Golden Oak Ranch
Golden Oak Ranch is located in Santa Clarita
Golden Oak Ranch
Coordinates: 34°22′26″N 118°28′41″W / 34.374°N 118.478°W / 34.374; -118.478
Address19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California 91321, United States
 • Total360 ha (890 acres)

Golden Oak Ranch is an 890-acre (360-hectare) movie ranch owned by the 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, Santa Clarita, 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.[citation needed]

The ranch is on land that was part of the Rancho San Francisco land grant. Its name honors the first discovery of gold in California at the site by Francisco Lopez, years before the discovery that precipitated the California Gold Rush.[1] The ranch has a heliport, grassy meadows, two creeks, a waterfall, and various Western sets.[2]


Walt Disney Productions first leased the land for the Mickey Mouse Club "Adventures of Spin & Marty" segments in the 1950s.[3] The company bought the 315-acre (127 ha) ranch in 1959 for $300,000 (~$2.32 million in 2022).[2][4] Subsequent purchases of adjacent land increased the area of the ranch to 890 acres (360 ha).[4]

A business district set and residential street set were built on the ranch by 2012. The district set has 42 stores, while the residential set has 23 houses all with separate architectural style.[5]

In May 2013, Disney announced plans to redevelop 58 acres (23 ha) of the property into a new film and television production studio, consisting of six new sound stages and production offices.[6][7] The site will be called Disney | ABC Studios at The Ranch.[8]

The project was approved by Los Angeles County in August 2013.[3][9]

In October 2017, a second extension for the new studio's construction permit was granted, extending the permit to January 2019.[4]


The ranch was used to film the episodes of Spin and Marty, a popular segment of The Mickey Mouse Club and parts of Zorro. The first movie shot at the ranch was Toby Tyler. Most of the exterior scenes in Old Yeller were filmed here. The Bolton Estate scenes and several others from Disney's The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit was shot here. The town featured in Roots: The Next Generations was also built on the Golden Oak Ranch. Other films and television shows that were shot on this location include:[citation needed]

The ranch has also been used for filming Colonel Sanders commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken,[13] and the music video for Jordin Sparks' song, Battlefield.[14] A covered bridge spans the man-made stream featured in Follow Me, Boys!, episodes of Bonanza, The Greatest American Hero, various episode of multiple Star Trek series and was used for parts of the music video of Amaranth by Nightwish. The exterior house featured in the original 1961 film The Parent Trap was also shot on the ranch, as was the Peabody farm from the Universal film Back to the Future. It was also used for the filming of three of the five Herbie films, including two scenes at the lake in The Love Bug and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, along with Alonzo Hawk's dream sequence in Herbie Rides Again. In 1985, Big Top Pee-wee was filmed here and part of Short Circuit was filmed here as well. According to Phil Abraham, parts of "The Hobo Code" (a first-season episode of Mad Men) were filmed here (specifically, the scenes of Don Draper's childhood).[15] The rural farmhouse set on the ranch (known as "Olivia's House") played the part of Margaret Sterling's hippie commune in the fourth episode of Season 7 of Mad Men.[16] It is also the setting of Dwight Schrute's farm on several episodes of The Office, and has also been used for the exterior downtown scenes of WandaVision.[17] The official video of Ed Sheeran's song Overpass Graffiti was filmed there. The music video for HelloGoodbye's song "Here (In Your Arms)" was also filmed there.


  1. ^ Worden, Leon (October 2005). "California's REAL First Gold". COINage magazine. Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  2. ^ a b Collins, Keith (October 26, 2003). "Disney timeline". Variety. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Ted (27 August 2013). "L.A. County OKs Disney's Plans for New Studio Lot Near Santa Clarita". Variety. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Holt, Jim (October 17, 2017). "Plan to develop Golden Oak Ranch extended one year - again". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Paladin Multi-Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  5. ^ "Santa Clarita movie ranches corral Tarantino and other filmmakers". Company Town. Los Angeles Times. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2020-04-23.
  6. ^ Verrier, Richard (22 May 2013). "Disney moves forward with ABC Studios project at Golden Oak Ranch". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  7. ^ Cieply, Michael (19 May 2013). "Bold Growth Plans at Hollywood Studios". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Disney | ABC Studios at The Ranch, Where Indoor and Outdoor Production Meet". The Walt Disney Company. Golden Oak Ranch. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  9. ^ Cunningham, Todd (27 August 2013). "Disney Gets Greenlight for Major TV, Film Studio Near Santa Clarita". The Wrap. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Filming Location Matching "Walt Disney's Golden Oak Ranch - 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California, USA" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)". IMDb.
  11. ^ "Westworld at Golden Oak Ranch - filming location".
  12. ^ Fischer, J. & Kinsey, A. Earwolf Productions. June 2020. 'Initiation' - Office Ladies podcast.
  13. ^ Verrier, Richard (24 January 2012). "Santa Clarita movie ranches corral Tarantino and other filmmakers". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Jordin Sparks – Behind The Scenes of Battlefield Video". AOL Music. AOL. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  15. ^ Director Phil Abraham's DVD commentary track for "The Hobo Code". Man Men. Season 1. Episode 8. September 6, 2007. AMC.
  16. ^ Mad Men Season 7 Review: Episode Four - The Monolith By Ben Skipper. May 7, 2014, International Business Times.
  17. ^ "The Hidden Secrets Behind the Locations of WandaVision". 17 January 2021.