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  1. Laura
    August 15, 2019

    If you do the dining plan package with River of Lights, does that use one of your 3 FastPass selections for the day? Or can you go ahead and book 3 FastPass rides early in the day and count on that dinging package show to be still give you that special viewing area pass? Or should I only schedule 2 FastPasses because the dining package is my 3rd FastPass?

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    • Dave
      August 16, 2019

      Hi Laura, it is completely independent of your FastPass+, so you can book the usual three!

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  2. Dan
    August 1, 2019

    There’s something I was wondering..
    If you use Disney Dining Plan credits for this package, do you still get the three courses described for the Tiffins meal or just the entree, dessert, and beverage that you would normally receive with the Dining Plan?

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    • Dave
      August 2, 2019

      Dan, as I get it, if you book the package you get the package benefits. But I can’t say that with full certainty.

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  3. Jane
    May 16, 2019

    Thank you so much for this info! I had no idea they might run the show 3 times. Now I won’t worry and will set my dinners for the times people want to eat instead of worrying.

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    • Dave
      May 17, 2019

      Glad to help, Jane!

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  4. Jane
    May 16, 2019

    Hi Dave, I don’t know how to plan my evening ADR at AK around Rivers of Light. I’m going to try to get the dining package for ROL for our lunch at Tusker House, so getting the package in time isn’t the issue—I just don’t know what time to ask for dinner for so we won’t conflict with the show. I’m thinking for dinner for part of our party at Tiffins and the kids with the 3rd adult at probably Yak and Yeti, but possibly Rainforest Cafe. We’ll be at AK on Thanksgiving day. I see that ROL plays much earlier in Nov than other times, should I expect it to be 6:15? I heard that somewhere but can’t find it now. If there were a 2nd show we’d go to that but I don’t want to count on it. The adult who’s coming with me to Tiffins really prefers early dinners, around 5 ish, and I don’t think that would work at all with a 6:15 ROL. I want to be able to arrive 30 min or so prior to get the good seats. I’m thinking to push dinner late enough that we could see a 6:15 ROL and get to the dinner, maybe no earlier than 7:15. Thank you for any advice.

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    • Dave
      May 16, 2019

      Jane, last year ROL was at 6.30, 8, and 9.15 on Thanksgiving. See this.

      I would not count on three shows this year–it’s probably likely, but I would not count on it. The week after last year it was shown at 6.15 and 7.30. The shift to 6.15 was because of the earlier sunset, which would apply for this year as well, since Thanksgiving is so late.

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  5. Jane
    May 7, 2019

    Wow, I had no idea. This is a must do for me b/c we haven’t seen any of the nighttime AK stuff yet. Thanks!

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  6. Jane
    May 6, 2019

    Hi Dave, how early would we need to get in line to see Rivers of Light during a very high crowd day (probably Thanksgiving day)? I’m trying to decide if the expense of a dining package is worth it. Sticker shock b/c my two sons have become “adults” according to Disney dining since our last visit (12 and 10 yr olds). Could do Tusker House but have been there before (fantastic food though…). I definitely don’t want to miss Rivers of Light.

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    • Dave
      May 7, 2019

      Jane, Rivers of Light is being revised around Memorial Day. If the revision is a hit, then it may be trouble. If it is not, you should be fine, at least for the second show, as AK will be the least popular park that day, and ROL generally has not been well-received.

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  7. Kelly B – Destinations in Florida
    August 24, 2018

    Hi Gemma – the current viewing area for ROL – w/ dining package is on the Dinoland USA side. You’ll enter near the Finding Nemo Musical show. The seating is basically a big “U” shape split by a waterway. Dining seating is closest to the waterway. (This is the usual set-up, but can change from time to time). You’ll still want to arrive about 30-45 minutes before the show starts.

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  8. Gemma Pritchard-Woollett
    August 24, 2018

    Hi there

    We have the rol dining package for the first show. Just wanted to check where the seating is for this as there seem to be two seating areas? Not been to AK since the updates (rol, Pandora etc) and taking baby so want to make sure we’re not rushing around trying to find the right place.

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  9. Sil
    February 4, 2018

    Hello! Are there a difference in the cost of the regular lunch and the River of lights package? Thank you!

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    • Dave
      February 5, 2018

      Sil, if you are on the Disney Dining plan, no. If you are paying cash, Tusker House is aournd $5-7/person more expensive. Tiffins may or may not be more expensive, since it is a la carte.

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  10. Jaime
    February 3, 2018

    Hi,

    I have booked the ROL dining package for Tusker House. There are 2 shows that day – do I get to pick what show I go to or are tickets automatically assigned?

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    • Dave
      February 5, 2018

      Jaime, I can’t find solid information on this.

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  11. Tim
    December 29, 2017

    I see a rivers of light dining time available for 3 p.m. do I need to eat and wait for the show or can we do something else and then go to the show?

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    • Dave
      December 30, 2017

      Tim, if you do the dining package, then you just go to the special line about 30 minutes (no larter, a little earlier is OK) before the first Rivers of Light show is scheduled to start. In between continue to enjoy the rest of the park!

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  12. Catherine
    September 21, 2017

    When do you anticipate Rivers of Light shows being added to the January 2018 calendar?

    TIA!

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    • Dave
      September 22, 2017

      Hi Catherine, within a month

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