Rivers of Light Delayed and First Look at Tree of Life Nighttime Show

The Rivers of Light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom officially delayed. The planned April 22nd debut has been pushed back with a new opening date not likely until June.

Recently there have been frequent tests during the day, and presumably at night, in the lagoon where the show will take place. Everything had been seeming fine, as you can see in the photo above even the lighting effects were working well. Could this be an issue with the seating areas that seemed to be taking quite a long time to complete?

To distract you from this unfortunate news, Disney also revealed a first look at the projection show on the Tree of Life. Both of these nighttime shows should be pretty spectacular whenever they get around to starting.

‘Rivers of Light’ To Debut April 22 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

April 22nd will start a new beginning for Disney's Animal Kingdom. That will be the day 'Rivers of Light' debuts at the park and new nighttime elements of the park will begin to emerge. It's all in preparation for the 2017 launch of Pandora: The World of Avatar.

The show looks beautiful. Plenty of water screens showcase animal images while lanterns float along the river. Not a Disney character to be seen either. Sorry Anna & Elsa, this is one show Disney can't shoehorn you into. If you're as excited for this new show as I am check out this new preview video.

Is This How Disney Will Use Drones In Their Nighttime Shows?

Is This How Disney Will Use Drones In Their Nighttime Shows?

A while back Disney filed patents to implement drones into their nighttime shows. Diagrams showed drones carrying large, presumably cloth, characters that would be illuminated and appear to dance in the night sky. 

Disney has also been testing floating lanterns using drone technology. The first application of this should be in Animal Kingdom's Rivers of Light show coming this year. A video recently posted by Guinness World Records shows yet another potential application of drone technology that Disney could take advantage on in their nighttime shows.

The video shows dozens of drones flying together autonomously to create shapes, patters and changing colors. It is pretty amazing to watch. Considering this video is more of a glorified tech demo, one could only imagine what a Disney Imagineer could do with this tech. 

Drones are a very hot topic regarding safety and security. This technology could only be used when winds are mild and far away from guest areas. That leaves Animal Kingdom's rivers, Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon and even the Magic Kingdom's Seven Seas Lagoon as potential options to display such a show. Epcot has been rumored to receive a replacement to IllumiNations in the coming years, that could be our first look at this technology fully realized in the parks. Check back often to see the latest on this topic.

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Top 5 Things to Look Forward to in 2016

Top 5 Things to Look Forward to in 2016

2015 is a distant memory now. Onward and upward into 2016. Nearly every year for the foreseeable future will bring a noteworthy addition to the Orlando theme parks. Here are some good reasons to be excited to visit in 2016.

#5 Disney Springs expands
The transformation from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs wasn't an easy or a short one but the long nightmare is soon to be over. 2015 saw great additions like The Hangar Bar, Morimoto Asia and the Ganachery. 

2016 will see the opening of the Town Center area of the expansion. It will bring with it loads of new shops like Pandora, Lilly Pulitzer, Edison, Sprinkles, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza and many more. 2016 will be a great time to check out Disney Springs as most of the walls will be down and plenty of new storefronts will be open for business.

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