It's no secret that The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios is one of the most dazzling holiday displays in all of Orlando. Topping over 5 million synchronized lights that "dance" to a variety of beloved holiday tunes, this is one celebration guaranteed to add sparkle to your Orlando visit this holiday season.
In 1995, Walt Disney World acquired the thousands of light strands, spinning carousels and angels figures from Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne. And over the years, Disney has added even more spectacle to what Osborne originally created. Nightly snowfalls, dynamic music, up and down the street, add to the full yuletide effect of this event which runs now through January 4, 2015, and is included with your regular park admission.
Visit Orlando's holiday revelers got the inside scoop from the Disney Show Producers. Here are our top ten secrets revealed before you go.
#1. Hidden Mickeys -- Every year, the event debuts with a handful of "hidden Mickey's" made from the light strands. More are added throughout the event. Look close! Some are pretty obvious for little ones to easily find while some may unknowingly, be staring you in the face.
#2. Halloween Cat -- Somewhere hidden in the display is a peculiar purple cat figure. It was mistakenly taken from the Osborne family's Halloween display back in 1995. Its location randomly changes throughout the run of the show. Make it a game and see if you can spot it.
#3. The Light Canopy -- The large overhead canopy is not created from traditional Christmas light strands. It's actually a large video screen made from individual RGB video nodes (each node has a single red, green and blue LED). These nodes can be customized to create over a trillion different color effects.
Extra Secret: Look up! Jack Skellington makes a special appearance in the light canopy at the end of the music track from "The Nightmare Before Christmas - What's This?"
#4. Mickey and Santa Figures -- Osborne fabricated a larger than life figure of Mickey Mouse and Santa Clause shaking hands. If you look close you'll notice that they're both shaking with their left hands, also known as the Scout Handshake - a token of respect and friendship from the heart.
#5. Lone White Angel -- In memory of Osborne's life and legacy, including his extensive philanthropic work, a solid white angel was added in 2011 by the Disney technicians. The tribute is located in the display of suspended angels near the rotating globe.
#6. The Flying Kite -- Across from the Premiere Theater is a large snowman flying a kite. Other than the fact that there is normally a hidden Mickey in the kite, this scene is a significant one. It represents Osborne's first date with his wife where they flew a kite together.
Extra Secret: Before seeing the lights grab your family some holiday treats like an Olaf caramel apple or a gingerbread flavored hot cocoa at Sweet Spells on Sunset Boulevard. You'll thank us later!
#7. 'Woooo! Pig Sooie!' -- The Osborne family is from Little Rock, Arkansas and huge supporters of the Razorbacks. As a tribute to the family's hometown team, a razorback is placed at the end of the Streets of America by the Disney technicians and a favorite among Arkansas fans.
#8. Osborne Family Stockings -- While enjoying the show along the Streets of America, don't forget to find the Osborne family stockings. Each family member has a personalized stocking which hangs above a giant fireplace.
Photo courtesy of Janet Glaser
#9. Nativity Scene -- Located at the end of Streets of America is a life size nativity scene. If you've ever gone to Epoct during the holidays, this scene may look familiar to you. Indeed, Osborne bought the nativity scene that was located at the Italy Pavilion in Epcot and added it to his light display at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
#10. Original Displays -- All the original icons that were in Osborne's yard in Arkansas are still part of the display today: the giant globe, the 100 flying angels, the twirling carousels, the flying Santas and reindeer, the red canopy of lights, the 70 foot tree and all the other figurines of elves, snowmen and carolers.
Extra Secret: This year, Olaf makes his holiday debut wearing a Santa hat and scarf. He and other exclusive "Frozen" treasures are available at the Legends of Hollywood gift shop on Sunset Boulevard.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is just one of the many Holly Jolly Christmas and Holiday Events in Orlando happening now through New Year's Day. Contact one of our Official Travel Counselors to help plan holly jolly holiday traditions that will have your family singing "fa-la-la-la" all the way home.