March 11, 1959 – Disney Purchases the Golden Oak Ranch
“Located within the 30-Mile Zone, the Golden Oak Ranch is a movie ranch like no other.”
On March 11, 1959, Disney purchased 708 acres in the Placerita Canyon, called the Golden Oak Ranch. The ranch, located 25-miles away from the Disney Studios, became a filming location for several Disney productions, including the Spin and Marty serials and feature films The Parent Trap and Follow Me, Boys!. The ranch was also leased out to other studios for such projects as Dynasty and Back to the Future, and has continued to be used for Disney productions, including the recent Pirates of the Caribbean series and The Santa Clause. In 2009, Disney announced that there would be a plan to create a backlot studio for ABC with 58-acres of the property. In 2011, it was announced that two state-of-the-art backlots were completed on the property.