Disney World Events

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Disney's Hollywood Studios

November 6, 2015 through January 3, 2016

Due to upcoming construction, 2015 is the final year for the Dancing Lights.
Open from Dusk until Park Closing


Merry & Bright Dessert Party - reservations now open!

11/6-12/24/15 from 7-8:30pm (will not take place 11/17, 12/9 and 12/18)

12/25-12/30/15 from 8:30-10pm

This includes a reserved viewing location overlooking the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with holiday-themed desserts, specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sodas, water, tea and coffee.  Each guest will receive a keepsake roll-up stadium blanket.  Cost is $69 for adults and $39 for children (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity included.


Merry & Bright Dinner Reception - reservations now open!

1/1/16 from 8:30-10pm

1/2-1/3/16 from 7-8:30pm

Enjoy a reserved viewing location for the Dancing Lights at this buffet reception with offerings such as beef, shrimp and turkey, as well as wine, beer and specialty beverages. Each guest will receive a custom keepsake shadow box featuring an Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights bulb.  Cost is $99 for adults and $$54 for children (ages 3-9). Tax and gratuity included.


The viewing location for both events will be at the end of the Streets of America near the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.  Check in up to one hour prior to event.  To make reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or online.

Osborne Family Lights at MGM StudiosDisney's Hollywood Studios is again hosting the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights "dance" to holiday music, while "Florida snow" falls in the background, making this the perfect Christmas setting.

There are all sorts of easy-to-overlook details that will leave you smiling. A few to look for: the infamous mannequin leg lamp from "A Christmas Story," check out what show is on the TV, and look for the cat that the designers hide every year.

Santa Goofy will make nightly appearances on the Streets of American and greet guests in Goofy's Winter Wonderland, an area in Tri-City Square.

If you have any Made with Magic merchandise (formerly known as Glow With the Show), they will work here and will glow in sync with the music!



History of the Osborne Lights

Osborne LightsAs the story goes, Arkansas resident Jennings Osborne and his family were very big on the Holidays. In 1986, Jennings asked his youngest daughter Breezy what her Christmas wish was. She replied that she would like to see their whole house covered in lights. They had quite a large house but Jennings was determined to make his daughter's Christmas dream come true. That first year the Osborne family covered their home with a modest 1,000 red lights. With each passing year, the family wanted to do more. The Osbornes eventually purchased property adjacent to their own in order to expand on their newfound hobby.

The display grew to millions of lights. There were flashing lights, multi-colored lights, custom-made light sculptures and a 75-foot Christmas tree adorned by lights. This drew onlookers from all over Arkansas. Displeased by the resulting traffic jams, the local residents asked that the Osborne family stop the annual display. Legal intervention was sought, and it appeared that the Osborne's beloved tradition was about to come to an end. When Mickey Mouse got word of this, he offered a venue where the Osborne lights could be shared with visitors from around the globe. In 1995, Residential Street at the Disney's Hollywood Studios became the home of this dazzling light show.

In 2003, Residential Street began undergoing a major renovation in preparation of the new stunt show scheduled to open in 2005. For the first time in 8 years, the Osborne lights were not displayed.  Fortunately, a new home was found for this magical attraction. The Streets of America (formerly New York Street) is now hosting the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.


As in years past, once evening descends, this amazing display springs to life. Formerly drab buildings become twinkling light sculptures, while a host of angels fly overhead. Visitors are welcome to stroll through at their own pace. With over 5 Million Christmas lights, this is not to be missed. To enhance the experience, Florida "snow" flutters down while Christmas tunes fill the air.

In recent years, the lights have all been converted to energy-efficient LED lights.  Scenes and music from the ABC holiday show "Prep & Landing" have also been added. 

Admission to the display is free with admission to the park, and it's a MUST SEE if you're visiting Walt Disney World over the holidays.



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