Friday, December 28, 2012

The Dancing Lights of Hollywood

Let's take a stroll through Hollywood, shall we?
It's that time of evening when the light in the sky in just starting to fade and the lights on the street are beginning to glow...
There is plenty of holiday spirit on Mickey Avenue, but the really festive sight is waiting at the back of the park.  Once you reach Star Tours, there are cast members in candy-cane striped hats and scarves directing the crowds...soon you'll see the sky in the distance is alight with pixie dust.
Today's post is dedicated to the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!
Last year on Christmas Day, in the evening, I braved the crowds to go see the Dancing Lights.  It had been many years since I last saw them, and I was blown away!
Every. square. inch. of space on the Streets of the Americas was COVERED with rainbow-colored lights.  There was Christmas music playing, and every ten minutes it would SNOW.  It was a bubble snow, but still.
The sky was full of angels!
The red arrow on the globe, I believe, points to the town in Arkansas that the Osbournes are from.  There was another little star on the globe marking Bethlehem.
There are SO many little details to notice - like the glowing bikes and a surfboard that had peace, love, and mickey mouse on it! (The mouse is lit up in the photo.)
Mickey is pulling a train with toy soldiers on it!
Elsewhere a larger-than-life fireplace was burning bright...
Christmas isn't complete without some carolers!  Sometimes, I'll admit, my family hides and pretends not to be home when real carolers come to the house, but these Disney carolers we like. ;)
LOVE the Mickey snowflakes!
Don't know if you can tell, but there are snowflakes in the air in this pic!
In one of these photos there is a hidden cat -- the cat is present every year, tucked somewhere in the display -- I remember finding her in 1997!  (I'll give you a hint - she's purple and she's not near the hoop!)
The sheer number of sparkling "fairy lights" is what makes the Dancing Lights so incredible -- you're completely surrounded, it feels like a different world - definitely a winter wonderland!
The lights make you notice the buildings more than you would normally - I never notices those pretty arched windows before, it almost looks like a church.
That is one GIANT tree!

But to really get a sense of the magic of the Osbourne Dancing Lights, you have to see the lights set to music.  Every ten minutes or so, the lights literally do dance along to Christmas tubes -- when we came in they were blinking to the Phineas and Ferb song!

So to close this post out, here is a video of the beautiful dancing lights of Hollywood.  Happy Holidays!

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