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Animal Kingdom Hosts Harambe Nights this Summer

Rivers of Light

Visitors to the Animal Kingdom have an all-new entertainment experience to look forward to this summer and in years to come. Rivers of Light and Harambe Nights create new ways to play at the wildest park at Disney World Orlando.

A brand new nighttime spectacular on Discovery River, Rivers of Light will light up the night and be one of the most unique after-hours Disney events. The innovative show is set to be unlike anything guests have experienced before. It combines live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The natural stage of Discovery River allows the show to come to life and serve as a beautiful backdrop the show. Not start date for the show has been announced yet, but it will most likely debut in 2015 as part of the Pandora: The Land of Avatar expansion.

Harambe Nights

For park-goers looking for additional entertainment for summer 2014, Harambe Nights is Animal Kingdom’s first-ever ticketed special event. Every Saturday from June 7 through August 9, guests are invited to experience engaging storytelling, dining, dance and live music, and a street party. An evening at Harambe Nights beings in Harambe Village, where appetizers, beer and wine will be served. From there, guests will be ushered in to the brand new Harambe Theater where they are transported to the African savanna via scenic sets and magical displays. The show – “The Lion King Concert in the Wild” – is a 55 minute show filled with humor and snippets from the classic Disney move The Lion King. Adding to the dynamic of the show is a celebrity narrator, who is backed by a live orchestra and troupe if singers and dancers. Together, they create the drama of an African story circle.

Celebrity narrators scheduled to appear during Harambe Nights:

  • June 7 – Viola Davis: “The Help,” “Ender’s Game”
  • June 14 – (To be announced)
  • June 21 – Montego Glover: “The Following,” “Memphis”
  • June 28 – David Alan Grier: “Porgy & Bess,” “In Living Color”
  • July 5 – Michael Beach: “ER,” “Third Watch,” “Sons of Anarchy”
  • July 12 – Harry Lennix: “The Blacklist,” “The Five Heartbeats”
  • July 19 – Joe Morton: “Scandal,” “American Gangster,” “The Good Wife”
  • July 26 – Alfre Woodard: “Desperate Housewives,” “Miss Evers Boys”
  • Aug. 2 – Brian Stokes Mitchell: “Ragtime,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “Glee”
  • Aug. 9 – Patina Miller: “Pippin,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

After the show, the fun continues in Harambe Village. Live music, dancers, costumed stilt-performers, popular characters from The Lion King film and an energetic street party keep the festival going. A variety of buffet stations will be set up too, so you can dine on African culinary treats as well as a selection of beer, wine and specialty drinks.

Sound like fun? General admission tickets run $119 for ages 10 and up; $79 for ages 9 and under. If you’d like premium floor seating for the show, tickets run $134 for ages 10 and up; $94 for ages 9 and under.

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