Animal Kingdom to introduce other nighttime festivities on April 22 along with “Rivers of Light”

Animal Kingdom to introduce other nighttime festivities on April 22 along with "Rivers of Light"

The iconic Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom will undergo an amazing awakening starting spring 2016 as the animal spirits of the tree are brought to "light" at night by magical fireflies, revealing moments of wonder and enchantment. Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Parks)

Walt Disney World announced today that the park will be debuting “Rivers of Light” nighttime spectacular at Animal Kingdom on Earth Day, April 22.

That is not the only thing coming to Animal Kingdom.  The park will also be offering other nighttime festivities for guests to enjoy throughout the park.  These include:

  • The Tree of Life Awakens – Nearby on Discovery Island the area will come alive each night with a celebration filled with music and dance. 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 open a window into the body of the tree, revealing colorful stories of wonder and enchantment.
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti/Discovery Island Carnivale – 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 local street musicians and entertainers, partake in exotic foods and libations and explore the diverse wares of village artisans and merchants. And the new Discovery Island Carnivale will captivate guests with lively music, spirited dance, vibrant costumes, and tasty culinary creations, spreading from one end of the island to the other.
  • Tiffins Signature Restaurant – In addition to the masterful new entertainment offerings beginning this summer, guests will enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest 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. “Tiffin” is an Indian English word meaning midday meal or type of container used to carry food while traveling.

And of course, to wrap up all of the nighttime fun that Animal Kingdom is offering, “Pandora – The World of Avatar” will be making its debut in 2017.

Which new nighttime festivity are you looking forward to at Animal Kingdom?

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