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A 50 Year Tradition of Entertainment

It started as the ideal location for the Spin and Marty segments of The Mickey Mouse Club...

Walt Disney Productions first leased the Golden Oak Ranch for filming in the late 1950's for The Adventures of Spin and Marty segments of The Mickey Mouse Club. Because of the rich variety of settings, Walt Disney Productions purchased the first portions of the property in 1959 and, over the years, acquired additional land bringing the total property size to just under 900 acres.

Some of the Disney productions that have shot at The Ranch include:

  • Old Yeller
  • Toby Tyler
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • Follow Me Boys
And more recently
  • The Santa Clause
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Now used by the entire film industry, Golden Oak Ranch has been seen in countless shows including:

  • Lassie
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Charmed
  • Red Dragon
  • Murder She Wrote
  • Diagnosis Murder
  • Bonanza
  • Independence Day
  • The X-Files

Contemporary productions include:

  • CSI
  • My Name is Earl
  • Entourage
  • Boston Legal
  • Bones
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Ghost Whisperer
  • American Idol
  • And many more...

As other motion picture and television production groups began filming at the Ranch over the years, they added to the variety of temporary sets already there. A western street, created for the renowned 1978 television miniseries Roots II, remained active until its removal in 2008. Other large and small scale temporary sets created at the Ranch include an entire small Floridian town for Their Eyes Were Watching God, an old New England lighthouse for The Majestic, and a large-scale fortress for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Current sets and locations available at the Ranch include a rural covered bridge on a lake, wooden bridges, the Golden Oak Hall, a general store, farmhouses, barns, fields, country roads, tree groves, a jungle area and a waterfall.

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