Farewell to Osborne Lights

Recently, Disney Fans all mourned together at the announcement that the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights would be permanently closed after the 2015 holiday season.  This show has had a 20-year run, and it has been a fan favorite throughout.  

A little history: the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was actually borne out of a family's Christmas Display.  There are several articles online that will give you a full run-down on the timeline, but suffice it to say, the display started out "small" with 1000 lights, and gradually grew to the point where the family purchased the houses on either side of theirs in order to increase it!  Eventually they added a hanging canopy, and it's said that the display was so bright that airplanes could see it from 80 miles away.  As you can imagine, the neighbors were none too happy with the traffic...

Eventually the Disney Company got wind of the display and thought it would be perfect for decorating the Streets of America in what was then Disney-MGM Studios. It has been a smash hit since.  I mean, who can resist millions of twinkling lights synced to great music?

So why the closure? Well, if you follow Disney news at all, you've heard that Hollywood Studios is expanding.  Now there will be both a Star Wars Land and a Toy Story Land.  This necessitated the closure of some of the original attractions to make way for new construction.  Am I excited to see the new offerings? You bet! I think we all are!  The closures, though, still make me sad. 

But back to the lights!  I also love finding Hidden Mickeys - and there were several to spot throughout! There's even one in one of the pictures above! 

Nothing can really replace the experience of actually being there. If you've never had the pleasure, here is a walk through video I did as they were playing Trans Siberian Orchestra's "Carol of the Bells".

Hope you enjoyed this little tribute!