When Disney announced that the 20th anniversary edition of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would be its last, fans were understandably upset. However, even though Disney expected guests to turn out in large numbers to experience the final year of this annual tradition, the response this year has been much larger than Disney has even expected. If you have yet to attend 2015's final edition of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, here are some things you should know first….
1. Plan for a parking lot closure
Over the past few weeks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been experiencing alomst-nightly parking lot closures that generally hit the park around 5PM. When these closures happen, guests looking to get in to Disney’s Hollywood Studios are instantly turned away from the gate and re-routed to Epcot’s parking lot. Unfortunately, after driving to Epcot, guests must then wait in line for a bus that will bring them back to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Because so many guests are being re-routed, wait times for this bus back to the park can be an hour or more.
Though it seems a little weird to talk about Disney’s Hollywood Studios and closing in the same sentence, this problem has been growing in recent weeks, and as record crowds begin to pour into the resort later this month during the busiest weeks of the year at Walt Disney World, we aren’t expecting this issue to get any better. However, guests who want to avoid this issue do have options….
2. Try and get to the park early
While the all-new attractions now open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are attracting some guests, the vast majority of current traffic at this park is coming after 4PM. So, if you are wanting to see the Osborne Lights without waiting an hour or more in traffic (and then for a bus) your best bet is to try and arrive at the park at 2PM or earlier. There are plenty of new things to do at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and even though you might not want to arrive at a park several hours before the event you want to experience kicks off, this is the only real way to guarantee you can park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see the lights on a given evening.