Sep 12

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Will Come to an End

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This year will mark the last time a 20-year brilliant tradition will shine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Spectacular will come to an end at the close of this year’s holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort. 

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An announcement on the Disney Parks Blog noted, “In order to prepare for some incredible experiences coming to the park, including the recently announced Toy Story Land and a Star Wars-themed land, we will not be able to present The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in the future.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to the family of Jennings Osborne for letting us share their family tradition year after year.”

The Christmas light event got its start lighting up the personal residence of Arkansas businessman, Jennings Osborne.  As his elaborate light display increased in size, so did his neighbors’ disdain and the battle ended up in litigation and eventually before the Arkansas Supreme Court.  The Osborne family’s legal loss was Disney’s gain as the light spectacle found its new home originally strung up on Residential Street and now its current residence of the Streets of America.

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The fate of this long-running tradition has been in question for several years, especially with all the recent closings and changes coming to the park in anticipation of it’s new Star Wars-themed and Toy Story lands.

Guests planning on visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season will get one last chance to view the merry and bright light spectacle and take part in two new options for holiday fun.  Guests will soon be able to book the Merry & Bright Dessert Party (Nov. 6-Dec. 30) and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception (Jan. 1- 3), both overlooking  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

According to Disney Parks Social Media Director, Thomas Smith, with the dessert party, guests will enjoy holiday-themed desserts while surrounded by the amazing light display.  New for 2015 is a dinner reception Jan. 1 – 3, featuring a selection of small bites including beef, shrimp and turkey, plus wine, beer and specialty beverages. You’ll be able to book these experiences beginning Sept. 16, so check back at DisneyWorld.com around that time for full details and to reserve your spot.

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Holly Wiencek is the author of Capturing the Magic: A Photographic Journey Through the Walt Disney World Parks. A Florida native and lifelong Disney enthusiast, Holly has been visiting Disney Parks since she was a toddler. With countless visits to both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, she has spent a lifetime exploring and learning about the history and legacy Walt Disney left behind and the details created by Disney Imagineering. She spends her spare time making Disney magic in her everyday life and enjoys sharing that magic with her husband and her daughter, Abby.

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