Type

Walking Tour

Level

D - Major Attraction/Headliner

Status

Extinct

Fastpass+

No


About

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was a collection of Christmas lights put on display and set to music in the Streets of America at Hollywood Studios. Millions of light illuminated the area at dusk and remained on for at least an hour after park closing. New music was chosen annually, with many songs returning from prior years.

Iconic images in lights include angels that flap their wings, Santa's sleigh, several Christmas trees, hidden Mickeys and a black cat.

The show ended with the 2015-2016 Holiday season running from November 6, 2015 to January 6, 2016.

 

Location

Located throughout the Streets of America

 

Appeals To

Christmas fans, guests of all ages.

 

Times Guide – Opening/Closing

This location "turned on" at dusk and typically runs at least an hour after park opening.

 

Story

The light display was originally conceived by Jennings Osborne of Little Rock, Arkansas as a gift to his daughter Breezy. In 1986, Breezy wanted her father to decorate their home in lights. The display started with 1000 lights and expanded each year up until 1993. When all was said in done, the Osborne family (Jennings, his wife Mitzi, and Breezy) had purchased the two properties adjacent to his own and setup a light display that featured over 3,000,000 lights.

The display featured a rotating globe with both Little Rock, Arkansas and Bethlehem labeled, a 70 foot tall Christmas tree, a light canopy over the driveway, a choir of angels, and two rotating carousels of lights. In 1993, several neighbors filed a lawsuit against the Osborne family due to the traffic caused by people wanting to see the light display.

After having the number of visible days reduced, the Osbornes were ordered to shut down the display all together in 1995. Disney came calling and set up the initial light display on Residential Street at Disney's MGM Studios in 1995. Residential Street was part of the Studio Backlot Tour, and the light display gave guests the opportunity to walk through an area of the park previously only available via tram tour. At the time, the display was known as, "The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights."

 

Historical Notes

 

Similar Attractions

The extinct, "Lights of Winter" that played during Holidays Around the World at Epcot was a smaller scale version of the Osborne Lights

 

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