Today I have the pleasure of sharing about The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. This display of Christmas lights dates back to 1995 in Walt Disney World. Originally, the lights were on display at the Osborne family’s home in Arkansas. In 1986, Breezy Osborne, daughter of Jennings Osborne, requested lights on the outside of their home. Jennings obliged and put up over 1,000 lights. Each year Jennings added more lights and eventually bought the neighboring properties surrounding his house until the collection grew to over 3 million lights.
In 2004, the lights were moved to the New York Street Set due to the construction of the Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show which involved the demolition of Residential Street. This move included the addition of artificial snow each night. In 2006, they added dimmer relay circuits and control switches to synchronize the lights to music. Below is a video I took during our 2006 trip.
The display is made up of over 10 miles of lighting connected by 30 miles of extension cords. The extension cords and lights are held together using two million ties. Starting in September, it takes 20,000 man-hours to install the display for the holiday season. The lights are turned on at dusk each night, starting in mid-November and running into the first week of January.
This light display has been voted as one of the top 10 Christmas Lights in the USA several times. If you are going to be at Walt Disney World in November or December, I think it is a MUST to schedule a time to view these lights. I have seen them many times over the years starting in 1999. It’s been a joy to see them progress into the display they are today! You can read an interview with Jennings from 2002 on the All Ears web site.
Jennings died this past July due to heart issues at the age of 67. I’m pretty confident that Disney will do an awesome job each year honoring the life and legacy of Mr. Osborne! Thanks for your contribution to the Most Magical Place on Earth!
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