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Old 09-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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We're going to have one shot at seeing the Osborne Lights...

We're doing a quick weekend trip the first weekend of January. We've never been during the holidays and the Lights are on the must do list.

I'm a bit confused on the timing though. Do they always start around 6, or is dusk earlier at that time of the year?

There is a Fantasmic showing at 6:30 on the night we will be there. Is it best to skip that? The park is only open until 8 that night.

I would be totally fine with skipping F! but we will have one in our party that has never been to WDW. Wondering if she will be able to see both, or not?
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Wondering the same thing. Seems like I read something last year about you could go to see the lights after Fantasmic.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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If you want to see the actual lights turning on then you need to be there when it starts. The light show will go on well past the park closing so you could watch Fantasmic! then go watch the Olights.
There is alot of 'show' to see with the lights and you can watch them for along time, enjoying the snow, the music and all the dancing lights. It's cool to see them come on, but not a deal breaker if you want to do both things.

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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I may be remembering this incorrectly, but I think when I saw the Osborne Lights a few years ago, it was kind of a 15-minute or so "show," so every 15 minutes or so, the lights went off for a few minutes then would go back on so you got the full effect of all the lights going on at once even if you missed the very beginning. But someone feel free to correct this if I'm totally wrong...I had had a strong drink at 50's Primetime that night.

By the way, even if you only have a few minutes, you must see the Osborne Lights! I never really "got" it until I saw it for myself--but it was unbelievable.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:19 PM   #5
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oo that would be cool...coz I thought once they turned on they stayed on.
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Interesting. I was thinking today it would be important to see it right at the beginning, but I don't know now.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:40 PM   #7
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If you end up having some sort of conflict I would definitely skip Fantasmic over Osbourne Lights. That being said, when we went Thanksgiving week we were able to do both .
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I may be remembering this incorrectly, but I think when I saw the Osborne Lights a few years ago, it was kind of a 15-minute or so "show," so every 15 minutes or so, the lights went off for a few minutes then would go back on so you got the full effect of all the lights going on at once even if you missed the very beginning. But someone feel free to correct this if I'm totally wrong...I had had a strong drink at 50's Primetime that night.

By the way, even if you only have a few minutes, you must see the Osborne Lights! I never really "got" it until I saw it for myself--but it was unbelievable.
Unless they've changed it since 2007 (the last time I saw them), you're remembering incorrectly. About every 15 minutes or so, the lights "dance" to music, which involves sections of the lights turning on and off, but they don't go all off at once. You can see a video of the dancing, as well as a complete overview of the attraction here:

http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized...holiday-menus/

And Bev J is absolutely correct - you can see the lights well after Fantasmic. In fact, when I've gone, I've watched them for a good hour after I've gotten there from Fantasmic. What's particularly nice is that while they are rather crowded when you first get there after Fantasmic, it doesn't take long for it to thin out. I'd say that after 15 minutes I saw a noticeable difference, and after half an hour, it was almost deserted.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:29 AM   #9
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We were there last thanksgiving, and did both as well. After 1st F! Show, there was a mad rush to the lights, so we ate, and then headed down, since I had read on here that they stayed on for another hour after closing. They do dance to music every 15 min. or so, and it's nice to be able to take your time and see everything when it is quieter. We were there the whole time, and kept discovering new things and spotting hidden mickeys. It is as PP mentioned unbelievable till you see if for yourself - I took hundreds of pictures and video, but it doesn't do it justice - truly awesome! It was our favorite thing, and I'm so sad we won't be there this year Enjoy!

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:05 AM   #10
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look for the black cat! (it was a halloween decoration the Osbournes had accidentally mixed in with all the christams stuff. the CMs put it in a dif. spot every year)
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:02 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the great info. I can't wait to see the lights in person!
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If you have a car you should also drive through Celebration. Many of the houses have their lights synced to radio stations. Some make it snow and have holograms. Also you can take a sleigh ride and see it snow downtown Celebration.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #13
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In 2010 there was a Phineas and Ferb segment and at one point Dr Doofenschmirtz makes all of the lights go out briefly. Other than that the lights dance to the music, but they don't all go off at once.
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We're doing a quick weekend trip the first weekend of January. We've never been during the holidays and the Lights are on the must do list.

I'm a bit confused on the timing though. Do they always start around 6, or is dusk earlier at that time of the year?

There is a Fantasmic showing at 6:30 on the night we will be there. Is it best to skip that? The park is only open until 8 that night.

I would be totally fine with skipping F! but we will have one in our party that has never been to WDW. Wondering if she will be able to see both, or not?
HockeyMomNH. This is a bit off topic but I absolutely love your cakes. I tried to find more pictures but the shutterfly link isn't working. Do you own a bakery or are you a pastry chef? If not, how did you learn to make such outrageous cakes?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:53 PM   #15
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Definately see the lights after F! Best of both worlds!
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