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“Rivers of Light: We are One” and “The Lion King” Tree of Life Awakenings Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Photos, Video)

Hi everyone!

A few days ago, Rivers of Light: We are One and a new Tree of Life Awakenings segment based on “The Lion King” debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here are photos and video from both, along with information about each.

Rivers of Light: We Are One is the new version of the show, and the Disney Parks Blog says of the show that it “introduces additional, stunning imagery and familiar characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation”. The music has changed too.

Here is our video and some photos.

Familiar floating lotus flowers and animals are back.

A tiger is reflected in the water.

And two elephants.

The water screens have never been very good here, they don’t tend to fully connect (and this was not a windy day at all). That middle area is where the action should take place, and it is hard to see much. World of Color at Disney California Adventure offers a great show with water screens, these should be reworked for better viewing. You will see in the video that the boats have screens so it can help to know what is on the water screens.

One of my favorite parts passed quickly, with rainbow colors.

One last look at Rivers of Light: We Are One. The music is fine, but there is a lot of room for improvement in the show.

On the other hand, I really enjoy Tree of Life Awakenings and the segment based on “The Lion King” is very vibrant. The schedule says that this ends at 10:00 p.m., but this segment was the last one I think and it ended at 10:20 p.m.

Here is our video:

Disney says of this segment, From Memorial Day through September 30, experience the wonder as an original musical score and mystical images—featuring animals and themes inspired by The Lion King—take you on a sublime journey.

Here are some more photos.

Characters from The Lion King can be seen as well.

If you are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park this summer, I recommend stopping for it. It wasn’t the only segment being shown, so you may have to wait for a bit.

Here is one last photo, close up.

I enjoyed Tree of Life Awakenings, “The Lion King” version. Rivers of Light: We Are One not as much. If you have time, certainly see both as your opinion may vary. If your summer trip is short, I recommend catching Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot one last time as it ends on September 30th, 2019.