Fun Find Friday
January 2, 2015
Location: Main Street, USA
"Everybody has a laughing place. Trouble is,
most folks won't take the time to go look for it and where it is for
one might not be for another." - Uncle Remus in Song of the South
At the end of Main Street, USA, guests can find one
of the greatest sights in all of Walt Disney World. No, I'm not
talking about Cinderella Castle. At the end of the street guests
come face to face with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse who, hand in
hand, welcome guests to their own magical kingdom.
While so many of us have viewed this statue at one
point or another in the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland, or even the
actual Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, there are a few details to
this statue that often go unnoticed. Today we are going to be taking
a look at the tie tack that is found on Walt Disney.
At first glance, the symbol here appears to be a
Chinese symbol: possibly the symbol for imagination, creativity or
simply happiness. While those would all be good guesses, it is
actually the symbol for Smoke Tree Ranch. Smoke Tree Ranch, located
in Palm Springs, California, was the location where Walt Disney
built two homes throughout the years with the first one being built
in 1949. He eventually sold the house just a few years later
in order to help fund Disneyland.
His second home on Smoke Tree Ranch was a regular
vacation destination for him and he eventually became part of the
Smoke Tree Ranch committee. His love for the Ranch was so strong
that he got WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering)
to help design some of the cottages on the property!
So how does this tie in with the Uncle Remus quote
found at the start of today's article? Well, it was often said that
Walt Disney's own Laughing Place was at Smoke Tree Ranch! Due to
this, he was often found with his Smoke Tree Ranch tie tack on
representing his favorite piece of heaven on earth.
So going into this new year, make sure you, like
Walt, visit your laughing place wherever it may be. Here's to a
happy and healthy 2015 everyone!
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