There's a video of this show I filmed at WDW last year in my Gallery HERE
The lights are so beautiful! They're simply amazing! It's so awsome!
It's back! When this show was recorded in the link below, it was the first day of the lights this year. In the lighting ceremony, it has a boy named Eli and his family turning on the switch for the lights.
Eli shows off a book of pictures of his brother Ben who passed away from an aggressive brain cancer. The family was visiting Walt Disney World in honor of Ben's birthday the following day. Ben loved Disney and celebrated his second birthday there with his family passing away a few short months after. You can learn more about Ben and his family at www.bens-story.com
Here's the link to the videos and pictures.
Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!
Winter Guard International. Way better than marching band.
Awwww it's so perty!
I thought it was a bit tacky! If they insist on keeping it then they need to bring back the 3d glasses that turn the lights into angels.... I've seen it three times and only once they had the glasses.
the lights are so beautiful, i can't wait for christmas!
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found it its true
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock philanthropist Jennings Osborne, whose losing battle with neighbors over his 3.2 million-light Christmas display reached the nation's highest court, died Wednesday. He was 67.
Family spokesman David Bazzel said Osborne died from a heart ailment Wednesday at a Little Rock hospital.
Osborne had ties to state and national politicians and was known for supplying pork dinners for many public gatherings. But his Christmas lights fight gained him the most attention.
What started as a relatively modest display in 1986 grew to 3.2 million lights in 1993. Arkansas' highest court declared the display a nuisance and ordered Osborne to take the lights down.
Osborne asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that doing so would diminish his religious right to celebrate Christmas as he wished. Justices rejected his appeal.
Undaunted, Osborne strung his lights in Little Rock's downtown River Market District and in dozens of other Arkansas cities. He went on to provide light displays for Disney World and Graceland.
"Every day is Christmas to me," Osborne told The Associated Press in 1998. "I feel like I am on a fantasy trip, and I like to take people along."
Osborne became wealthy running a medical research company. However, those who know him reacted to his death by recalling how he played, not how he worked.
Former President Bill Clinton praised Osborne's living for others.
"Jennings had a big heart and gave so much to so many people throughout his extraordinary life," Clinton said in a statement. "From personally providing holiday cheer through his light shows to helping families get back on their feet after natural disasters, Jennings' capacity to give was truly awe-inspiring."
Besides Bill and Hillary Clinton, Osborne also counted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee among his friends.
"I often said that Jennings was like a little boy who never had candy, but who one day bought the candy store — and found his greatest joy in giving candy to kids who were like he once was and couldn't afford it," Huckabee said in a statement. "He had the biggest heart in the world. He used it mostly for others. It finally gave out." ___
Wow, how sad. He was young. Sounds like he was a great man and contributed a lot to this world. Rest in Peace.
Here you leave today and enter the world of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy.
I was there July 17, 2005.
In an unobtrusive store window on the Streets of America there is a slide show that plays during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. If you are there at the right time you can see photos of many of the lighting features as they originally appeared at the Osborne home in Arkansas.
One slide, which very few people take the time to stick around and see, is Jennings Osborne and his pal Mickey Mouse after the lights had been moved to Walt Disney World.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that there are many people who attend the Spectacle who are under the impression that the Osborne family in question is the Ozzie Osbourne family. I am saying this because I was a little late to the party. I didn't even know this amazing Christmas display existed until I was able to see it during a 2007 trip to DHS. When I first heard the name of the show I simply assumed that it was Ozzie.
I know, I know. It's embarrassing. But if, as a Disney Geek, I made that mistake, I know that others have too.
I was sharply rebuked when I happened to mention Ozzie's name to the people I was with during the trip. I hang my head in shame. Really, I may never get over it. I gained a new definition of humiliation.
No "U" in Jenning Osborne's last name you know old chap.
The lights looks as good as ever this year. In fact, I think the dancing is even more elaborate this year. I have many more pictures from the 2011 edition if anyone would care to see them.
Last edited by Wedbliss; 12-02-2011 at 03:34 PM.