It’s the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the park is offering the Merry and Bright Dessert Party as a special way to say goodbye. I recently had an opportunity to attend the party, and I must say it was a perfect way to savor one of my last visits to see the beloved display.
You check in for the party near the stunt show stadium, and don’t be intimidated by the long line to get in. It moves very rapidly once they open the seating area. The party is held under the globe and angels, so you have a perfect view looking down the street. I chose a table right at the street end that gave me a nice perspective as songs played and the lights danced throughout the evening.
The dessert party most certainly fulfills its name, with a wide variety of Christmas-themed goodies that are replenished throughout the night. Be sure to try the cobble and get a scoop of gelato on top. I thought that it was vanilla but was thrilled to learn that it’s actually buttered popcorn flavor. Yum! The treats are served buffet style, so graze to your heart’s content throughout the evening. You can see some of them in the slideshow in this article.
There are also plenty of adult beverages to keep your warm, along with non-alcoholic options. Granted, it was still in the upper 80s on the night I attended, but they still went down so smooth. I love anything with Fireball Whiskey, so they had a perfect option for me. I even tried the minty hot chocolate to put me in a Christmas frame of mind despite the heat. It’s not hard to get into a chilly mindset when you’re in the midst of all of those lights.
The Merry and Bright Dessert Party is very information. You simply get desserts and beverages as you wish throughout the evening, and you can go in and out as often as you wish during the designated party time. In seeing the crowd outside the fence, I decided I was much more content just to hang out in the party area. I waited until the end of the evening, when people finally starting leaving the park, to head out and enjoy the Osborne lights at my leisure (they stay on for an hour after park closing time).
The $69 adult ticket (kids are $39) includes a stadium blanket in red or blue with a special Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights emblem. It’s a useful gift and a nice reminder of so many years of Christmas joy from the lights.
I highly recommend the party, and I liked it so much that I booked the Merry and Bright Dinner, which runs on January 1, 2, and 3 (I booked the last night so I can literally say goodbye to the lights at the bitter end). There really was no downside; the tables are pretty close together, so it’s tricky to navigate, especially when you’re balancing food and drinks, but that was the only drawback that I noticed.
While I was at the party, I had a chance to chat with Kate Pappas of Creative Entertainment. Click the video accompanying this article for the interview.
If you plan to do the party and want a few tips, jump to this article. For the best things about the party, go here.