I’m a tad bit embarrassed to admit we’re back at Disney World for a week. We spent 7 magical days running from one ride to the next, thrilled that in November, lines are short.
One of the many amazing things we saw just started last night as we took our final heavy steps on our last day around Hollywood Studios. We caught the first day of the The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the New York Street set towards the back of the park.
This light show was donated by Jennings and Mitzi Osborne, from Little Rock, Arkansas, who had almost ALL of these lights on their home and property (the Osborne’s donated more than 3.2 million lights and Disney has added 2 million to bring the show to a whopping 5 million lights). I have scoured the internet for a photo of their home, but alas, no luck!
The original Osborne light show included (thanks Wikipedia for the following):
- an illuminated globe, with Little Rock and Bethlehem marked, mounted in the back yard;
- two rotating carousels of lights, placed on each end of the estate’s circular driveway;
- a 70-foot-tall Christmas tree of lights with 80,000 lights in three colored layers, mounted atop the home’s kitchen; and
- a canopy of 30,000 red lights over a section of the driveway.
But the Osborne’s neighbors were none too pleased with all the traffic and brightness, and the Osborne’s fought a 7-year court battle which ultimately forced them to turn the lights off.
Enter Disney World.
The Osborne’s donated the whole she-bang to Disney World, where it finds a prominent home at Hollywood Studios.
I’m hoping the family received lifetime passes to any Disney Park.
And lodging at the Grand Floridian.
And the meal plan, with the 3-meal option and all the desserts they can eat.
And of course, Disney ran with it: choreographed music/dancing and running lights; SNOW!; crowds; magic!
The type is backwards, but otherwise an excellent view down the street.
So if you make it to Disney World this holiday season, don’t miss it! Lucky for us, the lights went on Monday night and we’re on a plane home this morning…
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