There was nothing quite like the Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With over 10 miles of rope lighting covering the Streets of America, the display was truly a breathtaking sight. It became a family favorite (and a crowd favorite.) We’d always save one night to really tour and take in the dancing lights. We’d even make a game of it, rewarding the first person to find the black cat and the Arkansas Razorback. We were obviously heartbroken to hear that the display would be discontinued after 2015.
It was bittersweet, as obviously we knew that the lights would not return due to the construction at Hollywood Studios, which would ultimately lead to a pretty awesome park in a few years. But still, nothing quite beat the Osborne Lights.
While there have been rumors and speculation about the Osborne Lights over the past few months—with some predicting they’d bring a smaller scale version to EPCOT or Disney Springs—nothing quite ever came of it. Many wondered whether Hollywood Studios would do anything for the holidays or whether it’d remain a park in flux.
This morning, Disney Parks Blog announced that Hollywood Studios would feature a Holiday Nighttime Event at Hollywood Studios. It goes on to describe the event:
Great garland – Santa Claus is missing!
And the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun in the all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 14. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.
Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”
And did I mention there will be snow?
A sweet way to enjoy this new holiday spectacular is with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use while watching the show. The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.
Memorable, heartwarming, and enchanting for the entire family these one-of-a-kind holiday experiences will dazzle Disney’s Hollywood Studio guests through December 31.
It’s not quite the Osborne Lights, but it does look pretty awesome. From what I understand, Hollywood Studios will use much of the same technology it uses for the Star Wars Fireworks, which I’ve heard are insane. It appears as though Disney has been implementing the use of high-powered projectors more and more. I remember our first time seeing the Celebrate the Magic show at Magic Kingdom. My dad can’t stop talking about it and we’ve seen it about a dozen times! It’s a must-do every trip.
It’s nice to see Disney doing something at Hollywood Studios for the holidays. It shows that Disney still cares, which many have called into question with all the closures this past month. It’ll certainly be a nice draw for a park that would have otherwise been overlooked this holiday season.
I’m still looking into the Dessert Party and will be sure to post details about reservations once they’re released. The biggest unspoken detail relating to this news will be the park hours. It appears as though Hollywood Studios will be closing at 8pm all week. As I’ve said a million times before, Disney is always increasing the park hours, especially during peak travel dates. The fireworks is all but a guarantee that the hours will be pushed to at least 10pm.