On Sunday, December 15, the Disney Barn is proud to welcome Mindy Johnson, the author of “Tinker Bell: An Evolution”. Mindy will be signing her book from 11:00 to 1:00. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to speak to her and get your book signed. And as always, Santa Claus will be making a special appearance and collecting "Toys for Tots". So bring an unwrapped toy and help make Christmas a little brighter for a less fortunate child.
The Carolwood Foundation was saddened to hear of the loss of Diane Disney Miller. It was Diane’s desire to preserve her Dad’s love of trains by bringing the barn to Griffith Park and opening it up for all to enjoy. Please come to the barn on December 15th from 11:00 to 3:00 to honor the memory of this special lady and sign a remembrance book that will be sent to the Disney Family. We will also be collecting donations for the memorial fund set up by the Walt Disney Family Museum to support the museum's many great programs.
Diane was a great friend to the Carolwood Foundation. Her support of our projects allowed us to purchase the Disneyland Combine Car and continue to improve our displays. We have lost a great friend. Please help us pay tribute to our dear friend by coming to the barn and writing down your thoughts of what the Disney Family has given to the world. We hope you can make it out.
The Carolwood Foundation's mission is to preserve Walt Disney's railroad legacy. We accomplish this through: sharing our volunteers' and supporters' love of railroading; teaching our children to understand the role that railroads served in building America, and encouraging the continual appreciation of railroading.
Carolwood hosts several social events each year which have resulted in the creation of lifelong friendships among our members, and wonderful memories for all. We also operate Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn, located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, on behalf of the Walt Disney Family Foundation.
Today, Walt's Barn is a living showcase of Walt's passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt's Barn is filled with trains of all scales. Many of Walt's personal items and tools are displayed including work benches he built himself. Our guests also enjoy seeing the depot from animator Ollie Johnston's miniature railroad and our newest addition: an original "combine" coach from the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad!
Every third Sunday of the month, our members serve as volunteer hosts to the public at Walt's Barn. We invite you to visit Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn to learn more about Walt Disney and his railroad legacy. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Foundation saved Ollie's Station from the Johnston property before it went up for sale in 2007. The Station has been restored and is on display next to Walt's Barn in Griffith Park.
"Combine" is a railroad term for a coach that carries both passengers and freight. One such car was used on the Missouri Pacific train upon which Walt Disney worked as a 14-year-old news butch. The combine from the Disneyland Retlaw1 consist was purchased by the Carolwood Foundation in 2012. We have now completed the restoration but still need to construct a permanent shelter to home for the combine next to Walt's Barn.