Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights took it’s final bow in 2015. For information on how Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates the holidays currently, see:

Dad’s Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios page


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights has an interesting history. (You may have already heard it, but read on anyway.) Jennings Osborne is an eclectic (for those of you in Arkansas that means strange, just kidding, sis) millionaire in Little Rock Arkansas who loves holidays.



Through the years Mr. Osborne had built a huge Christmas light display. It reached 3 million lights. The neighbors complained and forced Mr. Osborne to discontinue his display. Uncle Walt’s boys came to the rescue and they shipped the whole kit and caboodle to Orlando.

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

Osborne Family Spectacle of LightsPhoto by Jeff_B.

What you’ll see

The Spectacle of Dancing Lights has grown through the years. It’s now over 5,000,000 lights strong. Disney actually closes a big chunk of Disney Hollywood Studios in August to start putting up the lights. All of the buildings in the backlot are covered with lights that go on and off in conjunction with Christmas music. (Including one of Dad’s favorite Christmas groups Trans Siberian Orchestra.)

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

When it happens

This year the show normally starts around the first weekend of November. In 2013 it will start on November 8 and last until January 2, 2014.


The main street of the Osborne Family Spectacle of LightsPhoto by ShootsNikon

Where you’ll see it

The backlot area is the backdrop for the show. It covers a big area including the area where the houses are located. It will take 30 minutes or more to walk through the show.

Video of the Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Had to include this one. Love the music.

Fun Facts

For several years, Disney made the lights into a 3D experience. You were issued 3D glasses at the beginning and wore them through the ride. It was interesting, but it gave Dad a headache

Dad’s Ride Information Table

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Description: Walking tour through a Christmas light display
Height Requirement – none FASTPASS:no Length of Ride: 30 + minutes
Type of ride: Light Show set to Christmas Music

Dad’s Ratings

Toddlers Pre-Teens Teens Adults Grandparents
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See it for yourself

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Dad’s Bottom Line

The light show is really spectacular. Every year it gets a little better. The music really brings the lights to life or maybe the lights bring the music to life. Whichever it’s quite a show.