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Behind-The-Scenes: Disney’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 29th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

If you’re as impressed as I am with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights — wait until you see this. We’re sharing a look at some of the behind-the-scenes work behind the millions of lights and displays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

In 1995, Disney World adopted the spinning carousels, angels and figures from Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne. And over the years, Disney has built on what Osborne created.

But what’s kept the spirit of the display going for all of these years has been the crew that puts up the display each year, according to Walt Disney Entertainment’s John Phelan said. Cast members in the warehouse in March and April working on figurines. By summer, a crew of technicians are working to prepare the lights and structures.

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

One of the secrets is that somewhere in the lights, there’s a purple cat figure. It was mistakenly taken from Jenny Osbourne’s Halloween display. Each year, technicians hide the cat among the lights. Can you find it this year?

By the way, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights can be seen through January 4, 2010.

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Denise from VA on December 29th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

MY daughter would like to see another Lion King movie as soon as possible. She enjoyed it so much.


Brian from PA on December 30th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

We found out about the cat during the Yuletide Fantasy Tour. So we spent a good amount of time wandering around the show till we found the cat. But we found it.


Michael from FL on December 30th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

This has become a great tradition for family and friends. I couldn’t imagine a holiday without it!


Jackie on January 3rd, 2010 at 11:23 am

Amazing light display! I enjoyed the “Peace On Earth” with the angels.