Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights 101

| November 27, 2013 | 10 Replies

It’s the most beautiful time of the year here at Walt Disney World! The 4 theme parks are being decorated for the holidays. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is number 1 on my list of “do not miss” events during the holiday season. This event happens nightly until January 5, 2014.


I would like to share some tips that will make attending this event memorable.

1. Don’t plan on viewing them first thing when they are turned on in the evening.  There is a short ceremony where someone from the crowd gets to help turn on the lights.  It is usually very crowded when this happens. I suggest waiting about half an hour or so for the crowds to thin out. The lights are usually turned on around dusk (6:00 PM or so) –  check the times guide when you enter the park.  Another time to avoid the light display is right after a Fantasmic! showing. The crowds tend to be larger then also.  The weekends are also a very popular time and the closer you get to Christmas the more crowded this area will become.


2. Buy yourself a set of Glow with the Show ears. I think in this smaller area the special ears create more of a special effect for the guests.  You can also use them for the Holiday “Wishes” and the “Celebrate the Magic” show at the Magic Kingdom.  It’s fun seeing the hats blink in time to the music. I recently got to see these lights dance to Big Band music.  That was really fun.


 3. Don’t forget to bring your camera to get all those great shots of the lights. Remember, a flash isn’t going to do you much good if you are more than 7-10 feet away from the object you are trying to photograph. Take some time to watch the dancing lights without photographing them.  As beautiful as they are looking through the viewfinder, they are even more awesome when you put the camera down.

Ok, it’s time for my pet peeve again. Every time I go to an event at Disney World I see more and more people using their iPads and tablets to take pictures. Unless you only plan on looking at them on your iPad, you aren’t going to get the best picture.  I am also amazed at the number of people that block the shot for others trying to take a picture.  Look around you, others are trying to capture a memory also.  Don’t stop in the middle of the street to get that shot.




4. Take some time to look around at all the special things that Disney has put in the display.  Try and find the cat that they hide every year. Check out what show is playing on the TV in the display window.  You must find the mannequin leg lamp from “A Christmas Story!” Don’t forget to look for the “Hidden Mickeys.”

5. There is a rumor that this is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in its current location. If you get the chance this season, be sure you take the time to visit this spectacular display of holiday lights.

I’ll see you in the parks!













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  • kw

    Thanks for the tips and for sharing the beautiful pictures. Why are there tables set up under the canopy of lights in the 2nd last shot? Was it a special event?

  • Kathy Werling

    Yes it was a special event. It isn’t set up with tables for guests.

  • Lindsay

    We are going 12/6, but for some reason, DHS is closing at 6. Does this mean we won’t see the lights?

  • beerman42

    The new Cars Land comes into area were lights motor action is now. I enjoyed this light show it is big draw i cannot imagine them cutting it out. Lights Motors Action and Back Lot Tour both will be gone soon.

  • Kathy Werling

    Nothing has been confirmed about the Osborne Lights leaving and there being new attractions. Guess we will all have to wait and see what happens.

  • Kathy Werling

    If the park is closing at 6 PM. I doubt they will turning on the lights.

  • beerman42

    Kathy the closing of backlot and LMA is confirmed, cast members at BL told me in June when their. Carsland DL was biggest money maker on PL 2012. Its coming, look for annoucement right after the completion of Fantasy Land and 7 DMT.

  • Robert Thibodeaux

    Our favorite thing each year is finding the cat.

  • April Secura

    Just returned from the Osborne lights. We couldn’t figure out what or who the 5 figures on the second level were. The 2 figures on both sides were in white lights and the center figure was in yellow lights. Guesses for the center figure included Star Wars and the Pope. Does anyone know?

  • Krista Murray

    Can you buy passes just for this event? We missed it last year not realizing the day we were going it closed at 6. I’d love to go just to see this event. We hadn’t planned on any Disney days for this year’s trip.