Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn

Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn 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.
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Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn is a museum operated by the Carolwood Foundation - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization - on behalf of The Walt Disney Family Foundation. Carolwood is dedicated to preserving the personal railroad legacy of Walt Disney and celebrating the creative legacy it inspired. The Carolwood Foundation and The Walt Disney Family Foundation are not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company.

Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn is a museum operated by the Carolwood Foundation - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization - on behalf of The Walt Disney Family Foundation. Carolwood is dedicated to preserving the personal railroad legacy of Walt Disney and celebrating the creative legacy it inspired. The Carolwood Foundation and The Walt Disney Family Foundation are not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company.

We hope to see you folks next Sunday, August 15th, 11AM-3PM!  📸: Walt’s Barn Crew Photographer Stephen Russo
08/08/2021

We hope to see you folks next Sunday, August 15th, 11AM-3PM!

📸: Walt’s Barn Crew Photographer Stephen Russo

Walt's Barn Crew thanks everyone who came out today! You made our day! Looking forward to our next Public Day on Sunday,...
07/19/2021

Walt's Barn Crew thanks everyone who came out today! You made our day! Looking forward to our next Public Day on Sunday, August 15th. We are back!

Walt's Barn Crew thanks everyone who came out today! You made our day! Looking forward to our next Public Day on Sunday, August 15th. We are back!

Walt’s Barn is ready to welcome you back in just one hour!
07/18/2021

Walt’s Barn is ready to welcome you back in just one hour!

Walt’s Barn is ready to welcome you back in just one hour!

07/18/2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021

In accordance with newly announced Los Angeles County protocols, masks and social distancing are required for all enclosed exhibits at Wal's Barn.

Non-vaccinated visitors must wear a mask at all times during their visit. The Carolwood Foundation cares about the well-being of all our guests and volunteers, as well as maintaining a safe and comfortable environment for all. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

The Carolwood Foundation is looking forward to sharing Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn with guests as soon as it is possibl...
06/22/2021

The Carolwood Foundation is looking forward to sharing Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn with guests as soon as it is possible to reopen. We are NOT closed permanently, and have been working hard for the last month to prepare for our next free Public Day. Please watch here and on our Twitter (@waltsbarn) for an announcement and details about our reopening date. Thank you!

The Carolwood Foundation is looking forward to sharing Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn with guests as soon as it is possible to reopen. We are NOT closed permanently, and have been working hard for the last month to prepare for our next free Public Day. Please watch here and on our Twitter (@waltsbarn) for an announcement and details about our reopening date. Thank you!

Happy 92nd to everyone’s favorite pixie, Margaret Kerry!
05/11/2021

Happy 92nd to everyone’s favorite pixie, Margaret Kerry!

Happy 92nd to everyone’s favorite pixie, Margaret Kerry!

The Carolwood Foundation and the whole crew at Walt's Barn send sincere condolences to the family of Disney Legend Ron D...
01/02/2021
Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland talk by Tony Baxter, Ron Dominguez, Doug Marsh at Walt's Barn

The Carolwood Foundation and the whole crew at Walt's Barn send sincere condolences to the family of Disney Legend Ron Dominguez, who passed away January 1, 2021 at the age of 85. Ron was truly an original Disneylander, having been born on property that was later purchased by Walt Disney for Disneyland. Ron worked at the park, starting as a ticket taker and rising through the ranks to eventually serve as a company executive. Along the way he filled many positions, including opening the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland attraction.

In August, 2017 we were honored to welcome Ron to share his memories of the Mine Train attraction during our Summer barbecue. Although he was too ill to attend in person, he joined us via an audio link. Hearing him share personal stories of Disneyland's early years and its creator, Walt Disney, was a highlight of the evening. Enjoy that discussion in the attached link, caught by a guest at the event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI-ZTTh2NE0&t=272s

Carolwood Society fundraiser at Walt's Barn, August 12, 2017. Talk given by Tony Baxter, Ron Dominguez and Doug Marsh. Introduction by Bill Farmer, the voice...

12/25/2020

On behalf of the Crew of Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn, we wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Let’s hope we can all gather at the barn in 2021.

Please join Walt’s Barn Crew members Jeff and Sam tomorrow December 3rd @ 5PM for a talk looking into Walt Disney’s pass...
12/02/2020
The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad

Please join Walt’s Barn Crew members Jeff and Sam tomorrow December 3rd @ 5PM for a talk looking into Walt Disney’s passion for trains. 🚂
Thank you!

Volunteers from Walt's Barn in LA will speak on Walt Disney's fascination with railroading.

07/16/2020

The designer Bob Gurr is reunited with another one of his “children” (as he calls them).

07/15/2020

Happy 21st to Walt’s Barn! We miss everyone and hope to get together again soon!

Happy 244th America!
07/04/2020

Happy 244th America!

04/19/2020

Under ordinary circumstances we are open the third Sunday of each month from 11am to 3pm. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are closed to the public. We will be following directives issued by the State of California and the City of Los Angeles. Please follow us here and on Twitter (@waltsbarn) for updates. Thank you!

04/19/2020

Just a reminder that Walt’s Barn will not be open for our previously scheduled free public day. Both the State of California and the City of Los Angeles have restricted large gatherings during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your continued support and follow us here and on social media for updates.

Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn Crew
02/19/2020

Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn Crew

Thank you all for coming on Sunday and making the day so special!A big thanks to our guests Tom Sito and Margaret Kerry ...
02/19/2020

Thank you all for coming on Sunday and making the day so special!
A big thanks to our guests Tom Sito and Margaret Kerry with new hubby Bob!

Margaret and Bob are here!
02/16/2020

Margaret and Bob are here!

Animation artist and author Tom Sito is here! The Barn is open today from 11-3.
02/16/2020

Animation artist and author Tom Sito is here! The Barn is open today from 11-3.

January 19, 2020
01/25/2020

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Please join Walt’s Barn Crew for a lovely and warm day in the park tomorrow, January 19th from 11AM - 3PM!
01/19/2020

Please join Walt’s Barn Crew for a lovely and warm day in the park tomorrow, January 19th from 11AM - 3PM!

Christmas at Walt's Barn 12-15-2019
12/25/2019

Christmas at Walt's Barn 12-15-2019

Tonight, Disney Legend Floyd Norman was presented the Ward Kimball Award! He was recognized for his continuous support o...
12/16/2019

Tonight, Disney Legend Floyd Norman was presented the Ward Kimball Award!
He was recognized for his continuous support of Walt Disney's Barn and the joy and smiles he brings to our guests!
Thank you, Floyd, for all that you do! We couldn't do it without you!

Santa’s here!
12/15/2019

Santa’s here!

Walt’s Barn is open today from 11-3! 🎄🚂
12/15/2019

Walt’s Barn is open today from 11-3! 🎄🚂

Walt’s Barn will be open tomorrow, Sunday December 15th! 11-3.Please come and celebrate Christmas in the Park with us! 🌲...
12/14/2019

Walt’s Barn will be open tomorrow, Sunday December 15th! 11-3.
Please come and celebrate Christmas in the Park with us! 🌲🚂

Remembering Walt Disney on his birthday and every day.
12/05/2019

Remembering Walt Disney on his birthday and every day.

Christmas has come to Carolwood! 🎅🌲🚂
12/01/2019

Christmas has come to Carolwood! 🎅🌲🚂

The Barn is open today from 11-3! Special day with special guest Charles Phoenix! We are all decked out for the holidays...
12/01/2019

The Barn is open today from 11-3! Special day with special guest Charles Phoenix! We are all decked out for the holidays and just waiting for you to make the day festive! 🎅 🌲 🚂

If you’re going to the D23 Expo tomorrow, August 23, be sure to come to the “Making Walls Talk: Disney Historic Sites an...
08/22/2019

If you’re going to the D23 Expo tomorrow, August 23, be sure to come to the “Making Walls Talk: Disney Historic Sites and Museums in Conversation” panel on the Walt Disney Archives Stage at 2:30 p.m. Walt’s Barn will be participating along with friends from The Walt Disney Family Museum, Walt Disney Birthplace, and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum!

Come by and say howdy to TOP DISNEY author Christopher Lucas and enjoy a lovely summer day at Griffith Park. Walt’s Barn...
08/18/2019

Come by and say howdy to TOP DISNEY author Christopher Lucas and enjoy a lovely summer day at Griffith Park. Walt’s Barn will be open until 3PM today.

Walt’s Barn is open today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - featuring special guest, Christopher Lucas.
08/18/2019

Walt’s Barn is open today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - featuring special guest, Christopher Lucas.

Just a reminder that Walt’s Barn will be open tomorrow, August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our special guest will be...
08/17/2019

Just a reminder that Walt’s Barn will be open tomorrow, August 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our special guest will be author Christopher Lucas, who will be signing copies of his new book, TOP DISNEY.

We’ve reached 3,000 followers on Twitter!
08/17/2019

We’ve reached 3,000 followers on Twitter!

We’ve reached 17,000 followers on Facebook! 🚂
08/17/2019

We’ve reached 17,000 followers on Facebook! 🚂

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5202 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA
90027

General information

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.

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Two years ago even though it seems like yesterday. I'm certain that so many people are looking forward to the reopening!
I was wondering if you all are open, or have any projected opening dates? 🙂
Will you be open on Dec 15th?
This Disneyland fan spent 20 years creating a miniature replica railroad in his backyard. Just like Walt, he loves his railroads!
Are blueprints available for Walt's barn? I'd love to build a scale model.
We had a fun time listening to Mr. Floyd Norman today on Disney Barn Sunday!
Can you only visit Disney's Barn on the third Sunday of each month?
What a beautiful day at the Barn
Discovered this under the Christmas tree at Disney California Adventure.
You may not know about Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut, but he and Walter Knott played a significant role in helping Walt Disney crystalize his dream of building Disneyland. Bud was a pioneer in manufacturing miniature trains. You can still visit Bud's amusement park and his diesel trains to this day. Head to Castle Park in Riverside, CA.
How would I contact you about possible item in your lost and found? Txs.