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  • sleepyjeff
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    Not to be nit picky here but if this is the oldest attraction because it is 70 million years old why would we be wishing it a happy birthday on the anniversary of the day it was installed at Disneyland?

    Wouldn't its' birthday be closer to the day it sprouted its' first branch?

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  • BigThunder
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    Originally posted by hakuna makarla View Post
    does anyone else think the shape of that thing looks somewhat nasty? or is it me again :lol:
    Yeah, talk about petrified wood... Ahem.

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  • nemopoppins
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    I believe it take hundreds if not thousands of years for a tree to become petrified.

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  • Steve DeGaetano
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    Originally posted by aerinpegadrak View Post
    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.
    Actually, the carrousel was built by William Dentzel in the 1920s.

    Oldest attraction honors therefore might rightly go to the Fred Gurley steam locomotive--outshopped by Baldwin in 1894.

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  • DonDuck
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    Why, this just makes me want to break out in song.

    What rolls down stairs alone or in pairs
    Rolls over your neighbor's dog?
    What's great for a snack and fits on your back?
    It's Log, Log, Log!

    It's Log, Log, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
    It's Log, Log, it's better than bad, it's good!
    Everyone wants a log! You're gonna love it, Log!
    Come on and get your log! Everyone needs a Log!

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  • aaronpaulcustoms
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    One word: Superdisnerific!

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  • DisneyCarnivora
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    I'm glad the old tree gets some recognition!

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  • nemopoppins
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    Opus1guy, thank you for the story! Just last week we discussed the tree when we passed it. We wondered how happily Lillian might have received such a gift. Now it all makes sense.

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  • Opus1guy
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    There's a little more to this story than just Lillian giving it to Disneyland.

    Walt found the tree for sale on a trip to Colorado. He really liked it so he purchased it, and later in what can only be called a "gag gift"...presented it to Lillian on their 31st Wedding Anniversary on July 13th, 1956.

    Well, Lillian...not wanting anything to do with this beast...came up with her own way to pawn it off...so she in turn gifted it to Disneyland later the next year.

    Here's a shot of Lillian and Walt at the tree in what can only be speculated as them smiling at each other acknowledging their own "inside joke" about the tree.



    Don't know which of the two ended up the winner in this exchanging gag. Something tells me Walt wanted the thing for Disneyland all along.
    Last edited by Opus1guy; 09-23-2006, 10:50 AM.

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

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  • stinkerbell
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    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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  • Hakuna Makarla
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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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  • SCUBAbe
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    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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  • LuvsLilo
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    You better run Stinkerbell! :mob:

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  • stinkerbell
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    I thought this was another Jennidisneyfer birthday thread.

    My bad.

    Carry on.

    :evil:

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

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  • aerinpegadrak
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    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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  • tahoebob54
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    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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  • Abominable Snowman
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    I never knew it was that old. Thats crazy.

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  • BigThunder
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    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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