Terrific Tuesdays: Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Walt Disney World is known as the most magical place on Earth. Add Christmas time to that, I find nothing more magical. There are many holiday activities around Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorites is Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios.

This awe inspiring display of lights began from the Osborne family of Little Rock, Arkansas. Jennings Osborne, began with a simple display of 1000 holiday lights for his daughter as a Christmas gift. It continued to grow until it outgrew their family home. The houses on both sides of their home were purchased to expand the display. In 1994 there were legal battles over the extravagant display. It became known as a public nuisance. After some discussion the Osborne Family moved their holiday display to the Walt Disney World Resort in 1995.

This display includes more than 5 million lights, 32 miles of extension cords, 66 snow machines, 100 gallons of snow fluid each night, 43 hidden Mickeys, and a hidden black cat left over from a Halloween display.

This is definitely not to be missed! The lights dance to choreographed music. There is a 9-10 song sequence. It takes about an hour to complete the entire rotation since the lights stay lit after each song for a few minutes. I often find myself getting teary eyed as I watch the lights dance and the snow fall. It truly adds another magical element to the holidays.

There is no place I can think of where I have seen a Christmas tree with over 100,000 lights! If your holiday plans take you to Walt Disney World I highly suggest you plan an evening visit to Hollywood Studios. One of the best parts, Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included in your park admission.

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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