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Designing the Disneyland Landscape

Illustrated lecture with details on Walt's original Disneyland landscape design and construction, presented by landscape architect Kelly Comras. Includes elegant cocktail reception at Smoke Tree Ranch. $125 (2 hrs)


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Walt Disney hired landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn in March 1955 to coordinate landscape plans between Disney's office, WED Enterprises, and the crews at the construction site at Disneyland.  By the time Disneyland opened on July 17, Shellhorn had created detailed design plans for the front entrance, Town Square, Main Street and the Plaza Hub, as well as a pedestrian plan for the entire park.  Extraordinary plantings and installation, supervised by Jack and Bill Evans, helped make Disneyland “ he happiest place on earth.” 

This presentation and a short documentary film will take place in Walt Disney Hall at the legendary Smoke Tree Ranch. A rare chance to personally experience the beauty and solitude of this very private enclave. Walt was a 'colonist', the moniker used by Smoke Tree Ranch residents. As a gift to his fellow colonists, Walt funded the Walt Disney Hall, which sits adjacent to the beautiful pool and the Ranch House, the very center of Smoke Tree life. Arrive to a beautiful pool setting and enjoy a full bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres created by the Ranch chefs. As twilight falls, guests will be ushered in Disney Hall for the presentation.

$125

Things to Know

This event is for ages 21 and older.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As Smoke Tree is a private gated community, EARLY ARRIVALS CANNOT BE ADMITTED.
Kindly please arrive at the guard gate NO EARLIER THAN 5 P.M.
Self Parking is adjacent to Disney Hall and the Ranch House.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
Check-in will be at the Smoke Tree Ranch guard gate.
At check-in, guard will provide driving directions to the pool and Ranch House.
No smoking is allowed inside Disney Hall.
Hosted open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 
The organizer of this event is Smoke Tree Ranch.

 

Event Check-in Location

Disney Hall at Smoke Tree Ranch, 1850 Smoke Tree Lane, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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Photo Credits: Ruth Shellhorn and Walt Disney at Disneyland Western Railway Station, 1955, Author's Collection, Bullock's Pasadena, Lake Avenue, 1967. Photographer unknown, Kelly Comras, 2015, Photograph by Hudson Lofchie, Book cover of Ruth Shellhorn by Kelly Comras 

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