Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Eat your heart out Clark W. Griswold...30 miles of extension cords!

There is nothing more tacky fabulous during the holiday season than the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney/MGM studios.

The whole thing started in Arkansas in 1996, when businessman Jennings Osborne strung up 1000 lights for his 6 year-old daughter. By the time he was up to 3 million, his neighbors took legal action, calling it "a public nuisance." A series of appeals brought the whole thing to the Supreme Court where the display was ultimately shut down for good. At that point, Jennings agreed to relocate everything to a place where the residents have an appreciation for fine art (and lots of electrical outlets available). Helloooo Orlando!

The display grows every year, and now it's up to 10 miles of rope lighting. Thirty miles of extension cords are held together by two million ties. The lights "dance" to snappy tunes like Feliz Navidad. And of course, it's not a Florida Christmas without the fake snow made from soap bubbles.

(photo courtesy of Disney/Gene Duncan)

1 comment:

Jason said...

Hello. I've never actually been out to see the Spectacle of Dancing Lights. I'm not a huge fan of Disney though. Still, 30 miles of extension cords is pretty impressive. I wonder where all of that stuff goes in the off-seasons?

Anyway, I'm glad I found your blog, fellow Olrando-er. I work on a video podcast that (sometimes) focuses on Orlando-area things. This week I put up a show about Grandma Party. There were plenty of tacky fabulous things there to see and enjoy.