The Merry and Bright Dessert Party is a new way to enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Disney offers a variety of special dessert parties for things like Frozen Summer Fun, Illuminations, and the Wishes fireworks, but the Osborne offering at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is brand new. It’s also very limited, as this is the last year for the Osborne light display, but it’s a special opportunity to wish them farewell in style.
If you want to get maximum enjoyment from the party, follow these five tips. It’s nearly impossible not to have a great time, but these hints will make a good experience even better.
If you’d like to read my personal review of the party, go here. For a slideshow of scenes, jump to this article, and go here for the best things about the party.
Book as soon as possible
Many dates have availability, but that will quickly dwindle as more people learn about the party and finalize their trip schedules. Grab your preferred date now so you won’t lose it later and be disappointed.
Have a light dinner
The desserts are all you can eat, so make sure you leave plenty of room. Have your heavier meal early in the day and enjoy a light dinner prior to the party so you have enough stomach space to sample everything that catches your fancy. The party is all inclusive, so try each dessert that looks tempting and indulge in all of the drinks. Don’t feel guilty, as there’s plenty for everyone.
The line to get into the Merry and Bright Dessert Party gets quite long, although it moves quickly once the area opens. Ensure that you’re toward the front for the best seat choice. If you’re spending the day elsewhere and coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the evening, be prepared for long lines at the entrance, too, as many people come just to enjoy the lights.
Pick a seat near the lights
If you get in early enough, you’ll have your pick of tables. Don’t head for the food first. Grab a table near the end of the street where you have a perfect view of the lights. There’s plenty of food and drink, so prime table choice should be your priority.
Stay until the end
The party runs for 90 minutes, and there’s no need to rush. You can go in and out of the party area, but I recommend just relaxing there and grazing until the end. The lights stay on for an hour after the park closes, and the crowd diminishes as it gets late. Wait until the party ends, then take your time out on the street enjoying the lights at your leisure until they turn off.