Disney announced today on their blog that this holiday season will be the final year for the Osborne Family Lights. The amazing display has been taking place for the past 20 years at Hollywood Studios (MGM when it first started) and has in recent years covered the Streets of America.
It has become a tradition for many to visit during the holiday season and the reaction from Disney fans has been mostly of sadness and confusion as to why Disney couldn’t just move the lights to another area of the park. Besides the incredible amount of lights on display, the lights would also sparkle, dance, and change in synchronization to a variety of Christmas music.
With the announcement of the new Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land expansions for DHS at the D23 Expo, the thought of losing the Streets of America entered the minds of many. Unfortunately, Disney has now confirmed those thoughts. Here is the excerpt from Disney’s blog:
As you plan ahead, we also wanted you to know that this holiday season will mark the finale for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. 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.