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Disney saying goodbye to Osborne family holiday light display to make way for 'Star Wars' Land

20th year to be last for massive scene at Hollywood Studios

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Darth Vader's in. Santa Claus is out.

Walt Disney World on Friday announced that its massive holiday light display -- The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights -- will not continue after this year.

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In a Disney blog post, the company said it will not longer offer the massive light display so it can prepare for the recently announced "Star Wars" and "Toy Story" lands being created at Hollywood Studios.

The finale for the Osborne lights will run from November 6 to January 3.  It will be the 20th season for the display, which first appeared on Residential Street, a row of home facades in the park's original backlot. When Residential Street was torn down for the "Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show," The Osborne Spectacle of Lights moved to its current home on the Streets of America.  

In the blog, Disney said, "Our heartfelt thanks go out to the family of Jennings Osborne for letting us share their family tradition year after year."

Disney also thanked its fans for celebrating the display for two decades.

This show, which attracts thousands of visitors each year to Hollywood Studios gained national attention when the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered Jennings Osborne, a business man to stop his family's outrageous holiday decorations in Little Rock. Soon after that in 1995 Walt Disney world brought the dazzling display to Central Florida.

Breezy Osborne, who was the inspiration for her father's display, released a statement to a Disney blog, LaughingPlace.com, stating how grateful she was for Disney literally making magic happen for her family.

"My greatest childhood memory was able to live on for an additional 20 years and it was also able to be experienced by so many-something you can't really put into words unless you've walked under that incredible glow," she said.

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