After a pretty significant delay, Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom is now in "Soft Open" mode. The new show is about 15 minutes long and hasn't really had a whole lot of changes from it's previews last year.
Below we've got a full video of the new show as well as some pictures. Enjoy!!
Written by Renée Girard
Video by Christopher Moghtaderi
Surprise visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom tonight! Can you guess why?
Rivers of Light begins previews tonight. Show time in 15 minutes!
Rivers of Light merchandise available at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Flowers float along the water. It's almost time!
Like every other site that tried to upload our video to YouTube we were hit with a copyright notice due to the music.
But because we aren't just about "views" we upgraded the site last year in case of situations like this (which are likely to become more commonplace). So we now have the ability to embed HD videos, so enjoy!!
That means you have to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven't yet. ;)
Rivers of Light is now shorter than an earlier preview we saw of it. It's a beautiful show and a lovely fit for DAK.
Glad to see that Rivers of Light has a more prominent finale now. The technology used in this show is amazing to see.
Thanks again to both Renee and Chris for the awesome preview of the newest Disney show.
We hope you enjoyed it, and if so, please share!!
One of the biggest benefits of the wetter than normal winter we are having here in Southern California has been a few days of traditional "off-season" days at Disneyland. Those of us who have been visitors of the parks for a lot of years remember being able to go and enjoy a near empty park, just check out the pictures below.
We'll also share some pictures of the great Lunar New Year and the recent security changes at the park.
Written by Christopher Moghtaderi
Disney has beefed up security and has managed to clean up the congestion that park goers have been encountering around the entrances.
The checkpoint off of Harbor has not changed so there is no update but you will notice some major changes as seen below.
The checkpoint that used to be between the tram drop off and the ticket booths have been moved entirely. If you are coming from the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure, you will encounter the checkpoint prior to boarding the tram in what used to be the employee parking lot just outside of the parking structure.
If you are coming from The Disneyland or Paradise Pier hotels, you will encounter a checkpoint prior to entering Downtown Disney by the Earl of Sandwich (picture 3). Another has been added by the Downtown Disney Parking Lot by ESPN Zone (picture 4). Finally, another by the entrance from the Grand Californian into Downtown Disney (picture 5).
These changes have allowed entry into the park from the east side to be a much simpler and quicker process. Aside from the relocation of these checkpoints, the additional metal detectors keep things moving much quicker.
We had the benefit of attending the park on two of the wettest days in the park. Below are some of the pictures that show a ghost town (for Disneyland) of a park.
What once used to be stroller central, has now become a clear view to the Carrousel.
While there are still people walking down main street and Frontierland.
When was the last time it’s been that empty?
Dole Whip stand on Monday. NO LINE?
Lunar New Year
Disney’s California Adventure gets a bit of an Epcot festival flair with the addition of stands and decorations for Lunar New Year. With daily shows featuring the Acrobats of China, Dat Nguyen, or Jie Ma, guests get an opportunity to experience Asian Culture through these free performances.
Disney added a few food stands that provide guests the chance to taste some wonderful Asian Cuisine. If you like Bananas, be sure to try the Banana Milk at the Korean Food Stand. The Garden Grill gets an updated menu for the event including desserts.
List Of Events highlights many of the events that take place throughout the park.
Additional things to look for is the Complimentary Face Painting, the opportunity to hang a wish, Calligraphy Demonstrations, and the chance to Meet Mickey and Minnie in Traditional Outfits.
Even the Disney Vacation Club Booth gets a color makeover for the event.
Thanks again to Chris for the awesome Disneyland pics. Hopefully more Disneyland updates will happen soon as well as some Star Wars Land updates.
With a new year comes all of the great events at parks across the county. It seems that special events have become the norm and for most parks they go far beyond the historical timeframe of Halloween and Christmas.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at EPCOT which is not only host to the fabulous Flower and Garden and Food and Wine festivals, but now the awesome looking Festival of the Arts. Let's take a look!!
Written by Renée Girard
(Click on any of the pictures below to see a larger version)
Today is the first day of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!
Figment is one of my favorite characters, and he seems to be a big part of this festival. I love it already!
I even got my Figment's Brush with the Master's scavenger hunt map. Wish me luck!
Before searching for Figment, I'll stop by the Festival Showplace at the Odyssey.
You can check out some great Disney artwork by Mary Blair and Herbert Ryman at the Festival Showplace.
There are also different seminars offered a few times a day. Keep in mind that the Festival is only on weekends (Fri-Mon).
And you can get some delicious food and drinks, too! At the Painter's Palate.
Here is the food offered at Painter's Palate, including the detail on the Mary Blair chocolate.
I went with the margherita flatbread and 3 Daughters strawberry blonde nitro beer. Both are excellent!
There are some "living statues" by the fountain in Future World.
In this interactive wall mural, guests are given paint and can paint their own 5 squares.
Here's my contribution to the mural, using the color Fashion Flame. Can't wait to see the finished product!
There are several pop up art booths all around the World Showcase at Epcot.
Some of the booths have artists there signing as well. Kristin Tercek does great pieces for Disney.
Hoping to get into the Disney on Broadway concert. The standby line stretches back to Germany!
So excited! I saw @ashleybrown9 in Mary Poppins and Beauty & the Beast and @Joshuajstrick in Tarzan on Broadway!
Absolutely loved Disney on Broadway concert! Ashley Brown & Josh Strickland are incredible!
I'm definitely a fan of all of the Figment themed merchandise at the festival.
I like how artwork has been added to character meet and greets.
I almost forgot about my Figment scavenger hunt! Here is one, and its location is spoiler-free if you're also participating.
They weren't joking when they said jumbo chocolate chip cookie!
I was more about the art than the food this visit, but here is some of what's offered.
Some of the items at Pop Eats look interesting. Might have to try that next time!
And a few more menus from around the festival. Some are a bit pricey but I'm sure they're all very good!
The workshops in Japan look fun! Something else I'll need to add to the list for my next visit.
The specialty drinks at the coffee kiosks also look yummy
I completed the Figment scavenger hunt and claimed my prize, one of four different magnets.
Really loved Festival of the Arts at Epcot! Great addition to the park. We'll definitely be back, especially for the concerts!