D23 Presents: Smoke Tree Ranch Roundup in Palm Springs
Are you a member of D23? Interested in escaping to Palm Springs at the end of January for a members-only three-day event at one of Walt Disney's favorite vacation spots?
Walt's love for Smoke Tree Ranch is widely known. In fact, if you look at Walt's necktie on the "Partners" statue (of Walt and Mickey) in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle you'll find a stylized "STR" tie pin there. You can also see it in the photo on the left.
The three-day event will take place January 23 thru 25. Here's a breakdown of daily events:
After check-in, guests begin with a warm cocktail reception to kick off the festivities with complimentary beer and wine and a special presentation about the history of the Ranch and Walt's association with the landmark resort.
Following the presentation, guests will head to the Ranch House Dining Room for a traditional Smoke Tree Ranch dinner.
Dinner will be followed by a screening of a favorite Disney film in Disney Hall. The screening will be hosted by Director of the Walt Disney Archives Becky Cline, followed by a meet and greet and performance by a special Disney celebrity guest.
Guests will enjoy a special cowboy breakfast cookout in the beautiful nearby canyons, just like Walt used to experience. After breakfast, guests may choose to explore Indian Canyon at the Ranch's self-guided Desert Plant Walk, play croquet or horseshoes, hit the tennis courts or take a dip in the swimming pool and hot tub.
Guests may also enjoy amenities like horseback riding and spa services for an additional fee. That afternoon, a lawn bowling tournament will be held at the ranch's bowling green.
Disney movies will also be screened in Disney Hall throughout the day.
As the sun sets, guests will gather at the Ranch House Patio for a cocktail reception before enjoying a traditional Western barbecue dinner at the Ranch House West Lawn.
Following dinner, there will be a campfire featuring a sing-along and a performance by comedian Dana Daniels, alumnus of the legendary Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland.
The night will be capped by a special and rare appearance by famed voice actor Pete Renoudet, who lent his voice to numerous Disney characters and attractions--perhaps most well-known as emcee Henry the Bear from the Country Bear Jamboree.
On the final morning, guests will be able to once again explore the Ranch at their own pace. Upon arrival each guest will receive a gift bag, which will include a selection of commemorative items.
Here's a video explaining more about Smoke Tree Ranch and next month's three-day event.
Click here to learn more about D23's Smoke Tree Ranch Roundup.
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