‘Rivers of Light’ Debuts April 22 at Disney World; ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘Frozen’ and More Updates in 2016

Rivers of Light Concept ArtAn unbeatable lineup of blockbuster attractions will debut at Walt Disney World Resort this year starting with the April 4 launch of a new live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On Earth Day, April 22, a sweeping immersive, animal-themed theatrical production, ‘Rivers of Light,’ will premiere as the first-ever nightly show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Disney’s ‘Rivers of Light’ Additional Show Details; Opening Spring 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light Concept ArtCalling for ‘contemporary and Bollywood’ dancers, Disney Parks and Resorts today unveiled additional details about its upcoming night-time spectacular, ‘Rivers of Light,’ coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort next year.

Choreographed by Ulka Simone Mohanty, these ‘silent narrators orchestrate all the action to convey the spirit of an ancient and timeless celebration.’ The event begins with the arrival of a pair of Shamans, two complementary forces who come to the river bearing gifts of light. Along with their Acolytes, or assistants, the Shamans set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels, engaging in a dramatic dance of water and light to summon the animal spirits.

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PHOTO: Disney Previews Na’vi Character at Avatarland Groundbreaking (Hi-Res)

Avatarland Groundbreaking at Walt Disney World (David Roark/Disney) Using Na’vi-inspired shovels and assisted by a Na’vi, (left to right) George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; a Na’vi; Jon Landau, Avatar Producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, pose Jan. 8, 2014 during the ceremonial groundbreaking of an Avatar-inspired land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Photo: Carrie Underwood Meets Real ‘All American Girl’ — Er, Mouse

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher with Minnie Mouse (Gene Duncan/Disney)In a photo taken July 24, 2012, five-time Grammy Award-winning singer Carrie Underwood and her husband, NHL Nashville Predators star Mike Fisher, pose with Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Underwood and Fisher took a vacation with friends to Walt Disney World Resort before she continues preparation for her upcoming concert tour of North America, ‘The Blown Away Tour,’ in support of her latest number one album, ‘Blown Away.’

Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Gerenuk Calf to Herd

Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently welcomed its 28th gerenuk calf weighing in at eight pounds and approximately 1 ¾ feet tall, after a seven-month gestation.

The female calf, named Squirt, was born November 25 to her five-year-old mother Sushaunna, and nine-year-old father Jingle. This latest birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Gerenuk Population Management Plan.

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