Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light (Animal Kingdom) to Debut Feb. 17

“Rivers of Light,” the newest nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, will officially debut on Feb 17, 2017.  According to Disney, "This new show has live performers, a soaring musical score, grand theatrical imagery and innovative water special effects that celebrate the relationship between animals and nature. "Rivers of Light" comes to life on select nights after dark on the Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest."

Rivers of Light, a nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom park / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida. 

Disney also announced that, "starting immediately, you can book "Rivers of Light" Dining Packages at Tiffins and Tusker House Restaurants. Similar to the popular “Fantasmic!” Dining Packages at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the “Rivers of Light” Dining Package includes reserved seating at the new show. At all-you-care-to-eat Tusker House, you can choose the breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet on the day of the show (but you will have to dine at least 2 ½ hours before the show). Breakfast is $37, $23 ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity; lunch and dinner, $49, $30 ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity. Tusker House Restaurant is on the Disney Dining Plan and counts as one table-service meal.

At Tiffins, “Rivers of Light” Dining Packages are available at both lunch and dinner. You can choose an appetizer, entrée, dessert plus a non-alcoholic beverage. Dining must take place at least two and a half hours prior to showtime. Cost is $67, $32 ages 3 to 9 plus tax and gratuity. Tiffins accepts the Disney Dining Plan, and counts as two table-service meal entitlements."

As of this morning, dining packages were available for dates through June 30, 2017.  Book through your  MyDisneyExperience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  Glitches and technical issues are common whenever Disney introduces anything new so try again or call Disney if you're having trouble.

Elephants and tiger floats from the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. 

Elephants and tiger floats from the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. 

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Disney's Dark Side - Flame Tree Barbecue

Since this is Halloween week, I thought it would be fun to point out an example of Disney's darker sense of humor as seen on the Flame Tree Barbecue sign.  

All about the predator/prey theme at Flame Tree Barbecue in the Animal Kingdom park at Disney World.  

At first glance, it seems looks like a bright and colorful sign featuring lots of animals, which makes sense given that this is Disney's Animal Kingdom park.  But did you notice that there is a predator/prey theme through out the whole sign?   We'll start at the bottom, which has a cute little turtle eating a bird.   On the turtle's back, is a small animal being eaten by snake but the snake is also getting bitten by a bug.   On either side of the menu are two rabbits that are carried off by an owl.  Finally, at the top of the sign is a fish being eaten by an alligator.  

The theme continues when you and I are the predators who consume the yummy food offered at this quick-service restaurant featuring St. Louis style ribs, turkey legs, pulled pork and smoked turkey sandwiches, and chicken.    The tables are all outdoors and some overlook the lake in the center of the Animal Kingdom.   Once, I snagged a great table near the lake and was delighted to notice a little alligator (pictured below) watching us eat our lunch from the water.   Maybe they need to change the top of their sign so that the alligator is eating a tourist who is eating a barbecue ribs and chicken combo!  (This is a good spot to start singing"The Circle of Life" song from the Lion King). 

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Little alligator watching us eat our lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney's Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Little alligator watching us eat our lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney's Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.