This scene was shot at the Big Sky Movie Ranch,
That's about ten miles northwest of the San Fernando Valley,
Movie ranches sprung up early around the periphery of Los Angeles, when Hollywood
The movie ranches were close enough to L.A. that the studios could shoot there without
But in this case, the family house itself was built on the property, for the movie.
There are still quite a few movie ranches left around L.A., including Disney's own
(You can read more about the ranch here.)
Here is a Google StreetView of the ranch's entrance.
0:17:49: P.L. Travers arrives at Disney Studios, where she meets the
Since this film was made by Walt Disney Studios, it had a big advantage going in.
This is indeed Disney Studios, at 500 S. Buena Vista Street, in Burbank, CA.
The studio has more dramatic entrances off Riverside Drive, (where passersby
But the entrance scene in this movie was filmed at the more modest entrance
Other scenes in the movie were filmed throughout the Disney studio campus.
Here is a Google StreetView of the studio entrance.
0:32:09: As they turn down a winding road, that offers a particularly nice view of the Valley,
A very similar scene plays out again later, on the same winding road, at 1:29:44, but
This was a tricky road to find. From the view of the mountains, it was clear that this was
So it seemed a simple task to find a winding road heading north off Mulholland,
However, I didn't count on another modern innovation, CGI, getting in the way.
Leave it to Disney to use CGI to enhance a simple street in the Valley - so much so that I
But with a little help from a friend (thanks, Chas), I realized they had tinkered with reality,
This was shot at the top of Encino Hills Drive, where it leaves Mulholland Drive
(Note the matching bushes on the hilltop, and the digitally-removed poles...)
And here is a matching Google StreetView of the street (minus the CGI):
0:48:50: In another flashback to the author's childhood, we see the main street of the frontier
town of Allora, in Queensland, Australia. The stuffy banker returns to his bank, only to
catch Pamela's father the middle of a loud, drunken rant. He is almost fired on the spot,
saved only by the banker's sympathy for the innocent daughter.
This short scene was shot on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot.
You may well have been on this street yourself, if you've ever ridden the Universal's tram tour.
This is the studio's "Six Points Texas" Western street set. It's located
next to the Old Mexico Street, and is just north of the "Jaws" lake.
In the screencap above, the camera is looking northwest.
The "bank" is on the northeast side of the fake street.
0:50:43: There is a bittersweet childhood flashback scene of the author and
her alcoholic father sitting by a pond. She eats an ice cream cone, while
he drinks from a flask, and talks to her about denying reality.
The same pond is seen again (at night, this time) at 1:14:32...
...when her mother, driven to desperation by her husband's drinking, attempts suicide
by walking into the water - only to be stopped by her young daughter.
Both scenes were shot at the "Firestone Pond", at the
Firestone Movie Ranch at 35100 Anthony Rd, Agua Dulce, CA.
I have also heard this referred to as the Agua Dolce Movie Ranch
with the address given as a 34855 Petersen Road, in Agua Dulce, CA.
But I'm not sure what the relationship is, if any, between the two nearby ranches.
(Here is a photo of that pond, from the ranch's website.)
This is one location that needs no introduction to most readers.
But just for the sake of being thorough... this scene was shot at the
And to break down the various scenes in the park:
Walt meets P.L. Travers in front of the Train Station just inside the park's main gate:
He then escorts her (north) up Main Street USA.
( The scene that somewhat echoes the famous animated carousel scene in "Mary Poppins". )
1:51:41: P.L. Travers returns to Los Angeles to attend the premiere of the movie "Mary Poppins":
This scene was filmed where the actual "Mary Poppins" premiere took place in August of 1964,
at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood.
Here is a matching Bing StreetSide view of the theatre.
1:58:03: Finally, the last shot takes us back where the movie started...
The rose garden at the Los Angeles County Arboretum,
at 301 Baldwin Avenue, in Arcadia, CA.
More "Saving Mr. Banks locations on page one, if you missed it!
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