After twenty years of holiday magic, this will be the last year that The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will appear at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
There will be two options to help you celebrate this final year: The Merry and Bright Dessert Party (November 6 – December 30) and The Merry and Bright Dinner Reception (January 1-3). You will be able to book your reservations for these beginning on September 16th. Of course, with this being the last year, I imagine that these must be truly amazing.
It is hard to imagine the backlot without the Christmas lights. This event became a family tradition very quickly. Most of our trips were planned around the Christmas lights. It has been the backdrop for many photos and memories.
The Osborne Family Christmas Lights debuted in 1995. I remember the lights being displayed on the houses on Residential Street. This was when the trams for the Backstage Tour would go down a street of house facades. Residential Street was the example of how facades can be used to create a house or an entire street for filming purposes. It was only during the display of the Christmas lights that the tram would stop running and guests could walk down the street. I remember the enormous Christmas tree and the canopy on that street. Each house was completely covered in lights.
Then a new show was added to the park, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. To make enough space for the show, Residential Street was removed, and the entire light show was moved to the Streets of America.
A new season of change is coming to Hollywood Studios, major change. In fact, much of the park map will look drastically different in the coming months. The ending of the Osborne Christmas Lights is directly related to the addition of two new areas: Toy Story Land (projected to open in the summer of 2017) and the new Star Wars themed area, so this is all a part of the growing pains that must be endured.
There is no doubt that the new additions to the park will be a welcome change, but losing the Osborne Christmas Lights will still be a sad loss. We can only hope that the lights might be sent to another location where new memories can be made.