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Osborne Family Lights

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At A Glance Only operational between Thanksgiving and the start of January, but a definite must-see attraction during this time.


The Osborne Family Lights are regularly on display over the christmas holiday period in the Disney-MGM Studios over the christmas holidays, being lit at about 18:00 (6pm), after which the display remains open until 20:00 (8pm) each night.

The now-famous Spectacle of Lights at Disney-MGM Studios returns each christmas holiday with enough bulbs to light several city blocks and more... all concentrated on the park's 760-foot long Residential Street, Washington Square backlot, and expanding more each year. Championed by Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne, who received worldwide attention for the Little Rock light show he created a decade ago for his daughter.

"This is for all the children and families who never had a chance to see our display back home," said Osborne once, "This is what the holiday season is all about."

The Osborne Family Lights display includes over 178 angels, 50 bells, 20 snowmen, trains, sleighs, the 70-foot-high, 100,000-light Tree of Lights, two 30-foot-high carousels and 45 lighted Mickey Mouse figures. Osborne promises even more surprises each year.

The best time to see the Osborne Family Lights is about 10 - 15 minutes before the end of Fantasmic, because most people in the park will be locked into the Fantasmic show, often leaving Residential Street very quiet.

New to the 1998 display is a 3-d effect provided through the use of special '3d glasses'. Some of the lights used cast a small 'Angel' picture when viewed through the glasses, although if viewed without the glasses they appear as perfectly normal fairy lights. (It is possible to catch the effect on video by carefully holding one lens of the glasses across the front of the camcorder lens, but it's quite difficult to capture the effect to it's full.

Check out the full Osborne Story.


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