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Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn is a museum dedicated to showcasing Walt Disney's love of trains and its impact on his life and creative endeavors.
5202 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA
Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn is open to the public the third Sunday of each month (weather permitting), as well as the first Sunday during the summer, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free, but donations of any size are always appreciated. Our collection includes artifacts owned by Walt Disney himself, including tools, workbenches, train equipment and rolling stock, and personal items. The Foundation also boasts an extensive collection of artifacts associated with legendary animators (and railfans) Ollie Johnston and Ward Kimball. Included in the collection are Ollie Johnston's miniature depot (which was in his backyard and served as a playhouse for his two sons) and the original combine car from the Disneyland Railroad (used in the park from 1955 to 1974). The Foundation conducts various special events and book signings throughout the year. Be sure to check back here, as well as carolwood.org, for the latest news and information! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @waltsbarn
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Walt Disney was one of the most influential people of the 20th century - entertaining and inspiring millions with his vision and imagination, even over five decades after his death. But few realize just how much Walt’s creativity was influenced by his lifelong love of trains.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Walt could shed his responsibilities as the head of a major Hollywood studio for a few hours and relax by tinkering with his model railroad layout in the backyard of his five-acre estate on Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills. The Carolwood Pacific Railroad was Walt’s pride and joy, and he would often spend a good many of those hours in his little red barn in the middle of the layout.
This time in the barn was one of Walt’s primary influences on his dreams for Disneyland Park, which opened in 1955. In fact, one of his initial requests during the design phase is that he wanted the park to look like nothing else on earth - and he wanted it surrounded by a train. For this reason, the barn is considered “the birthplace of Imagineering.” After the death of Walt's widow, Lillian, in 1997, the Disney family sold the Carolwood property. At the request of Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller, the barn was removed and placed in the care of the Los Angeles Live Steamers and the Carolwood Society. It was rebuilt, piece by piece, at the Live Steamers facility in Griffith Park and dedicated on July 19, 1999. For over two decades, the barn has served as a museum dedicated to Walt's love of trains and model railroading - and how that fascination fueled an entire creative legacy that now reaches around the world. It was Diane’s vision that this museum allow the public to get to know a more intimate side of her famous father. The exhibits chronicle how trains influenced many aspects of Walt's life - from Disney films to Disneyland - and include many artifacts personally owned by Walt himself.
Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn is open the third Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free, but donations are always appreciated. The museum is now operated by the Carolwood Foundation, an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on Walt Disney’s railroad legacy.