Twenty years after the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights first blinked on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios), they will flicker their final farewell when the 2015 holiday season comes to a close. Due to the upcoming construction of Star Wars and Toy Story-themed lands at the park, the light extravaganza has received its eviction notice from the Streets of America (whose days are numbered as well).
We took the following pictures on a Christmas trip in 2014, not knowing it would be our last chance to watch the lights dazzle and dance in sync to a medley of holiday music. It is truly an amazing sight to behold and they will be greatly missed by our family.
- They got their start as an Arkansas father’s Christmas gift to his daughter. When the display swelled to the point that he was in trouble with the law, the Walt Disney Company relocated the lights to Disney-MGM. The lights were static until 2006 when switches were added to allow them to “dance”.
- There are currently 5 million lights in the display – and, for those who love a hunt, over 40 Hidden Mickeys among them! There are also several tributes to the Osborne family sprinkled throughout the show.
- snow machines create a magical snowfall nightly on the Streets of America.
Expect massive crowds in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as longtime fans pay their last respects to the Dancing Lights.
Location: The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights displays nightly early November through the first week of January, kicked off by a lighting ceremony each evening around 5:50pm. Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights are choreographed to dance to a score of holiday tunes. They are officially open evenings until the park closes. Find them in the Streets of America section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort.