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New Backstage Magic Tour Gives an Inside Look Behind the Scenes at Rivers of Light

A new behind the scenes tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is giving a completely new look at Rivers of Light. This nighttime show is performed in Discovery River lagoon in front of Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Rivers of Light first opened in 2017.

Adventures by Disney’s Backstage Magic Tour get a unique look at this nighttime show. It includes a peek behind the curtain at how this show comes together artistically, technologically, and other magical techniques utilized in the Disney Parks entertainment. Starting in June, this tour will go behind the scenes of Rivers of Light as part of a brand new experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This is a daytime tour that is exclusive to Adventures by Disney. It will take guests backstage to a hidden marina where both animal and lotus barges will be getting prepared for the evening’s performance. The Backstage Magic guests that are a part of this tour will be among the first to see the inner workings of Rivers of Light. The tour will share some of the technological and magical secrets that make this show magical.

The tour will also include a private lunch at Tiffin’s restaurant featuring a special menu created for this tour. This will also include “insider” stories from the creation of the start. This experience will begin in June.

Backstage Magic Tours

Backstage Magic Tours are an Adventures by Disney experience led by knowledgable tour guides. They offer the experience for guests to get a look behind the scenes at what goes into creating the magic in the Disney Theme Parks. The Disney Parks Blog shared the following Back Stage Magic tours:

On the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic Tour at Walt Disney World Resort, guests explore the inner workings of The American Adventure as guides reveal the feats of engineering and artistry behind this inspiring Audio-Animatronics stage show. (Disney)

Epcot: Explore the inner workings of The American Adventure attraction as your tour facilitators reveal the feats of engineering and attention to detail behind this inspiring Audio-Animatronics stage show.

On the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic Tour, guests visit Walt Disney World Creative Costuming where they observe the talented professionals who develop, manufacture and maintain costumes for character, show and parade performers. (Disney)

Creative Costuming: Observe the talented professionals who design costumes for character, show and parade performers at Walt Disney World Resort. Spoiler alert: It’s not all needles and thread! 

On the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic Tour, guests visit Walt Disney World Central Shops where they get up close with the artisans whose skill and craftsmanship make dreams come true all around the Resort – from the tiniest details to elaborate stage sets. (Disney)

Central Shops: Explore the facility where engineers, mechanics and artisans develop and maintain all of your favorite attractions, including Audio-Animatronics, ride vehicles and elaborate stage sets. Not even the tiniest details go unnoticed here!

Magic Kingdom: Become immersed in the story that started with Walt himself as you navigate the “utilidor” tunnels, a network of underground passageways constructed beneath the theme park so Disney Cast Members can move around undetected – right beneath guests’ feet!

On the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic Tour, guests visit Walt Disney World Resort Textile Services to unfold the secrets behind one of the world’s largest laundry facilities. (Disney)

Textile Services: “Unfold” an experience like no other within one of the world’s largest laundry facilities. Yes – at Disney, even the laundry is pixie-dusted! Don’t miss your opportunity to see this fascinating facility in action, an experience only available during the Backstage Magic Tour through the end of May.  

If you would like to learn more about Backstage Magic Tours, call 407-939-8687 or contact your travel agent. For more adventures follow along Adventures by Disney on Facebook and Instagram. What do you think of this new tour? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



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