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06-03-2010 12:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource carving

A tree but not just any tree .. I was told this tree is in Africa and once you view the following slideshow… all will become apparent!!!!..

I seems I was misinformed.. it is really at Disneyland and it was constructed there..... here is a pic of a real Boab Tree ... notice the person sitting at the base of the tree... Photobucket

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 01:03 AM

Reminds me alot of a tree in Disneyworld I photographed recently. Disney must have copied it from the African tree.

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 01:16 AM

what kind of tree is it ? can you imagine some of the figure behind the bark!.......Schloemoe

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 01:37 AM

Thats the tree they “made” in Disney world.

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 01:39 AM

That’s the Disney tree for sure. That tricky Larry1

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 01:53 AM


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#6 posted 06-03-2010 02:02 AM

It appears that I am mistaken, I was sent these pics and the caption said it was in Africa… after a little googling I found that this is in Disney Land…
My apologies… but still a great set of photos…

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 02:10 AM

wow larry…that is some kind of african carver they got there….the lions and tigers and bears must be kept away while this guy carves away…….....had to poke ya some mate… is a great tree though huh…..

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 02:55 AM

Wow Larry, thats a lot of work to carve.

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 07:32 AM

Not Disneyland (California), but Disney World (Florida), where they have waaay more land. I think the difference is something like 40x the park space that they have in CA. LA is so crowded. After making DL, Walt wanted more. He didn’t like that right outside his magical world in view of the park were trashy motels and crummy streets. He wanted to control all of that so people flew in, went to their hotels, enjoyed the park(s), and left again all while completely in his world, so the magic was never broken.

He hired multiple firms working under secret names to buy up huge tracts of land in FL. Then a newspaper (or magazine?), investigating the rampant buy-ups in the previously undesired area in Orlando printed that they thought it must be Disney, and the very next day, land value in the area shot from something ridiculous, like $100/acre to something like $6k/acre. He would have been able to buy up far more land if they hadn’t printed it, and Disney World would be insanely large, instead of just improbably so :)

Curious side note – Walt was flying over FL making up his mind finally to not build on the coast, but rather in Orlando on the day that Kennedy was assassinated. They were flying back to LA at night and stopped over in New Orleans to refuel and were given the news. They got back to LA, and he shut Disneyland down the next day in mourning for the lost president.

I’ve been to DW many times, the last being in college years back. This tree is in the 4th of the 4 parks there (after Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and MGM Studios), named Animal Kingdom. It’s a 500 acre recreation of the African deserts with its own safari rides in actual land rover vehicles past hundreds of actual African wildlife roaming all over. There are fenced areas keeping them from all feasting on each other, but you can’t see most of them. It’s all cleverly hidden so you feel like you’re just out in open, untamed wilderness. Pretty impressive. The tree – when I went – housed a movie under its base. It was a small standing theater that showed a 3D movie (with glasses) with the Bug’s Life characters, with lots of silly things like air and water jets to make it seem like bugs were sneezing on you and such, and also with animatronic bugs in the walls and ceilings that would come out and interact with the audience and movie. The line wraps back and forth all around the tree, so you have a lot of time to check out the hundreds of carvings. The tree itself is a rebar frame with carved concrete done up to look like wood, and it’s pretty convincing even up close. The leaves were all tied on by hand, and also look very real up close. I guess they’re some sort of plastic.

I want to see the real tree, btw! That thing is incredible. There can’t be too many like those in the world.

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 06:20 PM

Impressive tree (Both the cement and wood version.)

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#11 posted 06-05-2010 01:17 AM

My nephew spent a couple of years in Africa, he said that those trees were deemed “godlike”, and were not cut down; so, every other tree is cut down, leaving the baobob trees to themselves.

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#12 posted 06-05-2010 06:45 AM

It hurts my head trying to figure out the board feet that tree would produce!

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#13 posted 06-05-2010 07:40 PM

We have lots of big rocks, but no trees in those dimensions here in Norway. A great place for sculptors. Vigeland for example. Very nice to see Larry. Thanks for the post.

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#14 posted 06-06-2010 05:26 AM

The real one is so much more impressive eh?

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