Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – One of my favorite holiday traditions

| November 19, 2014 | 2 Replies

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is visit the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. My family has been visiting since the very first year it was presented on Residential Street in the park. This beautiful light display has come a long way from the early days. You can view the lights from November 7, 2014 through January 4, 2015.  The lights are on from dusk until park closing.

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In 1995 Jennings Osborne from Arkansas decided to donate his collection of holiday lights, etc. to Walt Disney World and people have been enjoying them ever since. This year there is a rumor that this may be the last year for the lights in this location. One bit of trivia they mentioned last night, if they stretched out the extension cords used it would be almost 15 miles long.

Since Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be under construction in 2015 the rumor says that they will not be on display in 2015. If this turns out to be true where do you think they should display them? Or should they just retire them for awhile, or put them in another WDW theme park?

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Just a note of warning if you are bring your camera to take pictures. When the lights are not dancing it is “snowing.” The snow is made up of soap and that can damage the filter or lens on your camera. Just be careful that none of the snow hits your lens. You might want to carry a lens cleaning cloth and be careful when cleaning the lens. There are several Photopass photographers that will take your picture with the lights behind you.

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This year the lights dance more often than in previous years. They have also added more songs. Because of this, instead of the crowds moving around they are standing in place more watching the lights. I highly recommend trying to view the lights during the week and skip the weekends. It does tend to get more crowded as the evening goes on. There is also a different “traffic” pattern to get into the area. If you are used to entering the Streets of America area by Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant be aware that is not the primary way to enter. Just follow the signs as you enter the park and you won’t have to do any extra walking to view the lights.

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There are plenty of items to help you “light” up while you are enjoying the Osborne Lights. They have the glow with the show ears that will blink in unison with the music.

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This year they have added the Frozen Holiday Premium package. You can sit and enjoy the lights from this area back by the Lights, Motors, Action! area. The cost is $89 per adult, $59 per child ages 3-9. You can call 407-939-1854. There will be desserts and beverages.

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Santa Goofy is there for a meet and greet.

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There are plenty of places to take some great holiday photos. We make it a habit to take  a family photo every year to share with friends and family. If you are looking for a great place to take that holiday photo for the Christmas card consider dressing in your holiday attire and take your picture while you are enjoying the lights.

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Don’t forget to spend some time looking for the 46 Hidden Mickeys scattered throughout the lights. Our family favorite is trying to find the Purple Cat that is also hidden in one of the displays. I think this year it was a little harder to find. It can be frustrating and fun at the same time. We had to ask a Cast Member for a hint this time.

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What is your favorite part of the Osborne Lights? Do you have any family traditions at Walt Disney World? I will be doing several more blogs about my favorite holiday traditions in the parks and resorts. See you in the parks!



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  • John Anderson

    Maybe Disney could use the Osborne Lights to finish Cinderella’s Castle.

  • Ghost Man

    We just returned from our Disney World vacation. We were able to see the Osborne Lights three times during our stay. There was always something different to find hidden in the lights. Each night, I asked several cast members in Hollywood Studios about this being the last year for the Osborne Lights. Each one said the rumors were true. DHS is making way for the changes and the backlot is “wasted space.” This is really disappointing. Every night we were there the backlot streets were filled with people amazed at what they were seeing. There were cheers and clapping after each “dance.” If Disney is discontinuing this holiday tradition then it’s a sad day in the world of Disney.

    It may also interested some people that Jennings Osborne passed away in 2011.