Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios

Image by Casajump

Photo by Casajump

What is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights? 

There’s got to be a shorter name for this. Let’s settle on Osborne Lights. Okay, so the Osborne Lights is an impressive light show in which the buildings around the Streets of America district of Disney World’s Hollywood Studios are covered in miles and miles of light strings.  Each evening there is a switching-on ceremony around 6pm in which the lights are introduced with music which continues throughout the night.  The streets get absolutely packed for this each night, and continue to remain so for several hours afterwards as people explore the houses, buildings and decorations all festooned with myriad lights.

There are lights that jump to music, lights blanketing entire buildings, lights covering more lights.  They dim every ten minutes or so to help you appreciate the magnitude of how many lights there are.  It’s Disney’s answer to ‘that guy with all the Christmas lights on his house’ however this is not a Disney invention. There really is an Osborne family where this all got started.

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Candlelight Processional 2013 at Disney World

Candlelight Processional

Photo by the amazing Tom Bricker at Disney Tourist Blog

What is the Candlelight Processional?

The Candlelight Processional is a Christmas-time event retelling the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by music from a huge choir and live orchestra. Hosted within the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot, the show is an outdoors event and takes place three times a night, with the final performance immediately followed by Epcot’s Illuminations fireworks display.

Who are the Candlelight Processional 2013 celebrity narrators?
The Candlelight Processional would undoubtedly be a hugely popular event without the pull of a celebrity narrator, but the impressive line up of big names each year is a hotly anticipated announcement. The line up is often chopped and changed as the celebrities get a better offer or work throws up other commitments, but to get the ball rolling, here’s what Disney announced earlier this week:

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Christmas at Disney World

Minnie and Mickey Castle Lights Disney World

Photo by the amazing Tom Bricker at Disney Tourist Blog

Planning our trip to Walt Disney World in December this year has become new hobby of mine, reading up on all the extra cool parades, parties and shows laid on at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. There’s all the hotel resorts to explore along the monorail, taking in the typically Disney bonkers Christmas decorations like the Grand Floridian’s giant, edible ginger bread house. Plus there’s a stack of super cute Disney Christmas merchandise that will be coming home with me (guess what you’re all getting for Christmas this year you guys!).

I don’t want to miss a thing, so I’ll be sharing some brief guides to the awesome things taking place to make a Christmas in Disney World Bucket List.

Here’s how that list is shaping up so far (links will be added as posts publish):

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