Feb 20, 2017
Walt Disney had a major influence in the popular culture of what, at the time, was considered modern. Along with advocating for modern architecture and industrial design during the 1950s and 60s he also celebrated new technologies and innovative methods of transportation.
Theme park designer Bill Butler hosts a discussion about the influences, artistry and experiences inspired by Midcentury Modern design in dozens of Disney creations worldwide. Panelists include architectural and cultural historian Alan Hess, author of nineteen books on mid-twentieth century architecture and urbanism, along with Bill Cotter, an author and historian who specializes in the 1964 New York Worlds Fair and Disney television and has contributed to numerous books, magazine articles and documentaries.
This experience will take place in Walt Disney Hall at the legendary Smoke Tree Ranch. This is a rare chance to personally experience the beauty and solitude of this very private enclave. Walt was a colonist, the moniker used by Smoke Tree residents. (Look closely at the large bronze statue in Disneyland of Walt holding Mickys hand and youll see hes wearing a Smoke Tree Ranch monogramed tie!) As a gift to his fellow colonists, Walt funded the Walt Disney Hall, which sits adjacent to the beautiful pool and the Ranch House, the very center of Smoke Tree Ranch life.
Arrive to a beautiful pool setting and enjoy a full bar and delicious hors doeuvres created by the Ranch chefs. As twilight falls, guests will be ushered into Disney Hall for the presentation.
Check-in at the Smoke Tree Ranch guard gate, address is printed on ticket.Kindly do not arrive at the gate before 4:45 p.m. Driving directions will be given to the pool and Ranch House. No smoking is allowed inside Disney Hall. Hosted open bar and heavy hors doeuvres. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older. This event is wheelchair accessible.