With over 5 million lights the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is one the biggest, and brightest, that can be found in Walt Disney World.
The show was originally found in Little Rock Arkansas at the home of the Osborne family. The display started with the house and only 1000 lights, which is only 400 more than my Christmas tree at home. It wasn’t long, though, until the lights expanded into a tourist attraction. Jennings Osborne, the founder of the display, even had to purchase two adjacent lots just to fit the displays he was amassing.
However, it seems that the abundance of holiday cheer brought out the worst in Osborne’s neighbors. They complained about the traffic his show caused, as well as the light generated by the show well into the evenings. It got to the point where the courts even told the family that their display was no longer allowed. That’s where Disney came in.
The closure of the spectacle gained national attention and soon the family was given an offer by Disney to buy the display to be put into Hollywood Studios. At fisrt it was installed on Residential Street, a part of the original Backlit tour that was removed to make room for ‘Light’s Motor’s Action’ a few years back. The display has been lighting up the Streets of America every Christmas since.
The show is kicked off with a light dusting of ‘snow’ as Santa Goofy flips the switch. Every building is lit to the fullest, strings of lights hang over the streets and everything is even set up to ‘dance’ to the music at certain times of the night!
The show has expanded since the purchase with Disney adding in the additional 2 million lights as well as over 40 hidden mickeys interspersed throughout the display. My favorite part is tucked away in a small nook down one of the ‘alleyways’. It’s not very big, and not very bright, but it’s a reminder of why we have Christmas, and why this display was started in the first place. Merry Christmas everyone.