Lights out for the Osborne Family Spectacle Dancing Lights

Today, September 11th, Disney Parks officially announced that this year is the final year of the Osborne Family Spectacle Dancing Lights to make way for Toy Story Land and Star Wars-Themed Land the lights have to go out.

Via Disney Parks Blog by Thomas Smith

What exactly is the story being the Osborne Family Spectacle Dancing Lights?

Christmas lights and decorations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World was created by Jennings Osborne along with his wife Mitzi in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1968 for their daughter, Allison Brianne Osborne.

Jennings decorated their home with 1,000 lights and each year it grew, it grew so much that Jennings had to purchase two properties next to his own to display them. 6 neighbors filed a lawsuit because of traffic in their neighborhood, and the Osborne family responded to the lawsuit by adding 3 million more lights. Something I can only guess Walt Disney might’ve done too!

The county court ordered for a limited amount of days and hours that the Osborne can show their lights and the Jennings appealed to the Arkansas Supreme Court but lost. Then in 1994 to the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Clarence Thomas refused to halt the order, and in 1995, the state Supreme Court shut the display down altogether.

The family continued to have a light display but smaller afterwards. It wasn’t till after that Walt Disney World project director, John Phelan, after several other offers to host the display, that the Osborne family agreed to have the display on “Residential Street,” a back-lot section at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

Jennings Osborne was a fan of the resort and accepted Disney’s offer and it was in 1995 that the display was set up as “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights,” becoming an immediate success.

Did you know after the 9/11 attack in 2001, the Osborne family displayed a lighted up American flag with the words “God Bless America and God Bless George W. Bush” across the top and bottom of the flag.


12 Disney Gifts of Giving: 2 Tickets to “Saving Mr. Banks”, Disney Gift Cards, Lots More and Help Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital!


Generous Disney fan pages and individuals have donated prizes to give to 12 lucky winners, 1 winner will be chosen after each day! We hope that all Disney fans can come together in the spirit of giving and help us fundraise for the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital was chosen for this year’s charity organization. The season is a time for rejoicing and we would like to be able to help bring a smile to these children with the efforts of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital we wish that children can be healthy and happy to celebrate Christmas.

12 Disney GIfts of Giving
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The prizes for each day starting December 13th to December 24th are:

1. 2 tickets to see Saving Mr. Banks (Fandango)
2. Autographed Discovering the Magic Kingdom
3. Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Disney Vinylmation from and a bling Minnie necklace
4. $20 Disney Gift Card
5. Disney Infinity Monster’s Inc. Randy figurine from Audra Day
6. $25 Disney Gift Card
7. A year subscription to WDW Magazine
8. $10 iTunes Gift Card
9.  An autographed Mickey Mouse, Mouse Pad signed by Mickey & Pluto (legit) with pic’s of them signing it..
10. A Disney Gift Set that includes Hot Chocolate and a Giant Minnie Mug w/a box of Mickey Chocolate covered pretzels.
11. Surprise Mystery Gift Basket valued at $50 (a Disney surprise!)
12. $50 Visa GC

Donations are optional and do not increase the chances of winning. This online event is created by Jenny Chan from My Disney Cloud. Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and all their affiliates are not responsible. We are not affiliated with Facebook or Disney, we are simply Disney fans that want to help give to others in the spirit of the season. We hope you can join us in bringing some cheer and hope in the lives of others.

Season of Christmas Cheer! I’ll Send You a Christmas Card for Free.


During the season, I want to thank all our fans and supporters for being there for

In this modern world, technology is taking over, no more snail mails with invites or letters that you can physically open and pull a card out from. The idea is becoming obsolete. Now, there are e-mails and facebook messages, phone texts even… well, I want to bring back the joy of opening a letter during the Christmas season.

Let me know if you’d like a card from MyDIsneyCloud Jenny by e-mailing me your name and address at, and I’ll send you a card! I promise I will not share your information to anyone because I know the feeling of having my information being sold and it’s totally not cool. You’ll also get my mailing address so you can mail me back, if you’d like.

Write to me about your adventures, your wishes for Christmas, your New Year’s resolution, and I’ll respond back with an additional letter in response.

Thank you and have a very…


With Lots of Love,

Jenny Chan

Creating Your Own Mickey Mouse Ornaments!


So you’ve got your Christmas tree and you notice that its got the right smell and the right lights but something’s missing… the ornaments!

Ornaments form Disney store can be quite expensive so found a way to create more ornaments on a budget.

For only $13.50 we bought regular shatterproof ornaments and mini-sized shatterproof ornaments and put them together, for a total of 6 Mickey Mouse shap

ed ornaments.

Mark where you will make a hole for the mini-sized ornaments to go.

Then we used a sharp pointed knife to slowly and carefully whittle in a circular hole, children please advise an adult for help.

Carefully making a hole big enough for the mini-sized ornaments to go in, but small enough to keep it snuggly fit.

When you take the mini-sized ornament wiggle the top metal portion off and then put them together with the regular sized ornaments. When you put them together push the mini-sized ornament gently into the regular one sometimes it will make a popping sound, and this shout fit perfectly.

You can even add a bow to your ornament or just decorate it for fun. Add different colors and mismatch them.

or keep it simple…

It’s easy and cost-effective. Enjoy!



Disney Holiday Parade 2012– $100 Giveaway, photo contest, and toy drive!

It’s almost Christmas time and we want to help bring smiles to children and make their day just amazing, we’ve teamed up with Scrooge McDuck Charity Fund on to help donate to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and at the same time provide a fun giveaway for you in our efforts to raise funds for toys for the kids.

Helping the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

We are thrilled to create the first annual Disney Holiday Parade 2012 with some amazing bloggers, travel agents, Disney-themed store owners, and Disney fans, where you can submit the “Best Holiday Decor” photo and parade them on Disney Seasonal Celebrations group at and get the most “Likes” in order to win. There is also more ways to win by using the Rafflecopter bonus.

Oh and DID YOU KNOW? You can only submit 1(one) photo, if there are multiple photos submitted they will be automatically deleted.

  • 1st Place: $50 (Toy Fund < $100) or $100 (Toy Fund > $100) Visa Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE book & Disney prize pack
  • 3rd Place: 1 Peace Love Mouse Car Decal & 1 Walt Life Car Decal
  • and 2 Honorary Awards

ºOº Don’t forget to thank your friends:
Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
Amanda “Belle” Starr – Authorized Disney Vacation Planner Blue Sky Journeys
Walt Life
Discovering the Magic Kingdom: An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide
Pixie Perfect Personal Shopper
Cutie Bowtootie Hair Bows

Special Thanks to and Disney Fan Addicts!

We are not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company but is created by wonderful people with the Holiday spirit that want to help charity organizations during the Holiday season. Winners will be announced Dec. 25, 2012. Many thanks for your support — and don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate and have win prizes too!

Pure Gold Disney Christmas Tree

Don’t know what kind of tree you’re going to put up for Christmas this year? No problem, how about a pure gold Christmas tree with famous Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Tink?

Photo Credit:

In downtown Tokyo, a jewelry store, has pure gold revolving tree in Disney characters made of 88 pounds of pure gold, standing about 8 feet high and 3 feet in diameter.

Decorated with pure gold-plate silhouette cutouts of 50 popular Disney characters and draped with ribbons made of gold leaf.

How much?  it’s only $4.2 million (350 million yen).

It is the ornaments that make it unique and special, Tomoko Ishibashi, in the marketing department of Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry, which runs the Ginza Tanaka jewelry store says,

Right now gold is over 4,400 yen per gram. We used pure gold and had an expert craftsman form each Disney character by hand, which took 10 craftsmen two months to complete.

This is one serious Christmas tree and I’ve got $20 saved so far hahahaha.

Disney Christmas Playlist for the Trip 2012 (FREE Music Downloads)

Christmas time at Disneyland is officially open and I want to share 10 songs to add to your playlist to help you and your family (especially if you have kids hehe) get into the holiday spirit too! Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Disney

The links are where you can get free downloads to these songs and you don’t need to download any software to download them, some of them when you click to “save link as” it will have a bunch of letters and numbers just rename it and click “save” (Yes, I have tested them out and I’m going to use these songs too).

1. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee–Around-The-Christmas-Tree/mp3/air-aXha3

2. “Sleigh Ride” by Muppet Family Christmas–Sleigh-Ride/mp3/air-a5

3. “Here Comes Santa Clause” by Gene Autry–Here-Comes-Santa-Claus/mp3/air-a5

4. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

5. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry—The-Pinafores-With-Orchestral-Accompaniment–Rudolph-The-RedNosed-Reindeer/mp3/air-a1ga9

6. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by the Muppets–The-Twelve-Days-Of-Christmas/original–no-longer-available/mp3/air-a6Xma2

7. “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin–Let-It-Snow–Let-It-Snow–Let-It-Snow/mp3/air-a4ba2ba2

8. “Carol of the Bells” from Home Alone by John Williams–Carol-of-the-Bells/John-Williams/mp3/air-a5Xa

9. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole–The-Christmas-Song/mp3/air-a5

10. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with Mickey and Friends–We-Wish-You-A-Merry-Christmas/mp3/air-a7

Let the Holiday season begin! 🙂