2011 Osborne Lights, and a few Hidden Mickeys

Vickie and I visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.” I stopped by a Hidden Mickey in a painted window at the entrance to the Streets of America, not far from the Writer’s Stop. A classic Mickey sand trap is in the leftmost window as you face the New York backdrop.

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

We moved to the beat of “Mulch, Sweat and Shears,” who were rocking at the New York end of the Streets of America, just before the Osborne Lights came to life.

Mulch, Sweat and Shears

At dusk, we waited with other excited fans for the Osborne Lights to brighten up the Streets of America.

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The music started and the lights came on!

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Colorful images appeared in windows of a building along the Streets of America, toward the New York end of the street.

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Hidden Mickeys decorate this basketball goal in an alley toward the “Lights, Motors, Action” end of the Streets of America:

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Another returning Hidden Mickey above the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” marquee:

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

We always look for the lighted cat, which changes locations each year. A Cast Member told me that they place the cat high or low on alternating years. This year, it was high on a roof edge, above the alley where the basketball goal Hidden Mickeys are located.

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Lights are a wonderful annual holiday tradition at Walt Disney World!

Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Steve Barrett is a doctor and Disney nut whose favorite Walt Disney World memory is strolling through the Magic Kingdom with his young son on his shoulders. Not surprisingly, his favorite spot in the World is anywhere there's a Hidden Mickey. He suggests that all visitors take some time to chat with cast members, especially when looking for Hidden Mickeys, as they can enrich your Disney experience and make it even more magical.

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4 Replies to “2011 Osborne Lights, and a few Hidden Mickeys”

  1. Great to hear all the hidden mickeys
    but you forgot to mention the one in the huge Christmas tree that lights up. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the pictures and story! My wife and I were there on November 12th and it was really pretty. We’ve been there for the 2nd or 3rd time now and always enjoy the accompanying music. This time was different as they have queues to organize the way people enter and exit the area. The music was more of a mix this time too as opposed to mostly Trans Siberian Orchestra tunes as we’ve heard in past years. I think the word has gotten around about the lights too as this seemed to be the most people I’ve seen at the park. Still worth the effort!

  3. Hi Steve! My family and I attended the Osborne Lights last year, and we LOVED looking for and finding all the Hidden Mickeys. Do you know if they change year after year? Thanks!

  4. I love the the Osbourne lights, thanks for sharing some interesting facts e.g in all the years we have seen them I never knew about the cat, will be looking out for it when we go for Xmas.