Few things say Christmas quite like a light display in front of a house. In fact, many neighborhoods have competitions now – who can have the biggest or best display. If you have a light display contest in your neighborhood, you can’t miss the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – you’ll never quite see Christmas lights in the same way again!
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights started as a display at a the home of Jennings Osborne and his family. It grew to such a huge display that where else would he want to display it but at Walt Disney World, where it has resided since 1995! This display has more than ten MILES of lights and 30 miles of extension cords! Literally millions of lights. There are lights covering every surface – from phone booths, to buildings, to power cords. It takes 20,000 man hours to put up this display every year. That would mean if you alone tried to put these lights up, putting in 8 hours a day, it would take you more than 6 YEARS to put it up!!! And all the lights are synchronized to music. It’s truly a sight to see.
And for those who are environmentally conscious, you’ll be happy to learn that in 2011, there was a major overhaul and all the lights have been swapped out for LED lights.
The lines get long, but trust me, you do NOT want to miss this display! It is on display usually from early/mid November through early January, and is fun for all ages.
Question of the Day: The Osborne Lights are clearly an “after dark” Disney experience along with several other fabulous evening events like fireworks, shows, and parades. What is your favorite thing to see or do “after dark” in the Disney parks?
Nicole is a more recent convert to Disney, and has her husband Corey to thank. As a kid, she went a couple of times and had fun, but didn’t really catch the “Disney bug” until her husband finally convinced her to go in March of 2003. Since then, she goes every opportunity she can, and every time finds something new to explore! She’s a proud Disney Vacation Club owner and mother of two Disneyphiles – ages 5 (Maggie) and 2 (Max). She helps friends and family to plan Disney vacations all year round, and when she can’t be at Disney, she surrounds herself with it. Her house and office have plenty of pictures and souvenirs covering them, so she’s never far away from the magic!
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