The plan to bring Disney’s Hollywood Studios back to life has been long-gestating, with the first whispers about an upcoming overhaul for this park dating back nearly two years. Thus far, fans have seen a lot of closures, concept artwork and half-measures taken at this park, but not a lot of action when it comes to actually bringing a fully realized and reinvented Disney’s Hollywood Studios from dream to reality.
However, it looks like 2016 will be the year that everything changes. This month will get things started with a bang and will bring unprecedented changes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Even though Disney has been accused of working slowly (especially when compared to next door neighbor Universal Orlando Resort), if all of the changes that are happening in the next four weeks are indicative of Disney's long-term plans for this park, then it looks like Disney is finally ready to pick up the pace and get things moving at this park, which has been stagnant for far too long. Here's everything happening this month that we know so far:
1. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights extended
Though The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was originally supposed to conclude its 20 year run on Sunday, January 3, 2016, Disney has confirmed that it has extended this holiday favorite’s final engagement just a little while longer, as the final day to see this holiday display for the last time is now January 6, 2016.This move was likely motivated by massive crowds in the final days of the Osborne Lights as well as some less-than-stellar weather.
While a 3-day stay of execution may not seem like a lot, it will at least give local visitors a final chance to see this display now that the weather is improving and the massive holiday crowds have died down.
2. Disney’s Hollywood Studios operating hours lengthened
All four of Walt Disney World’s parks typically reduce their hours in the weeks following New Year’s as guest levels retreat for the rest of the winter. However, because of the newly-extended run of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going against this trend and have actually extended their hours this week. Now the park will remain open until 10:00 p.m. Monday, January 4 through Wednesday, January 6, with The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights available from dusk until 9:00 PM. Then, the Star Wars nightly spectacular, Symphony in the Stars, will be performed at 10PM right at park close.