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Here's the link to a picture from someone who was on the Mark Twain as it happened.
This wasn't the first old tree to fall at Disneyland Park, and others have already been removed.
Trees and people grow old and die. I'm kinda sure it wasn't really a political statement. Nor should a tree or people be replaced by plastic, fiberglass, or cement... the sky is not falling, and we do not need to cut out every living tree in the park...
The truth is...Disneyland is growing old now. Celebrate those old trees, the way Walt did, long, long years ago. He believed that they would make the park grow more beautiful each and every year...and that now fallen 60 year old tree did just that. The mess was cleaned up very fast by the young...soon that old tree...and old people will fade into history and be forgotten. It's the nature of things I suppose...
I reckon I'm slightly older than that tree was...and I'm thankful that it made the place so beautiful all these years... The young must plant a new tree now, and, if they do, maybe the beauty Walt dreamed about once upon a time will continue...
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan
Don't trees generally become diseased or die before they fall, unless there's a storm that knocks them down? If that's the case maybe it's time to get a horticulturist in there to check out the rest of the trees and make sure they're okay. If one of those grand, huge trees falls on someone - or a limb does - it's going to be horrible. You can't stop every accident from ever happening but if they can weed out the diseased/dead trees now it might stop some of them.
And that's not living in a bubble - as far as I know, a lot of major parks/zoos/areas with lots of trees have these sort of checks/pruning happening.
Tree revolution... :lol:
I would guess that this tree must have been on the bank of the river since it fell into the river, which would lead me to believe that it likely fell due to "washing away" or erosion of the soil. I'm kind of surprised the landscapers or whoever takes care of the trees at the park didn't catch this before it happened.
Soon, we'll all be required to wear helmets before entering the park. Or like someone said, nets! Everywhere! (Sarcasm!)
I hope this doesn't lead to an overreaction such as removing the old trees...
There have been limbs falling off of trees in the past, but don't remember a tree falling over in the recent past.
Look where the tree was . . . on the slanted berm around the river. Erosion is more likely here, plus if you've got a tree growing at an angle, then gravity is working against it. Also, you have to look at the water leaks, of which there are assuredly some small leaks around the river, which could over time lead to soil erosion, root rot. Plus, when it rains, where does the water go after flowing down the embankment? If it pools, then you got the same situation as leaks around the river, too much water.
None of the trees on Main Street have this problem, and they are upright, unlike this tree which I believe was one of the ones that slants down towards the river.
Wow. Thank goodness the Mark Twain or canoes were nowhere nearby. The results could have been devastating.
Here is an old article from the OC Register a couple years ago. Can you imagine? No wind. No rain. Just a diseased tree and a motorist in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Decay suspected in tree that crushed woman| - News - The Orange County Register
This happened maybe no more than 15 miles away and I am pretty sure the soil there is very similar to the soil around the ROA. So perhaps disease is part of the problem.
I hate to seem selfish but I hope they replace the tree with something impressive rather than nothing at all, or perhaps even worse a young tree only 5 feet tall with a thin trunk and maybe 5 leaves hanging from it.
I say hollow it out, Splash Mountain can use a couple more logs.
If the tree was on the riverbank on an angle and it eroded, it's just one of those unfortunate things that happen, I guess - and it's a good thing that nobody in the area was harmed.
Carsland/DCA means more plants to keep in top shape.
Disney grows trees to various ages, but the best results are when a relatively young tree is planted and given time to grow to an adult sized tree.
What should happen to the wood from this tree? A few ideas:
1.Make sticks for the corn dogs and candy apples.
2.Have the various cut logs carved into Disney Characters by the people who carve the Halloween pumpkins then put them on display.
3. Grind the tree to tiny slivers of wood and sell them like holy relics in the gift shops for $9.99 each. (Just like some folks do with pieces of the "True Cross.")
I'm betting Disney goes for option #3