In June of 1956, Walt and his wife, Lilly, were driving around Colorado Springs when Walt saw a sign to the side of the road that read, “Petrified Trees For Sale.” Walt parked the car and, after assuring Lilly he wouldn’t be long, walked to a farmhouse near the sign and met the owner. They walked around the property, looking at the different pieces of petrified wood until finally Walt found the one that caught his eye. After making the arrangements to have it sent to his home, he returned to his car to a seething Lilly. He had left her in the car for an hour. But, light on his feet, Walt said, “Lilly, I just bought you a wonderful anniversary present - a petrified tree!” The tree, which weighed approximately five tons, arrived at their house for their 35th wedding anniversary on July 13th, where it spent nearly a year in Lilly’s garden before being put on display in Frontierland (which is where Walt wanted it all along.)
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".