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Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

I didn’t make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios until late in the season. That was a shame because the park had some great holiday fare this year. The chief of which was the annual mega-christmas light show in the Streets of America. For 2011, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was upgraded with a new fiber optic canopy of lights that took 14 days to program. It definitely added new life to the experience and drew plenty of applause from the crowds. Here’s a quick highlight video:

While the whole display is a tribute to the Osborne family, Jennings Osborne, the family’s father, died earlier this year and a new ‘Razorback’ light sculpture has been added in his honor.

Also nice, although not necessarily new (I think it was added last year, but memory fails) was a window display with images from previous year’s Osborne displays. This was pretty neat and I hope Disney makes it available on Youtube or Slideshare at some point.

Thank you to all the artists and technicians who worked hard and long to make this display so beautiful. You made our whole group’s night.

2 thoughts on “Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. Couple of things.
    First, I have vid, as yet unpublished, close up of the last appearance of the whole family at the “turn on” of the lights, last year. I was thrilled to see the actual creator of the display and the daughter who inspired it.
    Second, I remember the first time I saw this, pre-digital photog days, on the residential street in Hollywood Studios and how amazed I was! Almost breathless as I moved down the street with the mob at opening time and intermittently trying to find someway to use some of my limited supply of film to get something that would capture some degree of this amazing display! And seeing, sensing that no picture was going to capture such, “giving up” on that pretty much and just taking in the moment. It was very different then, much more limited viewing- no way to see the whole thing in one view. Much more like a real home town display taken to the ultimate. Much better show now, but the residential street display was more “real” for the common folk? In any case, a very different thing and quite amazing in a different way.
    Remember Jennings Osborne.



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