The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is a temporary nighttime show featuring music, dancing and water effects along Discovery River.
The show promises to celebrate the emotion and heart of the live action version of The Jungle Book that debuted in theaters in April 2016. The show is intended to be temporary as technical issues delayed the expected opening of Rivers of Light, the long planned nighttime show for Disney's Animal Kingdom. The show features a significant Indian influence in the music and choreography of the show.
The show begins with soft music as barges move performers into position. Performers move deliberately to the music onto stationary barges and other stages set up near the viewing area.. Light drumming begins and the performers continue to dance on the multiple platforms.
A mist screen emerges behind the stages showing the name of the show on a storybook. The voice of Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) can be heard:
Many strange tales are told in this Jungle, but none so strange as the tale of the cub we call Mowgli
Then the voice of Akela (Giancarlo Esposito) calls for the law of the jungle:
Let me hear the law
In unison, the performers answer back:
This is the Law of the Jungle.
As old and as true as the sky
The Wolf that keeps it may prosper,
But the Wolf that breaks it will die.
Like the creeper that burrows the tree-trunk,
The Law runneth over and back.
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
And the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
The performers are illuminated after reciting the law and then a dramatic change in the lighting takes place. The tiger Shere Khan (Idris Alba) can be heard condemning the presence of the "man cub" as the image of Shere Khan appears on the mist screen.
A few of the emotional lines between Mowgli and the wolves are shared before the show transitions into an upbeat Indian song. This transitions to additional lessons between Bagheera and Mowgli before another largely percussive song featuring lighting effects as well as mist screen usage.
The choreography changes as the dancers start to move slowly like a snake and the voice of Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) introduces Trust in Me.
The next scene features dialogue between Baloo (Bill Murray) and Mowgli before the performers dance to The Bare Necessities.
Following The Bare Necessities intense music begins to play as footage of Mowgli being chased through the jungle plays on the mist screens. The music crescendos and then the voice of King Louie (Christopher Walken) introduces King of the Swingers. The performers call for audience participation as they dance through the song.
King Louie then tells Mowgli that Shere Khan killed Akela. This transitions into an explanation of the power of the "Red Flower" (fire). A defiant Mowgli claims that he's not afraid of Shere Khan. Shere Khan informs him that they should be afraid of something else. The percussive music leads into a fire twirler along with lighting and dancing representative of fire. The crackle of fire ends the song.
The law of the Jungle is then recited again followed by Bagheera explain how Mowgli brought the entire jungle together for the first time.
The music for I Wan'Na Be Like You begins to play, transitioning into a montage that also features Trust in Me, and The Bare Necessities. The performers leave on the barges and a small firework blast ends the show.
Some of the barges used are borrowed from Disneyland's Fantasmic which is closed while the Rivers of America are being redesigned in the California park.
Fans of the movie The Jungle Book, Indian music and families.
9:00 PM, 10:30 PM
The Fastpass area for this show are located in the Expedition Everest viewing area.
The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is one of the high demand Fastpass+ reservations in the park. There will typically not be same day availability. Fastpass+ reservations give guests access to a preferred viewing location.
Guests that select this Fastpass+ option will not be able to make additional Fastpass+ selections because the show typically occurs at the closing time of the park.
There are similar components to Fantasmic, as well as some of the street performers in the Africa and Asia sections of Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Michael Jung – Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering
- Mark Huffman – Show Director, Disney Creative Entertainment
- Raakhi Kapur – Associate Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering