Golden Oak is a private residential community located on Walt Disney World property. The name references Golden Oak Ranch, a Disney production facility in California used since the 1950’s.
Although the Golden Oak community is closed to the general public, you can get access through a resident or by staying/dining at the on-site Four Seasons Resort.
The name of each neighborhood has a significant meaning from Walt Disney’s life:
- Carolwood: Walt lived on Carolwood Drive from 1950-1967.
- Kimball Trace: Ward Kimball was one of Walt Disney’s original team of animators/artists known as the Nine Old Men.
- Kingswell: A reference to the street in Los Angeles, Kingswell Avenue, where Walt lived and worked when he first moved to Hollywood.
- Marceline: The name of the town where Walt Disney spent the formative years of his childhood.
- Silverbrook: Presumably inspired by Silver Lake, the location of Walt and Roy’s first large animation studio in LA.
- Symphony Grove: An homage to Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies cartoons.
The streets within these neighborhoods also make reference to people and places with Disney significance including:
- Carthay Drive: Hollywood’s Carthay Circle Theatre hosted the premiere of Disney’s first animated feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
- Morey Court: Larry Morey co-wrote a number of memorable Disney songs including Heigh-Ho, Some Day My Prince Will Come, and Whistle While You Work.
- Dream Tree Boulevard: While living in on a farm in Marceline, MO as a child, Walt would spend hours under his dreaming tree learning to draw, write, and, of course, dream.
- Blaine Court: The first name of the Disney Legend known for his sculptures, Blaine Gibson.
- Los Feliz Drive: Los Feliz is a neighborhood in Los Angeles where Walt lived and worked from 1923-1950.
- Cottrell Way: Bill Cottrell was the first president of what is today known as Walt Disney Imagineering. His idea for a movie about an animal detective inspired The Great Mouse Detective (1986).
- Mattraw Place: Actor Scotty Mattraw provided the voice of Bashful in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
- Lounsberry Circle: John Lounsbery was one of Walt Disney’s original team of animators/artists known as the Nine Old Men. We assume the misspelling of his name at Golden Oak is an oversight.
The community’s private clubhouse, Summerhouse, was designed to resemble a Tuscan villa and contains a few restaurants, all named in honor of TV shows and movies filmed at Golden Oak Ranch. Some even display props and mementos from Walt and these productions:
- Markham’s Restaurant: Markham was the last name of Marty, one of the main characters in Spin and Marty, the popular series of TV shorts that aired as part of the original Mickey Mouse Club. The series was based on the 1942 novel Marty Markham by Lawrence Edward Watkin.
- Tyler’s Lounge: Inspired by the 1960 movie Toby Tyler.
- Bolton’s: Named after Fred Bolton, the lead character in the 1968 Kurt Russell classic, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit.
Address: 10501 Dream Tree Boulevard, Golden Oak, Florida 32836
Visitor Information: Contact Golden Oak Realty for visitor information
10501 Dream Tree Boulevard, Golden Oak, Florida 32836