Disneyland cuts down diseased trees and sells bark for merch


For die-hard Disney fans, immersing yourself in as much of the magical world as possible is a dream come true.

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Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images

And that includes buying Disney merch straight from historical parts of the park itself.

When trees around the famous Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride in Disneyland, California needed to be removed, Disney decided to turn the bark into special edition collectibles loved by fans could be purchased during Disney’s annual fan club conference, D23.

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A tree trunk has been made into a timeline of the classic ride, with the tree rings representing various years and milestones the ride endured during its lifetime. A total of 45 of these were created.

The second keepsake is a classic looking plague using the wood of the trees, featuring signage and themed elements from the ride. Four of these were made.

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The items were sold in Disneyland Resort’s galleries on Sunday, September 11 at D23 Expo, a trade show that draws thousands of fans to California each year.

Disney will also donate $25,000 to TreePeople, a charity that helps plant and tend trees throughout Southern California.

Pirates of the Caribbean originally opened at the park in 1967. It was the inspiration and starting point for the popular film series of the same name, starring Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.


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