The days are ending near for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After twenty years of magic, the final night for the lights is January 3, 2016 — and my emotions are high.
Farewell, Osborne Lights
As annual passholders, we’ve got a trip booked to be there for the final evening and while I’m excited about it, I’m also dreading it. I’m such a sap when it comes to Disney and I know that the final night of lights will be no different. There will be tears. Lots of them.
Seeing the lights have become a family tradition for us and it’s something I hate to see disappear. We usually visit the lights in mid-November and then make our way back to the park for the final weekend each season.
Special Memories of the Osborne Lights
From my girls seeing Disney’s version of ‘snow’ for the first time (also known as snowpe = soap + snow) to searching for Hidden Mickeys and having an ultimate dance party under the lights – the lights have brought so much joy to my family.
Just a few weeks ago, we spent close to an hour in the streets of New York admiring the lights and there was plenty of dancing too. It sounds so cheesy and cliche, but it was magical and I didn’t want to leave.
Just as much as I look forward to a night of fun under the lights, so do my girls and husband. I haven’t even told my girls that this is the last year for the lights. I feel like the magic is ending and I don’t want to spoil it for them, but they need to know. It is going to be a tough conversation, for sure.
What’s Next for the Osborne Lights?
The bad news is — it is truly the end of the lights. This end of the park is set to be under construction in the coming months with the new Star Wars area and Toy Story Land set to be introduced in the coming years. I understand the need for change and I welcome it (especially the Toy Story section!), but a piece of tradition is ending and I know it’s the same feeling for other families too.
It is memories and experiences like these that keep me returning to Walt Disney World. While we’ll now have to find a new way of bidding farewell to the holiday season each year, I’m so incredibly thankful for the nights we’ve spent together under the lights.