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County supervisors to consider major new studio at Golden Oak Ranch

August 26, 2013|By Seema Mehta
  • Walt Disney Productions first leased the Golden Oak Ranch for filming in the late 1950s for "The Adventures of Spin and Marty" segments of "The Mickey Mouse Club."
Walt Disney Productions first leased the Golden Oak Ranch for filming in… (Walt Disney Co. )

Los Angeles County leaders will decide Tuesday whether to allow the construction of a major high-tech television and film production facility on a sprawling ranch personally selected by Walt Disney to serve as the backdrop for many of his studio’s productions.

The Disney/ABC proposal, which has been in the works for four years, would develop 58 acres of 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch in the northwestern part of the county, adding more than half a million square feet of studio space, multiple sound stages, writers bungalows and other developments.

The county Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday about the proposal, which is projected to create thousands of temporary construction jobs and more than 1,200 entertainment-industry jobs.

The plan has widespread support from local leaders and residents, but others have questioned its effects on the environment, notably an increase in traffic and the removal of 158 oak trees. The company would mitigate the latter by planting at least 1,600 oaks.

The ranch in Placerita Canyon has been used for filming for decades. It was first leased by Walt Disney in the 1950s as a backdrop for shorts that aired on “The Mickey Mouse Club.” His company acquired the land and surrounding areas over the years. Productions filmed there include “Old Yeller,” “The Parent Trap” and  “Pirates of the Caribbean.”


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