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This is last year for Disney's dazzling Osborne family light show

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights began at Disney World in 1995.
Published Sep. 11, 2015

After 20 years, this will be the final Christmas season for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the theme park announced Friday.

Disney is pulling the plug on 5 million lights to make room for new attractions, including Toy Story Land and a Star Wars-themed land, which will break ground in 2016.

The light show originated in Little Rock, where an Arkansas businessman created the spectacle as a gift for his 6-year-old daughter. The display grew bigger every year, and by 1993, six neighbors filed a lawsuit, saying traffic congestion made trips to the corner store take two hours.

Disney officials read the news accounts of the court case and offered to move the display to Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

It opened in 1995 as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights and became one of the most popular attractions during the park's holiday season.

The display is made up of more than 10 miles of rope lighting connected by 30 miles of extension cords. Disney has said it takes 20,000 man-hours to install the display each holiday season, starting in September.

The light show will display nightly from Nov. 6 to Jan. 3. See disneyworld.disney.go.com for information.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampbay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

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