November 12, 2013

Holiday Spectacles

Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Point and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Last year, my family experienced WDW during the holiday season for the first time. You can read about that experience here, but to summarize - it wasn't our favorite time to visit the parks, thanks to the insane crowds, which make it difficult to appreciate the decorations, go on attractions, or basically move in any particular direction. But one of the brightest spots in that trip, and the thing I will most miss not seeing this year, is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Shimmering, glimmering, Spectacle Magic
You know how, every year, there's some viral video about a house with a crazy synchronized Christmas light display? This is that, but WAY better, as millions of lights illuminate the Streets of America timed to a medley of holiday tunes. Not only is it the best of the WDW holiday shows (in my humble opinion), but it is also the best thing about Hollywood Studios. And the show is included with park admission and runs on a loop, so not only do you not have to pay extra for it (like all the other holiday shows), but you can watch it as many times as you like!

When we went to WDW last year, the Osborne Spectacle was the thing I was most looking forward to experiencing, and it didn't disappoint. My family and I spent well over an hour wandering through the section of Hollywood Studios we generally ignore, sipping drinks and gazing all around us. At a time when the parks are jam packed with people pushing and tripping over each other, it was lovely to be able to stroll around at our leisure and really take in the sights. 

Although we won't be at WDW this holiday season, I'll definitely be thinking of the Osborne Spectacle every time I see a large neighborhood light display. Because as is true in many cases, no one does it like Disney. 

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month. We will be back on December 10th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to
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Related Links: 
* Review: Visiting Disney at Christmas
* The WDW Holiday Newbie
* Review: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


Heidi Strawser said...

As I posted on The Disney Point, my family will get to experience this for the first time on December 16th. I'm anxious to see it up close and personal - the pictures just don't do it justice.

Melissa Knight said...

The Osborne Lights are my favorite too. I love getting a hot chocolate (even if it's not cold) and sitting and taking it all in. I think I need to go watch them on YouTube right now. :)

Manda said...

Lol I like the way you describe it as better than the viral videos that come out at Christmas! So true! Well ... from what I've seen on youtube anyway :P I'd LOVE to see this in real life! :) x

Mary @Capturing Magical Memories said...

It does have the jaw opening moment when you see it for the first time!

Rosanne said...

Great minds certainly do think alike! I love the Osborne lights oh so much. There's something so perfect about the feeling you get when they light and dance. Can we go on a special blogorail trip to review them this year?! I'm down if you are. :)
Rosanne @ The Disney Point

Beth Green said...

I totally agree! This is amazing. My favorite part of DHS! :)

I'm Diane said...

Great pics and it is truly amazing. I love strolling along and taking our time and that is what's great about this show ;-)

Deb Silhan said...

Love your photos! The Osborne Lights are truly amazing to see! I can't imagine what their neighbors thought!

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

We've never been to WDW during the holidays, but this might just be a reason to go one of these years...

Lisa @ homeiswherethemouseis said...

One of my favorite Disney memories is from the Osborne lights. I'll always remember my daughter dancing in the middle of the street with the lights all around her. Amazing.

Pixie Brenda said...

Osborne is my family's absolute favorite activity during the holidays at WDW. Doesn't it just make you feel so alive being around all those people and sharing in that extra special magic? Wonderful!!! Thank you for the post!