Last Sunday, we were fortunate enough to visit a lesser known historic, Disney location in Los Angeles: Walt Disney's Barn. If you haven't visited before, you owe it to yourself to take the drive. It's a great place to see another side to the genius of the Disney vision.
The barn, which was Walt's private workshop, is now a small museum filled with incredible collectibles dedicated to Disney and his love for model trains. Volunteers keep the location in its original state the best they can (only updating it to adhere city codes and such) because they realize how important it is to keep such rich history.
- Carolwood Barn resembles the barn Disney used to play in as a child in Marceline, Missouri.
- The Santa Fe and Disneyland Rainroad combine car, located towards the back of the Live Steamers Club, actually ran on the opening day of Disneyland in 1955.
- When being transported to Griffith Park, the barn had to be taken apart and put back together.
- It is said that this barn is where Disney Imagineering first began.
It is great for kids and adults alike. There is even a small train you can ride around the property! For our afternoon, we brought a small picnic at the eating area (it is picnic month, after all!) and then strolled around the exhibits. The volunteers are so welcoming and clearly big Disney fans as well. They will have special guests sometimes, so follow them on Facebook and/or Instagram for the latest news.
Want even more of a reason to visit? Both the parking and admission are free (donations to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Museum are always accepted). The Barn is open on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm, so be sure to note that in your calendar!
Walt's barn was transplanted from his home in Holmby Hills to Griffith Park with the Live Steamers Club, and is now known as the Carolwood Barn. Why Carolwood Barn? Because it was originally built in the backyard of Disney's home on 355 Carolwood Drive. Ah, snap! Now you can get that right when it comes up at trivia night.
I'm not gonna lie; I do NOT miss traffic in Los Angeles. Living in southern California all my life, I only did the horrendous drive for five years when I worked in West L.A. The 405 is the worst place EVER. Now that I think about it, I wish I had invested in audio books. At least that would have helped make the drive tolerable.
The quote on this tank was inspired by one of my friends who didn't grow up here. He would comment "That's so L.A." when referring to ridiculous things that happen here. Traffic, paparazzi, saying "the" before any freeway reference. Did you know we are the only ones that say "the 405" and "the 101"? I can't imagine saying it any other way! LOL!
What other aspects of this city would make you say "That's so L.A."?
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