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Agriculture and Tractor Display at
Bountiful Valley Farm
Presented by Caterpillar
 
“Learn about the bounty of California, the nation’s
number one farming state — It’s edu-licious!!!”
 
Sign for Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Welcome to Bountiful Valley Farm, Presented by Caterpillar, a “tribute to the abundance and diversity of agriculture in California.”

Other theme parks have attractions with pirates or submarines. But where else can you find an attraction with full-size farm equipment?

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Watch crops grow.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Watch juicy Valencia oranges grow.

Before you get to the tractors, admire the many crops growing here. California is the nation’s number one farming state, and this area provides a sample of the many crops that grow in the state’s sun-drenched, fertile valleys.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

A Hereford steer and a Holstein dairy cow welcome you to “Cow”lifornia.

Bountiful Valley Farm not only has real plants, it also has fake animals. A sign explains why the two life-size bovine statues are here:

“Since the first herd of BEEF cattle was ‘moo-ved’ to California in 1774, production of cattle and calves has become the 4th most valuable farm product in the state.

“With over one million cows producing MILK, California is the nation’s number one dairy state.”

But you didn’t come here to see plants and animals, did you? You came here to learn about tractors! So let’s move along.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Caterpillar farm equipment became bigger and better over the years.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Learn about the history of Caterpillar farm equipment.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

The Holt 75 was the innovative tractor whose treads were the basis for the name Caterpillar.

Caterpillar Inc. is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. But the company traces its roots to California. A sign summarizes how the company was born:

“At the turn of the 20th century, two of America’s most innovative tractor makers—Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best—were both based in northern California.

“Though California is home to some of the nation’s most fertile farmland, traditional tractor wheels of the 1900s often got bogged down in the state’s soft, sandy soil. Holt responded by developing tracks to replace tractor wheels.

“The tracks spread the machine’s considerable weight over a greater area, allowing California farmers to cultivate the wet soil along steep hillsides.

“In 1904, a spectator inadvertently helped name the Holt 75 when he remarked that she crawls along like a caterpillar.

“By 1925, agriculture pioneers Holt and Best merged, thus forming the Caterpillar Tractor Company.”

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

An antique Caterpillar tractor.

Now that you’ve learned about the history of Caterpillar, take a look at three current models. Sorry. You can’t go on a tractor ride. But you can admire the equipment in all its bright yellow glory. And, in one case, you can even climb into the cab.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

CAT Challenger 55 in the Caterpillar tractor yard

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Caterpillar CAT Challenger 95E Tractor

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

You can go into the Challenger 95E.

Walk up the stairs behind the Challenger 95E and climb into the cab. Take a look at the sophisticated controls and monitors that farmers use these days. With all the controls, it’s more like a cockpit than a cab.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Caterpillar CAT 262 Skid Steer Loader

Here at Bountiful Valley Farm, you’ll learn that Caterpillar farm equipment isn’t just for tilling soil. Pretend you’re an orange grower. How would you haul orange crates through your grove? With a CAT 226 skid steer loader, fitted with forks to carry crates, of course. Other producers use Caterpillar equipment to haul feed and perform maintenance. Versatile, eh?

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Shop at the outdoor Caterpillar Cart for model farm equipment.

By now, you might be so excited by Caterpillar equipment that you want to take home a reminder of your visit to Bountiful Valley Farm. You’re in luck! The Caterpillar Cart offers a fine selection of model farm equipment and other Caterpillar souvenirs.

Want more? There’s a shop for you.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Shop at Santa Rosa Seed and Supply for gardening supplies, flowers, and plants.

Let’s go inside the shop.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Santa Rosa Seed and Supply sells everything from fruit to tee-shirts...

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

...and more Caterpillar stuff!


Bountiful Valley Farm was one of the original features of Disney’s California Adventure when the park opened in February 2001—one of nine attractions in the park’s Golden State district.

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Scanned from Guide to the Magic brochure, July 26 - August 6, 2002

As the above scan shows, the name “Bountiful Valley Farm” referred both to a section within the park’s Golden State district and to an attraction within that section.

In addition to the agricultural displays, tractors, and gift shop described in this article, the Bountiful Valley Farm section also included It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, the Irrigation Station water-play area, a small entertainment stage, and two counter-service restaurants: Bountiful Valley Farmers Market and Sam Andreas Shakes (“delicious to a fault”).

Bountiful Valley Farm at Disney's California Adventure

Does the P.T. Flea Market building look familiar?

When A Bug’s Land opened in fall 2002 as a new district at Disney’s California Adventure, Bountiful Valley Farm became a part of that district. Santa Rosa Seed and Supply became the P.T. Flea Market. Caterpillar continued to sponsor Bountiful Valley Farm until late 2006. When Caterpillar left, they took their tractors with them.

In late 2007, Disney announced the $1.1 billion redo of California Adventure. Plans showed that the site of Bountiful Valley Farm would become the starting point for the desert road into the Cars Land. It would only be a matter of time until Bountiful Valley Farm would be no more.

Bountiful Valley Farm closed forever on September 7, 2010. Construction walls went up. The structures came down. The structure that housed Santa Rosa Seed and Supply (and then P.T. Flea Market) was moved near Paradise Garden Grill (former Burger Invasion Hosted by McDonald’s) for indoor seating.

For centuries, mankind has been toiling to turn deserts into verdant farms. But at Disney California Adventure, the farm was turned into part of a desert—and most Disney park fans are delighted.


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Photo of Bountiful Valley Farm sign: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bountiful Valley Farm scarecrow and crops: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Valencia orange trees at Bountiful Valley Farm: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bountiful Valley Farm steer and cow: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bountiful Valley Farm wall with mural: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Caterpillar art at Bountiful Valley Farm: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bountiful Valley Farm Holt 75 sign: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bountiful Valley Farm antique tractor: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Caterpillar CAT Challenger 55: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Caterpillar CAT Challenger 95E with stairs: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Caterpillar CAT Challenger 95E: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Caterpillar CAT 262 Skid Steer Loader: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of outdoor Caterpillar Cart at Bountiful Valley Farm: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Santa Rosa Seed and Supply exterior: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Santa Rosa Seed and Supply interior: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Caterpillar merchandise at Santa Rosa Seed and Supply: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Scan of excerpt from Guide to the Magic brochure, July 26 - August 6, 2002: Copyright Disney.
Photo of P.T. Flea Market exterior: 2009 by Allen Huffman.