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New nighttime show 'Rivers of Light' confirmed to be coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by wdwmagic, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Tahu

    Tahu Well-Known Member

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    There wasn't any: Most of the show's major creatives were tied to the Lion King franchise.

    Mark Mancina worked on the Broadway Lion King as well as Brother Bear, Tarzan and Moana. Production designer Michael Curry designed puppets for Broadway Lion King, Tapestry of Nations, Jammin' Jungle and so much else. Don L Harper did music for DTV sequels to Lion King, Tarzan and Atlantis. Also National Treasure of all things.

    Who needs Cirque to do high-concept park entertainment when you can just pull from people that have already dealt with stuff relating to themes in said park?
     
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    the.dreamfinder Well-Known Member

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    I was just asking because the early publicity materials Disney released mentioned a partnership with Cirque.
    EDIT: It was from Steve
     
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  3. Jeremy Geertsema

    Jeremy Geertsema Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone know what time the theatre opens for guest?
     
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    Hi everyone! I'm Connor and I've been looking at the wdwmagic forums for a while but have never actually posted! I just wanted to add to the conversation and say that Rivers of Light just cut off seven minutes into the show and the voice came over the loudspeakers saying that the performance was cancelled which was disappointing for many guests and me (I heard many audible "ahhhhhs" in the audience).
     
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    djkidkaz Well-Known Member

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    Just an FYI, the 10pm show tonight stopped half way through and was then cancelled ( no restart ). Obviously the problems continue with this show.
     
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    Any idea what caused the cancellation? I heard of the show restarting before but has there been a cancellation?
     
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    Really disappointed. I'm an annual pass holder that planned this trip around the show. Even got a fast pass and waited to make sure I got a seat up and center. Knew that something went wrong right away. Almost like the entire park shut down, and the "house lights" came on unexpectedly. Happened when the big center boat came out. It seemed as if that's what malfunctioned.

    At least we got some complementary fast passes for it, including one for a future showing of RoL.
     
  8. djkidkaz

    djkidkaz Well-Known Member

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    As machado said, it seemed like once the large float came out something went wrong. The music just faded and then we were kicked out!
     
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    flyerjab Kaltxi Premium Member

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    So I listened to @lentesta 's Disney Dish podcast today. On the show it was stated that the RoL show will run until the end of 2020, and that a new show with Disney characters (think live action Lion King) will debut in 2021 in time for the 50th. They reported that the show is doing poorly with preschool aged children, a key demographic for the company.
     
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    Well this is depressing. Don't tell this to @prfctlyximprct
     
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  11. Tahu

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    Remember when Walt said "You're dead if you aim only for kids"?
     
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    Yeah, I'll deal with that in just under 4 years, if it even actually happens.
     
  13. Tony the Tigger

    Tony the Tigger Well-Known Member

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    As usual, I'll be the one adult who appreciates characters in these things - at Disney World.

    It may have been hard to make out on the water screen, but I'm pretty sure there was a blue tang fish (like Dory) that popped up for a moment, and that was the moment I elbowed DH because he likes Nemo & Dory, and that was the first Disney movie we watched together (at his insistence) over 10 years ago.

    If it was the cartoon version, that wouldn't have taken anything away for me. I'm at Disney World, after all.

    How many more people would have had that moment if their favorite animal characters popped up for a flash?

    That does not dumb things down; that does not only appeal to children. That does not corrupt or mar the show in any way. It's Disney World.
     
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  14. Tahu

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    Not everything at Disney World needs to be movie related memberberries
     
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    Part of me wants to believe this is a sarcastic post, but i know it's not.

    While i support change, i would hope for the general theme of the show and seriousness of the show to stay the same. ROL is a fantastic statement of what Animal Kingdom is. Any how, what do they think Preschool aged children would like? Do you know if the new show will focus mainly on characters? I would be totally fine with a live action character on screens for a second or two mixed with Disney nature footage.
     
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  16. lentesta

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    It's doing well enough for any big attraction. Still, 4th place out of 4 nighttime shows, the other 3 of which are decade+ old, is prob not what Disney hoped.

    FWIW, Bob liked it more than me. I may be comparing it more to what was promised.
     
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    I agree with the show's choice of theme. And the choice not to use characters.

    Both Bob and I commented on how we realized after RoL how much Disney uses fireworks to pep up the other shows.
     
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    I saw it with 13 others 2 weeks ago. I knew what to expect, but the others said how much they enjoyed a show without fireworks. I think every single person was surprised by that. It was noted by some that Disney had to compensate for lack of fireworks by essentially giving us non stop activity for 16 minutes. We loved it!
     
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  19. Tony the Tigger

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    And it isn't.
     
  20. brb1006

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    They could at least wait a bit longer before giving this decision. They still have time to at least update the special effects or something.
     
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