Winter/Summerfest – Part Three!

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First and foremost, I apologize for my inexplicable absence recently. I’m back, and I’m here, I promise!

For our third part of our look into the holidays at Disney, we’re going to be looking at something big. And bright.

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The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights takes place on the Streets of America (where the aforementioned umbrella is) every November to late January. The display consists of more than 5 MILLION lights strung around pretty much any surface that sits still long enough for Disney to.

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The story behind the lights goes as follows:

Jennings Osborne, from little Little Rock, Arkansas, began putting up lights on and around his home at the request of his young daughter. Each year, he added to the displays, making them larger and brighter and more elaborate. When he ran out of room on his own property, Osborne bought the two houses on either side of his home so he could continue his creativity.

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Neighbors began to complain about the display, and it was ruled that Osborne’s house, when decorated with the 3 million lights, was a public nuisance. Despite legally barred from creating a “spectacle”, Osborne still lit the display on three nights. He ended up being fined for this.

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In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share the spectacle that the lights had truly become with the world, and Disney brought the lights to WDW. Walt Disney World Resort is now the permanent home for what is now the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

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The pictures honestly do not capture the amazingness that is these lights. In addition to the lights being, well, lit, “snow” falls periodically.

Also, I believe I had called them “dancing” lights before, had I not?

(Sorry this next video is sideways, I’m not sure how to rotate it!)

This one isn’t sideways.

Even the smallest details are dancing.

I truly believe that the Osborne Lights are one of the most special and magical things in Disney. I have never seen a place full of people that are all truly entranced by the lights, happy and dancing through the streets.

Yes, people do dance through the streets.

No, it wasn’t (just) me.

During the day, you can still walk down the Streets of America, but the lights are a bit more unassuming.

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At dusk each day that the lights are running, they are turned on, and run for several hours.

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This year, the lights will be running from November 10th 2011 to January 3rd, 2012. They are absolutely and completely worth a visit if they will be dancing during your trip!

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