Osborne Family Spectacle Of Lights

UPDATED Show Dates: November 8, 2013 through January 5, 2014

If there's one yearly event at Disney that I would love to see, that I never have, it has to be the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Being held this season from November 10, 2011 through January 3, 2012 the stunning show of Christmas lights is open from Dusk until the Park closes. This world famous display moved to Walt Disney World from it's original home on a residential street in Little Rock, Arkansas. The twinkle and shine on display inspires more and more people every year to build bigger and better Christmas displays at their homes as well.

The Osborne Lights Create Holiday MagicThe Osborne Lights Create Holiday Magic
The Osborne Family Spectacle Of Lights uses over 5 million Christmas lights that blanket the buildings on the Streets of America. The 2011 features several new advances in technology; every light is now LED which use much less electricity than incandescent lights do. This blanket of lights is punctuated with motifs that are key to the holiday season such as "colorful wreaths, twirling carousels, flying angels, Santa and his reindeer," spectacular trees and a giant rotating globe. Every single feature lights up, twinkles, and "dances" to the music in a choreographed sensory symphony.

The Spectacle of Lights includes:

  • 5 million lights
  • 32 miles of extension cables
  • 66 snow machines
  • 100 gallons of snow fluid a night
  • 43 hidden Mickeys

According to Disney Parks Blog, this year the brilliant show features several "tributes to Jennings Osborne, the creator of this holiday spectacle, who passed away in July." One such tribute includes music from his favorite singer Elvis Presley, with a great rendition of "Here Comes Santa Claus" and five million dancing lights. Watch this great video to see a little of this fantastic display!

The dancing segments cycle roughly every 30-40 minutes, and after each performance, the lights remain steady for about ten minutes before "dancing" again to another holiday music favorite.

Have you seen this Disney Christmas Classic? What's your favorite part? Leave me a comment and let me know what I just shouldn't miss!

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crazycatperson wrote on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 07:13:

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I've seen it three years now. The dancing lights are spectacular, although the steady lights in between the dancing segments are better for picture taking. I don't think there's any particular time or spot that's best - just head to DHS and walk down the Streets of America after dark.

However, out of respect for the wonderful family that gave us the dancing lights, I feel I should point out that according to the WDW website, their name is spelled Osborne without a U.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 13:09:

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Thanks so much for the catch, looks like I had gotten that right in just two places! My fingers must have been running in their own. :-) I went back and edited it.

crazycatperson wrote on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 19:16:

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It's an easy mistake, Kristen, especially since that "other," more famous Osbourne family does spell it with a U.

JoAnn C wrote on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 00:23:

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I love the lights. Every night at 6:00 they have an "opening ceremony" before turning on the lights.

MelissaI wrote on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 12:52:

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I'm hoping to see this for the first time this year, and I'm very excited. However, you have the final date listed as the 3rd and the Disney Parks pages lists it as the 7th. I'm hoping your wrong since I won't be down until the 5th.....?

More importantly, thanks for your great blog -- I read all your posts!

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 14:04:

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Hi Melissa! Worry not, I would absolutely go by what's on the Disney Parks page, when it comes to scheduling!

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