1986 – Jennings Osborne (a successful businessman) and his wife Mitzi establish an elaborate Christmas display at their Little Rock home at the request of their daughter Breezy.
1993 – The growth of the display along with the traffic, noise, etc. spurs six neighbors to file a lawsuit demanding that the display be shut down.
Osborne responds by adding three million more lights.
1995 – The Arkansas Supreme Court pulls the plug on Breezy’s lights. Walt Disney World project director John Phelan contacts the Osbornes about moving the display to WDW. Initially the display is set up on the MGM Studios residential street backlot. Osborne continues to have a small display in his front yard.
2005 – With the demolition of the residential street, the display is moved to the much larger “New York Streets” section (by then, it may have been called the “Streets of America,” or something stupid like that, but it always looked like New York to me.) Eventually the lights become computerized, animated, swapped for LEDs and the size of a small country. They are renamed “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.”
2015 – Disney announces that this will be the final year for the display, as the area is being demolished to make room for Toy Wars / Star Story Land.
My wife and I only got to see the display only once, but I did shoot a lot of video. Here’s the resulting piece, produced almost two years ago for mouseplanet.com: