Picture this: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

10 miles of twinkling Osborne rope lights

Every photo has a story.

I do believe this is what Clark Griswold used for inspiration when he decorated his home in “Christmas Vacation.”

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was created by Jennings Osborne.  A successful Arkansas businessman, Jennings and his wife bought a large estate in the middle of Little Rock in the mid-70’s.  When their six-year-old daughter, “Breezy,” made a simple request for Christmas decorations in 1986, Jennings began his eventually epic-Mickey sized Christmas display with about 1,000 lights.  Years passed, and the decoration collection grew.  When it outgrew his house, he bought the two homes next door and decorated those too.

Picture this…when the Christmas light count went over two million in 1995, all the Osbourne lights were all shipped to Walt Disney World.  And the Clark Griswold in each of us rejoiced, for now they belong to all the holiday visitors at Hollywood Studios. Entire buildings on the Streets of America are covered in sheets of multi-colored lights, and thousands more lights form twirling carousels, heavenly angels, and Santa with his reindeer.  Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights dim and then dramatically come back to life, all choreographed to festive holiday music.  Some nights, as an extra dose of Disney Magic, the light show is topped off with a flurry of Florida snow.

Longing to set your inner-Griswold free this holiday season?

Jennings Osborne had some words of decorating wisdom before his passing earlier this year. “Just have fun. Decorate lawn chairs and tire swings- everything. Be creative.”

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included with your standard admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.  The lights will whirl and twinkle from now through January 7, 2012.  That cup or two of Disney hot chocolate you’ll want to buy on your way to the light show will run you a little extra.  You’ ll want to bring along your camera too.

Thanks for stopping by for a Disney photographical ride!

And now you tell us at Meet the Magic…will you go see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Gancing Lights show this year?

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1 comment for “Picture this: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

  1. Jud
    December 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

    A video is worth a thousand words? From Christmas Eve 2009…

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