Nightfall brings more mystery and brilliance to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort as meeting and event attendees discover rich new experiences under the stars. Whether riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, rollicking aboard rafts on Kali River Rapids at twilight, or dancing alongside African performers in Harambe, attendees can enjoy the park’s captivating new vibe and tone after a busy day of meetings. Scheduled to begin Memorial Day Weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will expand its offerings with extended hours and enhanced entertainment.

The Tree of Life Awakens

The theme park’s iconic Tree of Life will undergo extraordinary “awakenings” throughout the evening as the animal spirits are brought to life by magical fireflies that reveal colorful stories of wonder and enchantment. High-tech projections of nature scenes take on a magical quality as they appear to dramatically emanate from within the Tree of Life.

Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark

Each evening, the popular Kilimanjaro Safaris daytime experience is artfully bathed in the glow of sunset with special lighting allowing attendees to explore this attraction well into the night. During the expedition, attendees can now encounter the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune in to the unique vocalization of the animals. Plus, there are two new species to discover: African wild dogs and hyenas.

Live Entertainment for the “Party Animals”

Two new live entertainment shows will premiere at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer. When the sun sets, the popular Village of Harambe will become a hot spot with the new Harambe Wildlife Parti. Attendees can dance alongside a variety of entertainers and local street musicians, and enjoy the lively rhythms of African music. Attendees can also partake in exotic foods and libations, and explore the diverse wares of village artisans and merchants in the vibrant marketplace. At Discovery Island, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate their love of the natural world with theDiscovery Island Carnivale. This nightly experience will captivate attendees with lively music, jubilant dance, vibrant costumes, stilt walkers and tasty culinary creations — winding from one end of the island to the other.

Tiffins Signature Restaurant

In addition to the diverse new entertainment offerings, attendees can also enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s new signature eatery, Tiffins. Open for both lunch and dinner, this new signature dining experience will celebrate the art of traveling and include waterfront views from both indoor and outdoor seating areas. “Tiffin” is an Indian English word meaning midday meal or type of container used to carry food while traveling.

New Adventures with Favorite Attractions

Most attractions remain open at nightfall, and will shine like never before. At sundown, Kali River Rapids will reveal mysterious twists and turns throughout the rainforest with dramatic and drenching fun. Expedition Everest thrills adventurers as it lurches forward and backward through the icy peaks of the Himalayas. At night, the majestic mountain challenges trekkers to an evening ride revealing breathtaking views of the Animal Kingdom.

More Magic to Come with “Rivers of Light”

The nighttime will grow even more magical with the premiere of the majestic nighttime jewel, “Rivers of Light.” This illuminating musical experience – currently in development with a premiere date to be announced soon – will celebrate the magic of animals, humans and the natural world with a blend of performers, floating lanterns and theatrical animal imagery.  The Disney creative team collaborated with the award-winning filmmakers at Disneynature to bring never-before-seen footage, telling dramatic and compelling stories from the animal world to the show.

Give attendees access to the vast new nocturnal experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with specially priced Theme Park tickets. Available exclusively for meeting and convention attendees, these tickets serve as the perfect option to experience all that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has to offer, after a busy day of meetings. Best of all, attendees staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can utilize the complimentary transportation available to and from the theme park.

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