From November 9 through January 6, from dusk until park closing you can behold the wonder that is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The amount of lights involved is phenomenal. The display is made up of over 10 miles of rope lighting connected by another 30 miles of extension cords. The extension cords and lights are held together using two million ties. It takes 20,000 man-hours to install the display each holiday season, starting in September and requires 800,000 watts of electricity.
Every 10 minutes or so, the lights dim and then spectacularly spring to life, all beautifully choreographed to traditional holiday music.
On certain nights just to further enhance the magic, the show ends with an enchanted flurry of snow.
When going to visit this attraction, it is worth knowing the story that lead to the exhibit being in Orlando. The Osborne family began their exhibit of lights in Arkansas at the request of their 6-year-old daughter. As the years progressed, they continued to improve the exhibit annually with more features and lights. To aid the display, the Osborne Family even purchased two of the adjacent properties.
At one point the family had over 3 million lights in use. The display lasted for 35 days per year during the Christmas season from sundown to midnight. People from all over traveled to see the spectacle, causing much traffic and congestion. Neighbors grew tired of the chaos and filed an injuction, citing they had concerns emergency vehicles would be unable to access the street. The court case brought about national attention. During this time, Disney contacted the Osbornes requesting that the display be brought to Orlando. The Osbornes, also Disney fans, decided to take Disney up on their offer. In 1995, the display was added to Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios).
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included with standard admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and in my opinion, is not to be missed – keep an eye out for all the Hidden Mickeys and let us know is you spot any new ones this year.