Countdown to Dismas: Farewell to the Lights


I’m really sort of sad. Because this is likely the last time I’ll ever write about the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Which also means that I’ve likely seen the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights for the last time, too. And that’s just too much of a downer to be true. Because the Osborne Lights are seriously one of my favorite Disney things of all time.

Here’s the thing: I go through my day-to-day life, and I’m actually a pretty look-on-the-bright-side person. I try to see the best in people and things and the situation. Some days are easier than others. But for the most part, I really believe the world is a good place and things are going to work out for the best. Some of you might say I’m a sucker. And that’s okay. Sometimes, I think that, too.

Osborne Lights (At Disney Again)
But I’m a happy sucker!

But on the Streets of America during the Osborne Lights, the world really is that perfect and lovely and good. Cast members sing and dance with guests as millions of lights chase one another up and down and across the Streets of America and a steady stream of holiday cheer fills the air. It’s a perfectly encapsulated moment of perfect goodness and happiness. And no matter how many times I experience the Dancing Lights, it never ceases to affect me. To completely bowl me over with gratitude and generosity and joy.

[[For more photos of this breathtaking display, head over to At Disney Again]]

I know it’s just a light show in a theme park. And that, in the grand scheme, my life won’t change in any significant way. Two or three years from now, I probably won’t even think of Osborne wistfully at Christmastime. But I can’t help but feel that, when the lights finally flicker off for the last time on January 3, the world will be a little less joyful, a little less magical and a little less fun. And that stinks.

What will you miss most about Osborne? Let us know in the comments below. 

Osborne Lights (At Disney Again)
Lights … out.

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