Osborne Holiday Lights

One of our favorite things to do at Disney this time of year is to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios. Each year in November, the Streets of America area at the Studios is transformed with millions of lights to celebrate the Christmas season. Each night at about 6:00 pm, the lights are turned on, and it is amazing! The lights are on constantly but about every 20 minutes they go into a synchronized routine with the music. Then to top it all off, it snows!!!It is a truly magical experience, full of holiday cheer!

The lights came to the Studios directly from the Osborne family. Mr. Osborne started the lavish decorations for his daughter by covering there very large house in lights. Over the years the display grew and grew, attracting thousands of people every year. Eventually, the family was sued by their neighbors over all the trouble the event was causing. The lights were boxed up until an agreement was made to bring the lights to the Studios in 2005. They have been there every year since, with the exception of one, when the display was moved from Residential Street to its current location.

Some of my personal favorites are the globe with the phrase “Peace on Earth” over it it, the angels flying overhead, the Christmas tree, and the black cat. The story goes that one piece of Osborne’s halloween display, the black cat, was accidentally packed up with the Christmas decorations. Every year, the designers move the cat to a different hiding place. For those in the know, it has become a bit of scavenger hunt, looking for the cat each year.

If you are at the parks during this time of year, this is a must see. The lights are an amazing display of creativity and engineering. While this is one of the most popular elements of the Studios each year, many are wondering what their future will be. With so much construction coming to the parks, it is possible the lights will have to find a new home away from Streets of America. It is also rumored that in the future, the winner of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” might get to design part of the display the following year. No matter what changes come, the lights will continue to delight guests for years to come!