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Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

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  • Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

    49 years ago this month, the Petrified Tree was installed in Disneyland. A gift from Lillian Disney, the tree came from a forest that existed up to 70 million years ago, making it the "oldest" attraction in the park.



    The plaque at the base of the tree reads as follows:

    PETRIFIED TREE from the PIKE PETRIFIED FOREST, COLORADO

    This section weighs five tons and measures 7 1/2 feet in diameter. The original tree, estimated to have been 200 feet tall, was part of a sub-tropical forest 55 to 70 million years ago in what is now Colorado. Scientists believe it to be of the redwood of sequoia species. During some prehistoric era, a cataclysmic upheaval caused silica laden water to overspread the living forest. Wood cells were changed during the course of time to sandstone. Opals were formed within the tree trunk itself.

    Presented to Disneyland by Mrs. Walt Disney, September, 1957.

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    Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

    hah! great bit of info there frogberto!
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      ORWEN: Thank you for the information, Frogberto, duckling! For a minute there, I thought this would turn out to be a topic about a certain nasty old biddy sister of mine. By the way, I notice the little green frog you used to have in you avatar is gone, now. I just KNOW Orgoch went and gobbled him up!

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        Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

        :o


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        • #5
          Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

          Cool Frogberto. I've always liked that little detail along the ROA. Its pure Walt; he put it there because he liked it.

          I take issue with calling it a Disneyland attraction, though. Now, if it was in DCA, that would be another story...
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          • #6
            Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

            I never knew it was that old. Thats crazy.

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              Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

              Originally posted by Frogberto View Post
              49 years ago this month, the Petrified Tree was installed in Disneyland. A gift from Lillian Disney, the tree came from a forest that existed up to 70 million years ago, making it the "oldest" attraction in the park.



              The plaque at the base of the tree reads as follows:

              PETRIFIED TREE from the PIKE PETRIFIED FOREST, COLORADO

              This section weighs five tons and measures 7 1/2 feet in diameter. The original tree, estimated to have been 200 feet tall, was part of a sub-tropical forest 55 to 70 million years ago in what is now Colorado. Scientists believe it to be of the redwood of sequoia species. During some prehistoric era, a cataclysmic upheaval caused silica laden water to overspread the living forest. Wood cells were changed during the course of time to sandstone. Opals were formed within the tree trunk itself.

              Presented to Disneyland by Mrs. Walt Disney, September, 1957.
              A CM told me that it is going to be closed for a upgrade next year, and that they will be putting a loop in!!!!
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              • #8
                Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                Yeah, I don't like calling it an attraction either. The oldest thing in the park, certainly, but in my opinion, the honor of oldest attraction goes to King Arthur Carrousel, whose platform dates back from the 1800s.

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                • #9
                  Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                  never saw this tree, where is it at? thanks froggy

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                  • #10
                    Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                    I thought this was another Jennidisneyfer birthday thread.

                    My bad.

                    Carry on.

                    :evil:

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                    • #11
                      Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                      You better run Stinkerbell! :mob:

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                      • #12
                        Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                        Originally posted by hakuna makarla View Post
                        never saw this tree, where is it at? thanks froggy
                        it's right across from the golden horseshoe, juust past the mark twain loading area next to the river. I'll show it to you...

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by SCUBAbe View Post
                          it's right across from the golden horseshoe, juust past the mark twain loading area next to the river. I'll show it to you...
                          cool, you will have to show me much, seems I have missed so many details in the park and I want to get to see them this time

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                          • #14
                            Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                            Originally posted by LuvsLilo View Post
                            You better run Stinkerbell! :mob:
                            I'm scared. But I'm younger and can run faster. :lmao:

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                            • #15
                              Re: Happy Birthday to the Oldest Attraction in the entire park!

                              does anyone else think the shape of that thing looks somewhat nasty? or is it me again :lol:

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