Disneyland gets a dreaming tree.
Disneyland's 50th Celebration festivities kicked off with a tree presentation at the California theme park. Delegates from Walt Disney's hometown, Marceline, Missouri, presented horticultural director Karen Hedges with a descendant of the founder's so-called Dreaming Tree. Kaye Malins, a former Mouseketeer, owns the farm where Disney grew up and where the Dreaming Tree, a cottonwood, still grows. Disney said he spent many hours on his stomach beneath the huge tree, observing the natural world. This "belly botany," as he described it, later inspired his Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket characters. Hedges said the tree would be planted in a prominent place when it has reached a suitable size.