mountain challenges trekkers to an evening ride revealing breathtaking views of the Animal Kingdom canopied by starlight. Amidst the colorful midway games at Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama in DinoLand U.S.A., the thrills turn up aboard the zany Triceratop Spin or Primeval Whirl under the lights.
  • More Magic to Come with “Rivers of Light” –  The nighttime will grow even more magical with the premiere of the majestic nighttime jewel, “Rivers of Light.” This illuminating musical experience – currently in development with a premiere date to be announced soon – will celebrate the magic of animals, humans and the natural world with a blend of performers, floating lanterns and theatrical animal imagery.

Keep it here on Inside the Magic for continued coverage of all the new announcements coming from Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World.

4 Comments

  1. Christian Blanc

    When is ‘soon’? Is there any indication??

    1. Jen

      I was just there on Sunday and, at least, for the River of Lights show… they don’t know. It was supposed to open last week but is now delayed and from what the cast member we spoke to said, it may be middle of May or later before it opens.

      1. Christian Blanc

        I was talking more about the other stuff, I wasn’t expecting the ROL show before late summer

  2. Reagan

    When will the FP be available for these rides? The hours have not changed on the Disney website.

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