This week I read that this is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I was stunned when I initially read this and still am. There are so many great memories associated with this attraction that I am deeply saddened by Disney’s decision. For me and my family there are many happy memories associated with the lights. Disney says they are discontinuing the lights because they are going to construct Star Wars Land and Pixar Place. I believe there is room at Disney World to have both the lights and these new additions.
If you have never attended the Dancing Lights in person and only seen photos or Youtube videos of the attraction, I can say that like many things photos or videos don’t it justice. The Festival is a multi-sensorial experience of light, sound, smell, and even touch. There are over 5 million lights. There is Christmas music playing and many times the lights are flashing in perfect synchronization with the music. The lights decorate every square inch of the Streets of America in Hollywood Studios.
The snow is falling while you sit in well-above freezing temperatures and listen to the music and watch the lights. There is a pleasant aroma of pretzels and cocoa. (Maybe this is because we always have a pretzel and a lot of people are buying cocoa).
There are over one hundred hidden Mickey head lights buried among the other lights that are fun to try and uncover. There are tunnels of lights, lights made into tree patterns, a manger scene, Santa, angels, etc. There is so much that there is a potential for sensory overload, but it is too joyful for this to happen. This is a place to really forget everything and immerse yourself in the Disney magic.
Many memories are attached to the Spectacle of Lights. My son and I have sat on one particular curb (sometimes with my husband or daughter too) many nights for over an hour just to relax and take in the whole experience; many times with the snow blowing in our face while we eat a delicious cream-cheese-filled Mickey pretzel!
We are fortunate enough to go this year and will see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights one more time. It will be a bittersweet experience as I think this will be the last time to get to experience this wonderful event. I only wish Disney would reconsider and move the lights to another location so the joy could continue.