It’s been four years since The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last lit up the park, but I thought this Christmas was a great time to take a look back at what was my favorite holiday event at Walt Disney World.
We’ve just passed Halloween, so it’s time for Walt Disney World to start bringing out their Christmas-themed events. One of my favorites is The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I got a sneak peek at this year’s version on Wednesday night.
For those not familiar with the history of the event, it all started in 1986 when Jennings Osborne decorated his Arkansas home to make his daughter happy. It started with 1000 lights, and grew to the point that he had to buy two neighboring homes to hold the light displays. By 1993, there were over 3 million lights, and neighbors filed a lawsuit claiming the traffic driving by to see the lights was too much. Disney caught wind of this and offered to move the display to Walt Disney World.
In 1995, the first Osborne Lights were put up on what was then “Residential Street” on the backlot of the park (which no longer exists). It now occupies the Streets of America area, all the way down to the entrance of Lights! Motors! Action! (which is located where the old Residential Street used to be).
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights returns to light up the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World from November 8, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
This massive seasonal display features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to electrifying holiday tunes amidst snowfall (but don’t try to eat it because it’s not real snow).
This year, Disney’s new Glow With the Show Ears will glow in sync with the lights. How cool is that?
The Osborne Lights come on at dusk nightly, and is included with regular admission to the park. It has been showing at Walt Disney World since 1995.