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Old 07-12-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Osbourne Lights gone for 2014?

I'm surprised this doesn't appear to be here yet...

I'm hearing from several different independent CM sources that this year may be the last year for Osbourne Lights at DHS...

This goes along with rumors that LMA will be done within the next year, and that it and Streets of America would be rebuilt into at least parts of the Cars and Star Wars areas.

I don't know is this necessarily means the end of the lights altogether...I can think of other potential locations for them, but I don't know if Disney wants the expense anymore...after all, they didn't want to put up Lights of Winter at Epcot any more, and that was tiny in comparison.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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I'm surprised this doesn't appear to be here yet...

I'm hearing from several different independent CM sources that this year may be the last year for Osbourne Lights at DHS...

This goes along with rumors that LMA will be done within the next year, and that it and Streets of America would be rebuilt into at least parts of the Cars and Star Wars areas.

I don't know is this necessarily means the end of the lights altogether...I can think of other potential locations for them, but I don't know if Disney wants the expense anymore...after all, they didn't want to put up Lights of Winter at Epcot any more, and that was tiny in comparison.
Wow I hope not! We are going this holiday season thank goodness to see it for the first time but was thinking about going again next year. That would be a bummer if this was the last year.

Btw, what's LMA?
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Btw, what's LMA?
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We missed that last visit (our first visit). Will make sure we catch it this time.
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doh! I looked, but for some reason I didn't see that...seems that it's really heating up today though...
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I don't know is this necessarily means the end of the lights altogether...I can think of other potential locations for them, but I don't know if Disney wants the expense anymore...after all, they didn't want to put up Lights of Winter at Epcot any more, and that was tiny in comparison.
They moved them once before from the residential street in the backlot to the current location. I would stop coming for the holidays if the lights were to be discontinued. I am still bitter about the lights of winter being discontinued.
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I hope they don't get rid of them forever
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I agree if they do away with Osborne light I will discontinue my trip for the Christmas season. It was a blow when they removed the lights at Epcot this would be the final straw. I do most of my Christmas shopping there and spend quite a bit of money.
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They moved them once before from the residential street in the backlot to the current location. I would stop coming for the holidays if the lights were to be discontinued. I am still bitter about the lights of winter being discontinued.
I miss the lights of Winter!!
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I miss the lights of Winter!!
Why was that discontinued?
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Why was that discontinued?
The tech was "too old" for them to fix...at least that was the excuse.
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The tech was "too old" for them to fix...at least that was the excuse.
http://attractionsmagazine.com/blog/...hway-at-epcot/

I wonder why they can't just replace them with LED lights instead. In our area the last few years, the electric company has offered free LED x-mas lights when you trade in your older incandescent ones.
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I wonder why they can't just replace them with LED lights instead. In our area the last few years, the electric company has offered free LED x-mas lights when you trade in your older incandescent ones.
It wasn't the lights themselves, but the controllers that were obsolete.
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There is strong consideration to moving the lights onto Hollywood Blvd and downsizing them.
Streets of America is unique -- it's a "land" with no attraction, merchandise, or Food and Beverage locations. The only real operational use for it is for Osborne Lights. That's a lot of unused real estate generating no money and offering very little in utilized capacity.
When Streets of America debuted, it was part of the Backlot Tour. The trams would drive through the section and one could see a "bank robbery" scene on the street. Through the years, Backlot Tour has been downsized, shrunken, and forgotten in terms of creative design.
Hollywood Studios could only benefit at this point from reinventing this space. The entire south corner of the park is dead at night, causing overcrowding everywhere else.
Also, Osborne Lights were originally billed as a "temporary" offering. It was through surprise amounts of positive metrics that they have survived this long. The Techs that install, run, and remove the show are seldom Disney techs. They are normally Techs from the local union hall -- more expensive to employ as they aren't eligible for benefits, and must be coompensated in cash for per diem, healthcare, etc.
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