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Thread: The Future of the Osborne Lights?

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    On New Year's Eve, we were visiting with friends and, as it typically does, conversation turned to Disney. During the conversation, a friend lamented the "end" of the much loved Osborne lights. I nearly fainted. This isn't true is it? Perhaps they are just moving them? I've done a *little* research but haven't found anything conclusive...merely rumours. Does anyone here have any news, thoughts or ideas?




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    You know, I heard the same thing last month. It seems like a pretty constant rumour but nothing official :/

    My personal take on it. It's not been the same since they changed it from being the walk around the houses to the way it is now. I like the lights synced to the music but that gets old quickly and after you've seen that, there's not much left. I used to really love walking around seeing all the houses and yards lit up but now I can honestly spend just five minutes there to say I've done it.

    I can't see them going back to the old scheme. They don't tend to revert and the space has been used. Also struggling to see where they'd move it to. In terms of giving it up, it's an iconic attraction, one they advertise all over the place and very heavily attended. The other thing it has going for it is it's all done on existing buildings so it's not like it REALLY takes up any actual space of its own.

    Tough one really :/ I'm fed up of it and would like it re-imagined but how/where I don't know! I did think that the flow of people was much better when it was spread over the larger house/yard area though
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    This is not a rumor I've heard.

    I never saw it in the old location. I think that would have been really cool. As I've only seen it in the current location, I can say that I have not gotten bored with it.












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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnie, post: 327326, member: 92
    This is not a rumor I've heard.

    I never saw it in the old location. I think that would have been really cool. As I've only seen it in the current location, I can say that I have not gotten bored with it.
    oh Johnie, the old location.... I'm feeling a bit teary just thinking back to it. You'd walk around, plenty of space, every house had its own yard with its own special lights. It was like walking round a neighbourhood.
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    The rumour has been going round for a while now.

    It started when the rumour that Cars Land was going to be built at Hollywood Studios. The talk is that the Land will be where Cars Motor Action is based and also include the area that is used for Osborne Lights.

    I think they would have to move them somewhere new though, possibly even to a new Park. Epcot is an area I could see them considering.









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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith, post: 327329, member: 3
    oh Johnie, the old location.... I'm feeling a bit teary just thinking back to it. You'd walk around, plenty of space, every house had its own yard with its own special lights. It was like walking round a neighbourhood.
    Wasn't that great!

    We used to love going through there. I always marveled at the tricycle left in one front yard that had strings of lights all over it. Even the water faucet for the garden hose on one house had lights!

    I miss that.

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    I so dislike the current set up we've not been over in years to see it. :( I too, really liked the old set up. It was much more Christmas like and realistic. I'll be sorry to see it go, in theory, but won't miss the current mess they've made of the display. :(






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    I much prefer the old setup, but we thoroughly enjoyed it this year with the lights synched to the music. There were huge crowds though so it was difficult to move around. We talked to two different CMs, both of whom mentioned that they may not be there next year and that they are trying to decide what to do with them. Apparently it has something to do with the new land, be it Star Wars or Cars Land or whatever they decide to do with it.





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    Hmmm after all the talk about how wonderful it was the old way I'm not sure to be happy or sad that I never got to see it.

    I guess I should be happy as I love the lights now.












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    I do prefer the old way it was, my advice for the lights is not to go on a weekend evening- i thought we were being clever being there at the time they started- boy was i wrong. We got trapped in a large crowd and at one point i got really worried we were going to get crushed. This was the beginning of December














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