Disney announced yesterday that a new holiday lighting spectacular will soon be temporarily replacing the popular Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks display just in time for the holiday season. The Osbourne Family Light Spectacular (not to be confused with the Osborne Family Lights which used to enchant guests prior to the Streets of America refurbishment) will delight guests with Christmas lights and music, lasers, rock and/or roll music, fireworks and snowfall.
The new fireworks show will be designed by former Black Sabbath frontman and music legend Ozzy Osbourne, and will feature a nightly audio recording of Ozzy narrating a Christmas story while pyro and lasers dazzle the audience.
The Osborne Family Lights was a mainstay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from it’s debut in 1995 until it’s final bow at the end of the 2015 holiday season. It was discontinued because the space was needed for the new Star Wars and Toy Story expansions. That’s when Disney received an unexpected call.
“Within a week of the Osborne Family Lights being discontinued we received call from Ozzy [Osbourne],” Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III, Vice President of Disney’s Holiday Décor Division said. “We were surprised, to say the least. What we could gather from the phone call was that he wanted to fill the void left behind by the Osborne family… at least I think that’s what he said. He’s very hard to understand.”
Geronimo proceeded to tell us that Ozzy designed the laser and fireworks show and that he recorded audio of himself reading various Christmas stories, to be played during the new fireworks spectacular.
“I’m delighted to be part of such an important piece to Walt Disney World’s globally-recognized holiday celebration,” Ozzy Osbourne told us through an interpreter. “Many people plan their Walt Disney World vacations around seeing how Disney decorates their parks during the holidays. I am so excited to be a part of this celebration.”
The online community seems to be taking the news quite well. We spoke with Randall Slater, who is a theme park blogger for a popular site about his reaction to the news.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Slater said, with not even a hint of sarcasm detected. “People LOVED the Star Wars fireworks, so sure! Why not? Let’s replace it so that people are subject to more Christmas bullshit!”
Despite Slater’s enthusiasm, the new Osbourne Family Light Spectacular will only be around this holiday season. The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks show will resume at the beginning of January 2017.