Sunset at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Sep 24, 2018
    Maria from SC Asked

    Do you really get better or closer seating by using a FastPass+ for Rivers of Light? Not sure whether we would be wasting that FastPass.

    Hi Maria!

    I absolutely understand why you're asking this question. With FastPass+, Guests are allowed to reserve specific time slots in advance for up to three attractions per day. Even better, you can make bonus same-day reservations one-at-a-time once you've enjoyed all previous reservations. So by scheduling an Evening Fireworks or Nighttime Spectacular in advance, which usually happen just before or right as a park closes, you'll be unable to make any bonus FastPass+ reservations for that specific Disney Day.

    Rivers of Light is a visually stunning show that I do think every Disney fan should experience. But this is a tough call. Zoom in on this map of the Rivers of Light seating area. There are three seating sections, two of which are reserved for FastPass+ and Dining Events. All three seating areas will open about 45 minutes before the program. But, with a FastPass+ reservation you technically could enjoy Disney's Animal Kingdom right up until the show starts and will still be allowed into this section. You might be in the back row, but at least you'll have a seat. (I did this in May, and even the back row offers a great view.)

    If you do not make a reservation, you will need to enter the stand-by seating section as soon as it opens as it fills very quickly. Guests even wait near the entrance to this section up to 90 minutes before it opens to ensure they can get in.

    If it were me, I would book a Rivers of Light Dining Package or Dessert Party, which would free up my FastPass+ reservations for the day. Or, I would schedule my first three FP+ attractions for earlier in the day, and then try to get a same-day reservation for Rivers of Light as my fourth selection.

    I hope this helped, Maria, and We'll See You Real Soon!
    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a toddler mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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