Monday, November 12, 2007

Nov 14: Making a Spectacle at Disney-MGM

On this day in 2005, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights returned to Disney-MGM Studios in Florida for the 2005 holiday season. A Disney World tradition since 1995, the Spectacle of Lights can be traced back to Little Rock, Arkansas.
The idea was born at the Little Rock home of the Osborne family back in 1986. That year Jennings Osborne, a prominent and successful businessman, strung a simple string of 1,00 red lights at the request of his 6-year-old daughter, nicknamed Breezy. Every Christmas season Jennings strung a few more lights and by 1993 his display grew to 3 million - which could be seen from as far away as 80 miles! Unfortunately for Jennings his neighbors weren't happy with the traffic his spectacle drew.
Soon after his light display was shut down, he was contacted by Disney World to bring his lights to Florida. Since 1995 the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights has become one of Disney-MGM's favorite annual attractions.

For more November 14 Disney history, click HERE.

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