The Osborne Lights are one of our favorite Disney World traditions. We’ve been attending since the days when they were just static and didn’t have special music and lower crowds. I took the family out for the first public night performance on November 8th and we enjoyed the lights, music and some special treats.
To get to the Lights, you’ll need to go to Hollywood Studios, then go all the way to the back to the Streets of America. You’ll need to go down beside Star Tours, by Mama Melrose’s and turn right. You can’t enter by the Writer’s stop. There’s signs and helpful Cast Members directing you to the back. You can also enter by coming around by Toy Story Mania and passing the Backlot Tour.
There’s like 5 million lights on all these buildings and the Cast Members begin installing them while it’s still SUMMER. There’s a bunch of hidden mickeys and other nods within the lights if you’re into that sort of thing.
If you look near this globe, you’ll find one white angel. It is placed there in honor of Jennings Osborne who loved Christmas lights so much he bought 3 houses just to display them and then ended up losing a court fight to keep them up. Why kind of Scrooge’s lived in this guy’s hometown in Arkansas? Hundreds of thousands of people trek to Hollywood Studios just to see this stuff now.
I warned you, but you didn’t listen, did you? Now you know where we found the guy taking photos of the lights!
Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse have entered a corporate sponsorship agreement that allows Mickey to place lights, garland and bows on anything that moves for a small license fee. Hey, the guy didn’t get fat eating parsley!
Wait, you mean you can meet a character amongst all these lights? Why didn’t KennythePirate tell us about this “Santa Goofy” character? You can meet him at the end of the street and is easier to access from the Backlot Tour area. The wait times were regularly in the 30 to 45 minute range all night. You can also meet him in the Animal Kingdom from 11:00 am to close all day long AND you get the bonus Pluto sighting. Start the line behind the lady in the purple shirt. What do you mean that lady isn’t there everynight? We’ll just need to use the sign then, but the queue spills out all over the place.
We need to stop with the photos for a moment and enjoy a treat. My little girl chose the candy cane style rice crispy treat and my older daughter and I chose the “Holiday Cupcake.” It costs like $17.99 or something like that and it’s carrot cake. I wanted a chocolate filled one though. I should have asked first. It tasted good and the icing wasn’t too sweet.
KtP, you said there would be VIDEOS. I don’t see any VIDEOS yet. Hold your polar bear, we’ll get there in a bit. First you need to see more awesome lights photos. Oh, by the way, I decided to test drive the Nikon D5200 after my beloved Sony RX100 died a cruel death. I’m blaming it on Oogie Boogie! I know less about photography than I know about existentialism, so you get these pics.
See, I told you there would be videos!