The Luminosa Festival of Lights was an event that occurred from October 5, 2019 to January 8, 2020 but this year it was extended to February 9.
The Luminosa Festival of Lights was inspired by the Chinese lantern festival and is very unique and special as it fuses the Eastern and Western cultures. To create this illuminating lantern festival, the designers used more than one million LED lights to light up the colorful handcrafted lanterns that were placed throughout the 13 acres of Jungle Island.
The drive approaching the parking garage was visually appealing with bright, bold colorful lanterns lining the side of the street giving a glimpse of what is to come.
The walking path from the parking lot to the front entrance of the park was also lined with lanterns creating a beach theme. It was decorated with palm trees, beach balls, umbrellas and lounge chairs.
Once inside the main Luminosa attraction, the scenery was alluring with lanterns lit up everywhere along the dim walking path as the sun was coming down.
The attraction took about one to two hours just to walk and finish the path of lights that includes stopping along the way to take photos or get sidetracked.
The landscape was something one would expect in a nature walk through a jungle but the illumination of lights also had a vivid variety of colors.
The walking pathways were illuminated with hundreds of different animals and objects in a variety of shapes and sizes such as birds, alligators, parrots, butterflies, plants, flowers, buildings, structures, Chinese dragons, and jellyfish. There was also a part of the path where visitors could see the Miami skyline filled with tall buildings from afar. This was one of the smaller subtle gems of the event that many visitors may have not realized or missed.
The festival was not filled with many visitors, but this contributed to the peacefulness and serenity of the walk through the park. The event lasted 90 days and will return again in Nov. 2020. The park employees made the visit even more special with their friendliness and attention to the guests.
This incredible experience came with a high-priced admission ticket of $35.95 for adults and $30.95 for children ages 3-9. This celebration started at 5 p.m. after the Jungle Island general admission hours ended and closed around 10 p.m.
As spectacular as the Luminosa Festival of Lights was, I personally think that it might have been too expensive, and may not have been worth the price.