The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was a collection of Christmas lights put on display and set to music in the Streets of America at Hollywood Studios. Millions of light illuminated the area at dusk and remained on for at least an hour after park closing. New music was chosen annually, with many songs returning from prior years.
Iconic images in lights include angels that flap their wings, Santa’s sleigh, several Christmas trees, hidden Mickeys and a black cat.
The show ended with the 2015-2016 Holiday season running from November 6, 2015 to January 6, 2016.
The light display was originally conceived by Jennings Osborne of Little Rock, Arkansas as a gift to his daughter Breezy. In 1986, Breezy wanted her father to decorate their home in lights. The display started with 1000 lights and expanded each year up until 1993. When all was said in done, the Osborne family (Jennings, his wife Mitzi, and Breezy) had purchased the two properties adjacent to his own and setup a light display that featured over 3,000,000 lights.
The display featured a rotating globe with both Little Rock, Arkansas and Bethlehem labeled, a 70 foot tall Christmas tree, a light canopy over the driveway, a choir of angels, and two rotating carousels of lights. In 1993, several neighbors filed a lawsuit against the Osborne family due to the traffic caused by people wanting to see the light display.
After having the number of visible days reduced, the Osbornes were ordered to shut down the display all together in 1995. Disney came calling and set up the initial light display on Residential Street at Disney’s MGM Studios in 1995. Residential Street was part of the Studio Backlot Tour, and the light display gave guests the opportunity to walk through an area of the park previously only available via tram tour. At the time, the display was known as, “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights.”
Christmas fans, guests of all ages.
TIMES GUIDE - OPENING/CLOSING
This location “turned on” at dusk and typically runs at least an hour after park opening.
- Sylvania 2005-2013
- Siemens 2013-2016 (Sylvania operated under Siemens from 2005-2013)
The event debuted in 1995 as The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights and evolved and expanded until its final run in the 2015-2016 Holiday Season.
The show ran along Residential Street through 2002. Construction began in that area in 2003 to make room for Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. The lights were not displayed in 2003 but returned in 2004 along The Streets of America where they remained until their permanent closure in January of 2016.
The extinct, “Lights of Winter” that played during Holidays Around the World at Epcot was a smaller scale version of the Osborne Lights
- “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12-24)” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- “Jingle Bells” by Barbra Streisand
- “A Mad Russian’s Christmas” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano
- “Here Comes Santa Claus” by Elvis Presley
- “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” by Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra
- “Nuttin’ for Christmas” by the Plain White T’s (from the special Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice)
- “Christmas is Starting Now” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (from the Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation special)
- “Winter Wonderland” (Original arrangement by Dan Stamper)
- “What’s This?” by Danny Elfman (from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas)