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August 26, 2016

Location: Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge is one of favorite resorts on property. There is so much to do and see in both the regular resort along with the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) portion of the resort as well. Today we are headed to the DVC side to learn about a reference that was years in the making.

Shortly after Steamboat Willie debuted, Walt and his team of animators decided to create a brand new animation series allowing them to experiment with different innovative film techniques. The series, the Silly Symphonies, had a total of 75 short cartoons from 1929 to 1939. While most of these shorts had monumental moments like the first appearance of Donald Duck (1934's The Wise Little Hen), the debut of the multiplane camera (1937's The Old Mill), or Academy Award winners (like 1934's The Three Little Pigs), today we are going to focus on one of the largest landmarks in animation history.

In 1932 the Silly Symphony cartoon Flowers and Trees debuted marking the first time in history that an animated film was produced in color. This helped pave the way for Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and even modern cartoons like Zootopia. So why are we talking about this classic attraction?

While guests are in the lobby of the Disney Vacation Club section of the resort, they can find amazing hidden Mickey's, actual train cars from Walt Disney's Carolwood Pacific Railroad, and a health club known as Sturdy Branches Health Club.

Sturdy Branches Health Club

If you pay close attention to the windows leading into the health club, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find some outlines of trees. So where do these trees come from exactly? Flowers and Trees, of course!

Sturdy Branches Health Club


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