A “Bella Notte” at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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After 20 years, Walt Disney World is saying good-bye to “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.” From the very beginning, illuminated representations of Disney’s animated characters have been a part of the festive display, growing in number with each passing year. While it will be sad to see this Disney’s Hollywood Studios Christmas tradition disappear, its nice to see that the park is not resting on its laurels for its final season.

With so many millions of lights, it might be hard to notice a small back alley roughly across the street from the theater façade to the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.” Those that do, however, will notice a tribute to one of Walt Disney’s most beloved animated features: “Lady and the Tramp.” With a plate of spaghetti and a string of lights spelling out “Tony’s,” this corner of the “Streets of America Backlot” is transformed into the alley where Lady and Tramp shared their first dinner together while being serenaded by “Bella Notte.”

While it may not be a Holiday movie, Christmas does play an important part in “Lady and the Tramp.” As the film opens, Lady is given as a Christmas present to Darling from her husband Jim Dear. Additionally, the movie’s epilogue acts as a bookend to this scene by showing Lady celebrating the holiday with her newly expanded family. While the iconic “Bella Notte” scene may not have taken place during the Holiday Season, it’s hard to argue that “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights” has made for many beautiful nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the last two decades.

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