Two weeks ago Disney quietly released on their Parks blog an announcement that saddened many fans. The post confirmed that this year’s “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights”, the annual holiday light show held at Disney’s Hollywood Studio would indeed, as expected, be the last. This is the 20th year that Disney has run the show.
Jennings Osborne, as businessman in Arkansas, originally assembled the display and made it a tradition at his family home for many years until the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1995 ruled in favor of his neighbors who complained of the crowds and subsequent noise generated by his display.
Disney stepped in and moved the lights to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and began a beloved holiday tradition among Disney Park fans.
The reason given for ending the event is that the area that currently houses the light show will be needed for the announced expansion of the park to include Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, though fans are wondering why Disney simply doesn’t move it to another area of the park or even another park.
ENN has learned that there might be another reason why the light show is being forced to end. Inside sources tell us that Disney received an official request from the Brotherhood Of Park Engaging Entertainment Providers, Local 5678, sheepishly stating that each of the lights making up the display should be treated as an individual employee subject to rights, salary and benefits. The B.O.P.E.E.P. was seeking permission to represent said employees. With millions of lights making up the display, combined with ever increasing minimum wage and benefit costs, the financial impact to Disney would be staggering. Rather than fight the union, Disney elected to end the show.
We reached out to the union’s local president, Andy Potts, to find out the reasoning behind thinking that decorative electrical lights would be covered by the union. Mr Potts simply responded “Hey! They’re dancin’ lights ain’t they?”