Day 4 started out with a morning in Hollywood Studios. Fearing a re-imagineering of the Great Movie Ride, it was a high priority for this trip. “Lasts” have become a common theme for our recent trips, but thankfully “firsts” have started to fill in some of those gaps.
We also saw Voyage of the Little Mermaid and ate lunch at Backlot Express. Voyage of the Little Mermaid was not as fun for our 2 year old as I thought it would be thanks to the mist during the show. I can’t blame him, I don’t enjoy being soaked in a theater unless it’s 90 degrees outside.
Rizzo’s soft opened during our trip
Our first day in the parks was one I worked hard to prepare for. On paper it was just a morning in Epcot with a lunch at Garden Grill. In practice it was the shining glory of a chipmunk toddler.
Since the Garden Rooms at the Boardwalk are not located near the Innkeepers Club Lounge I went up and brought breakfast for all of us back on a tray. After finishing that we walked to Epcot. We arrived 40 minutes after park opening and did the Seas, Turtle Talk, Imagination, checked out the DVC Lounge, and Fastpassed Living with the Land in 2 hours.
Waiting for Turtle Talk with Crush
Our lunch at Garden Grill might be the most magical memory we’ve made in the parks, rivaling baby Goofy meeting Minnie and Pluto. Our little chipmunk had fantastic interactions with the characters and all the staff went above and beyond in making our meal great.
After years upon years of stressful last days we finally got smart and did not buy park tickets for our check-out day. That meant that day 7 would be our last day in the parks and we had a long list of things we wanted to do again or missed the chance to do earlier.
We started the day in Hollywood Studios with a Fastpass for Great Movie Ride, which had skipped earlier in the trip.
Great Movie Ride
Then we all took turns experiencing our favorite attraction – Tower of Terror.
Dreams do come true. Day 3 in Hollywood Studios brought us back to our favorite ride, the Tower of Terror. I haven’t ridden it since March 2014, which is far too long. But I’m jumping ahead…
This morning was the most on time we’ve been in years. In 17 minutes we drove from the Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios, parked, unloaded the car and were on a tram. First stop was Toy Story Midway Mania with a Fastpass. We were through the ride quickly and stopped to see Star Wars Launch Bay.
Star Wars Launch Bay
Star Wars Launch Bay
Star Wars has taken over the Animation building, with a making of video in the theater, meet and greets for Chewbacca and Darth Vader, props and costumes from Episode VII, Disney Infiniti stations, mock Cantina, and of course merchandise shop.
January 3, 2016 marks the last day the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will run in Hollywood Studios. [Since I originally wrote this, Disney extended the run to January 6. Park hours at Hollywood Studios have also been regularly extended to help accommodate the large crowds that have come to bid the Lights adieu.] The Osborne Lights are hands down my favorite part of Christmas season at Walt Disney World, and they will be sorely missed. In honor of the Lights, I’m going to share my memories from the few short years we marveled at them. These photos aren’t award winning, but they all take me back to wonder filled moments.
This was the first time we experience the Osborne Lights. I knew what they were and that it was a great fortune the beginning of our trip overlapped with the last days they ran for the season. Little can prepare you for the actual experience of standing among millions of Dancing Lights.
2015 marks the last year the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights illuminates Hollywood Studios. When the Merry and Bright Dessert Party was announced, we knew this would be a convenient and leisurely way to enjoy the Osborne Lights. This is my review of the Merry and Bright Dessert Party with photos and comments.
View from our table mid-way back, right side
The Merry and Bright Dessert Party runs from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, and you can check-in as early as 6 pm. (Party times are 8:30-10:00 December 25-30.) Check in early if you want more selection of seats.
View from similar area on the left side
The dessert party takes place at the end of Streets of America near Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show entrance. Tables for 4 encircle the Peace on Earth globe with angels overhead.
The 2009 Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios features more LED lights than ever. Colors are more vivid, and whites are whiter.
It’s being reported that the “snow machines” are more powerful than ever, adding a real winter feeling to the show.
This year’s show will run through January 3, 2010, and it begins at about 6:00pm every night.
Here are a couple of photos, but they don’t do it justice. You just have to see it in person!
2009 Osborne Lights
2009 Osborne Lights
On the 15th we reported that they were installing the Dream Lights on Cinderella’s Castle over at the Magic Kingdom. Well, the elves are even busier now.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights installation is underway on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This year’s display will be held from November 30, 2009 to Janaury 3, 2010. This is a NOT TO BE MISSED spectacle.