Golden Oak Ranch is an 890-acre movie ranch owned by the Disney Studio Services division of Walt Disney Studios subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company that serves as a filming location and backlot. The ranch is off of Placerita Canyon Road outside of Newhall, California, less than an hour north of Los Angeles; its entrance is not far from Placerita Canyon Road's intersection with California State Route 14.
Walt Disney paid $300,000 for 315 acres of the land back in 1959. Other land purchases since then have increased the size of the movie ranch to 890 acres.
Golden Oak Ranch has been owned by the Disney Company since 1959 and has been a frequent shooting location for movies and TV shows, such as 1957’s “Old Yeller,” 2001’s “Pearl Harbor,” and 1993-2002’s “The X-Files.”
The ranch is seen numerous film and television productions including: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives and The Love Bug.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".