It’s been four years since The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last lit up the park, but I thought this Christmas was a great time to take a look back at what was my favorite holiday event at Walt Disney World.
It hasn’t been officially announced, but the Walt Disney World website reveals that The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will once again be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season. They will run , 2016.
The Osborne Lights are one of the highlights of the holiday season and can be found on the Streets of America section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Every single facade is decorated from top to bottom with holiday lights and decorations that often dance in time to the holiday tunes blasting over the speakers.
One of the most fun Disney holiday traditions is the annual gingerbread house in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian resort at Walt Disney World.
This isn’t a tiny house either. This gingerbread house is 16 feet high by 17 feet wide and features a classic Austrian gingerbread recipe that calls for 700 lbs of chocolate, over 1000 lbs of honey, 800 lbs of flower, and 600 lbs of powdered sugar, among other edible items.
The house is big enough to offer 80 square feet of retail inside. This bake shop offers freshly baked items such as cookies, shingles and gingerbread ornaments. Other homemade items for sale include Stollen Bread, chocolate peppermint bark, truffles and miniature gingerbread houses.
The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World, with the retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.
This year’s event has a lot of familiar faces returning to narrate, as well as a few new.
Here is the schedule, so you can plan your visit accordingly:
We’ve just passed Halloween, so it’s time for Walt Disney World to start bringing out their Christmas-themed events. One of my favorites is The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I got a sneak peek at this year’s version on Wednesday night.
For those not familiar with the history of the event, it all started in 1986 when Jennings Osborne decorated his Arkansas home to make his daughter happy. It started with 1000 lights, and grew to the point that he had to buy two neighboring homes to hold the light displays. By 1993, there were over 3 million lights, and neighbors filed a lawsuit claiming the traffic driving by to see the lights was too much. Disney caught wind of this and offered to move the display to Walt Disney World.
In 1995, the first Osborne Lights were put up on what was then “Residential Street” on the backlot of the park (which no longer exists). It now occupies the Streets of America area, all the way down to the entrance of Lights! Motors! Action! (which is located where the old Residential Street used to be).
Walt Disney World has announced they are introducing a new holiday show called “A Frozen Holiday Wish” that will replace “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” for the 2014 holiday season at Magic Kingdom.
“A Frozen Holiday Wish” features Anna and Elsa in an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage, with special appearances by mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf. Not much about the plot of the short show has been revealed, except that it will culminate in Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace for the holidays. In the previous show, that was the job of the Fairy Godmother.
It hasn’t officially been announced but some browsing of the official Walt Disney World site revealed that The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season.
The Osborne Lights will return to the park’s Streets of America area from November 7, 2014 to January 4, 2015. Every single facade is decorated from top to bottom with holiday lights and decorations that often dance in time to the holiday tunes blasting over the speakers.