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Old 07-11-2013, 02:12 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Castle2Castle View Post
Assuming validity in the rumor. . .I don't listen to podcasts and don't know if anyone's quantified the popularity of the show, but it would have to be extremely large for a 2 month show -- that's only active a fraction of the night -- to outweigh the benefits of upgrades that could provide increased attendance for 12 months out of the year and throughout the entire day/night.

We greatly enjoyed the show when we saw it for the first (only) time in 2011, but other than the nights on that trip, we had no reason for visiting the Streets of America versus the rest of the park. If they have an opportunity to improve the use of that space, I would hope that they seize it, and I would also hope that they could find a new destination for the lights if possible.
Walt Disney World often deals with "reserving" space to deal with peak crowds. It's a fact of life when holiday/vacation crowds need to be accomodated for a few weeks or months a year. Streets of America is a perfect location for the Lights precisely because it is so lightly traveled the rest of the year. It's an an outer edge of the park, so it draws guests through the rest of the park on their way (with lots of opportunities to buy stuff as they go). In addition to drawing crowds into DHS, the Osborne lights create dozens of opportunities per year for private parties/events that take place after park closing. Those are hugely profitable, as staffing needs are minimal. And the people who attend those parties also have to have a park ticket for that day.

It's not unlike Tomorrowland Terrace. Yes, it sits dead most of the year. It's a big chunk of otherwise usable space in the Magic Kingdom. But for those peak crowd times, it's necessary. So it's maintained and available to handle things like overflow when a major counter service location gets a refurb (like breakfast during the Main Street Bakery refurb).

While it's possible that the Lights might come down for a year, just because of the construction taking place during an expansion, I fully expect that they'll go out of their way to preserve the Streets of America space used for the Osborne Lights, specifically for that purpose.

Free Osborne Lights in Disney Springs don't generate the private party dollars that Osborne Lights in DHS (plus a park ticket entry) does. And they don't want the lights to be in an area that's already heavily trafficked - they're working too hard right now to improve crowd flow to say the hell with crowd flow during the busiest times of the year, lets put the Lights on the (relatively) narrow and crowded Sunset Boulevard from now on.
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