Weekly Reflective Journal #9

As everyone knows, Disney World has four theme parks. Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom which is the park where I work. All the other three parks have a night show such as Fireworks and projection shows. Disney Hollywood Studios has Fantasmic and the new firework show called a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Magic Kingdom has Wishes night time spectacular, and Epcot presents Illuminations, reflections on earth. However the only park that doesn’t have night time show is Animal Kingdom, because fireworks would disturb the animals. And usually the park closes before sunset. Disney has been working on how to bring some night show to Animal Kingdom, so they came up with Rivers of Light. A projection show in the river, it will bring light to the night with lanterns. The tree located in Discovery Island will also come to life. And the Safari will run after the sun is down as well. The debut day was supposed to be on earth day April 22nd, however they pushed the day to the summer. Disney has announced to give us some updates in Mid May.

At first, I was very excited to have a night time show at Animal Kingdom. Cast members get cast previews of the new shows before everyone else. This is mostly for product knowledge to explain the guest more in detail of what to expect. And secondly because cast members can give feedback of the show and improve it before opening it to the public. With the night time show, Animal Kingdom is extending their hours. Therefore Vacation Planners will be working later hours as well.

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