Walt Disney World is getting ready for its extended holiday season, and that includes the Christmas lights spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios known as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (casually called the Osborne Spectacle of Lights or Osborne Dancing lights) is a seasonal display, and a annual holiday tradition for many Walt Disney World guests. Millions of lights adorn the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) for the Osborne Spectacle of Lights. The spectacular part comes not just from the number of lights, but from their presentation.
In addition to the lights covering the Streets of America’s façades and its neighborhood props, Osborne Spectacle of Lights showcase holiday-themed animated displays and 3-D effects that are synchronized to holiday music. Snow even magically falls lightly in the Streets of America during Osborne Spectacle of Lights.
The Osborne Dancing Lights display takes place every evening from Nov. 7, 2013 to Jan. 6, 2014. This year, the Osborne Spectacle of Lights adds some extra holiday magic with “Glow With the Show” Mouse Ears, which are programmed to light up during key moments of Disney’s after-dark events.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights begin generally at 6:00 p.m. during its run. There is a short opening ceremony to mark each evening. The Christmas holiday display is free with admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
What is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights?
For those new to the holiday display, the Osborne Dancing Lights started with Jennings Osborne, an Arkansas businessman who created lights for his daughter. Originally a home display, the Osborne Spectacle of Lights grew bigger and more elaborate every year until it outgrew the Osborne’s neighborhood. Walt Disney World brought the Christmas display to DHS after it outgrew its local home.
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The Osborne Dancing Lights is filled with touches that bring Christmas to Walt Disney World. The lights do indeed “dance” periodically (approximately every 10 minutes) to the holiday music, providing an extra-festive atmosphere to the display.
Disney guests who visit DHS will also see the Osborne Spectacle of Lights includes holiday figures and light sculptures, including Santa and his reindeer, toy soldiers, a “Peace on Earth” spinning display, a carousel of angels and Hanukkah decorations. Holiday tunes fill the air, featuring both classic and contemporary music.
The Osborne Spectacle of Lights display includes things that remember Jennings Osborne, who passed away in 2011. Look especially for the black cat, part of Jennings’s Halloween display that found its way to Disney. Locating its place in the annual display can be something of a scavenger hunt, adding yet another fun touch to the holiday experience.
All these holiday elements make Streets of America a particularly picturesque setting to enjoy Christmas at Walt Disney World. Many guests will make a special trip to DHS just to visit the Osborne Spectacle of Lights: soaking in the sights, taking pictures, and noshing on seasonal treats and drinking hot chocolate.
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