Disney Diary: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights #disneysmmoms

by Carrie with Children with 20 comments

A few weeks ago, we took a few days off to visit Disney World with the hopes that the parks would be much quieter with the holiday crowds gone..  and boy, were we right – shorter lines and not too crowded at all.

During our trip, I was most excited to cross another item off my Disney bucket list.  I finally saw the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

Disney's Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

What started as a family tradition in Arkansas is now a sight to be seen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the holiday season, typically beginning in early November and ending in early January.  We visited the last night of the season and it was spectacular!

Over one million lights sparkle on the streets of New York at Hollywood Studios, where every ten minutes the lights dance to music.  And did I mention that it also snows?  In true Disney magic, the snow melts before it even touches the ground – but to a native Floridian like me – it’s still pretty exciting.

Here’s your chance to see the lights in action –

My insider tip –

If you can, visit the Osborne lights right after the new year, once all of the holiday crowds are gone.  It won’t be nearly as busy and you can take your time under the lights!  We visited on the final night of the lights (in 2013, it was January 6th) and loved taking our time under the lights.  Check the parks schedule in advance to plan your trip!

Have you seen the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights?  If not, I’d highly suggest you put it on your “must see” Disney list.  It’s breathtaking and I know it’s something that my family and I won’t miss again.

Do you have any family memories under the lights?


  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Spectacular! I so envy that you have the ability to get to the park that often!

    • Carrie with Children

      I admit – I have a Disney problem 🙂 Come visit and we can go see Janice again!

  • Nichol

    That light show with sounds is amazing! One day I’ll get to visit:)

    • Carrie with Children

      I hope you can visit them one day! It’s definitely a site to see!

  • FiddleDeeAshley

    The lights are so incredible! I can’t help but get all emotional watching the lights dance, the snow fall and seeing the look on everyone’s faces as they watch in wonder. I hated missing it this year!

    • Carrie with Children

      I admit, I cried a little bit when I first saw it. So magical! I hope you can make it back down this year to see the lights!

  • Jen

    I can’t believe you had never seen the lights!!! They are so pretty. I wanted to take the baby this year, but we didn’t get around to it. (Too many sickies in the house.) Maybe next year!

    • Carrie with Children

      I know – I can’t believe this was my first year seeing the lights! Shame on me! Hope you can make it over to see the lights this year.

  • Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired

    That looks amazing! I’mg glad you were able to take it off your bucket list. I’d love to see this sometime and I know my kids would love it!

    • Carrie with Children

      Tesa – I hope you and your family can visit sometime to see it. It’s breathtaking – your kids would love it too!

  • Andrea Kruse

    How fun! I have to admit that all these Disney posts I have been reading are getting me wanting to make the trip. I just wish we lived closer.

  • Becca - Our Crazy Boys

    AMAZING!!! It’s like you’re part of the show!

    • Carrie with Children

      It’s really a lot of fun! I love watching my girls faces light up – they loved it!

  • Hanan (@LilacCityMomma)

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Kasandria Reasoner

    That’s the one time of year we have yet to see Disney. I need to just suck it up and go. LOVE your video!

    • Carrie with Children

      Oh Kas, Disney during the holidays is so unbelieveable! You guys definitely need to try and visit in November/December sometime – it’s fantastic!

  • Lolo

    The lights are beautiful! We need to make it durning the holidays!

    • Carrie with Children

      The lights for the holidays are so fantastic! One of my favorite times of the year!