Disney Vacation Guide: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney World Hollywood Studios ©Disney World

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney World Hollywood Studios ©Disney World

Seasonal Disney Light Display

It’s beginning to to look a lot like Christmas on the Streets of America at Hollywood Studios theme park. From November till early January, the backlot sparkles with millions of lights and three-dimensional animated displays. Synchronized to seasonal tunes, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one of the top holiday light shows in Disney, one where wishes feel possible. Sway to the music as Santa guides his reindeer, angels fly and carousels spin, all within a techno-colored light show. Carousels spin in multi-colored lights, trees are blanketed with glitter and building facades shimmer in the light display and even snow flurries swirl for a seasonal effect. And then, about  every 10 minutes, the lights fade and then pop back dancing to a medley of holiday music.
The History

The imagineer behind this light display is Jennings Osborne. Originally created on his home in Arkansas as a modest holiday gift for his daughter, the cluster of lights were added to over the years till it became quite the light show! In 1995, Santa’s elves at Walt Disney World bedazzled the streets of America at Hollywood Studios theme park and it became the permanent home for Osborne’s display of yuletide cheer.

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More Information:

  • Highlight: Be part of a holiday light show.
  • When: November 10, 2011–December 7, 2011 and December 9, 2011–January 7, 2012.
  • Where: Streets of America, Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Cost: Free with admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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