Walt Disney World Announces Osborne Lights to End after 2015

Disney die-hards knew it was just a matter of time, but it’s still hard to take the news that Walt Disney World has officially called an end date to the wonderful Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The event will be back for this holiday season, but that will be it, as far as Disney is concerned. Thomas Smith, Disney Parks social media director, wrote on the official Parks blog:

“The display of lights has enjoyed a successful run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, going all the way back to when it first appeared on Residential Street. 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. And thank you to all of you for being part of the spectacle with us. Here’s to making more memories in this, the 20th and final year.”

I’m really saddened to hear this. The Osborne Lights are my favorite things about the Holidays at Disney (Epcot’s Candelight Processional is a close second), and I wish Disney could’ve found a way to move them to another location or even another park. I would even be ok with a temporary hiatus, coming back after Toy Story Land opens.

If you want to see it at least one more time, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will run November 6 through January 3, 2016 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before they pack up the lights for good.

How do you feel about it being the last year? Will you be sad to see the Osborne Lights go? Let us know in comments.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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