Smoke Tree Ranch

Have you ever noticed the somewhat cryptic symbol that often appeared on Walt Disney’s ties? While some interesting theories have been shared by some over the years, the symbol is actually the logo of the Smoke Tree Ranch private resort community in Palm Springs, California.

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The Other Opening Day Scramble

The days and weeks leading up to the opening of Disneyland on July 15, 1955 consisted of a mad scramble to construct, paint and decorate the park before its television debut. At the same time, another massive operation was underway at the park - the preparation for one of the biggest live television events in the history of the relatively new medium.

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Can-Do Joe

On this day in 1894, Disney Legend Joe Fowler was born in Lewiston, Maine. The retired Navy Admiral was tapped by Walt Disney to oversee the construction of Disneyland in 1954. In recognition of Joe’s effectiveness and positive outlook, he became affectionately known as “Can-Do Joe.”

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Walt’s Fourth of July Picnic

On this day in 1955, Walt Disney hosted a Fourth of July picnic for a select group of Disney Studios employees and their families at Disneyland, just days before its grand opening on July 17, 1955. Those lucky enough to attend would be among the very first to ride some of the attractions and see Walt’s highly anticipated project.

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