Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn

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Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn
Photograph: Steven A. Miller

Walt Disney used to ride his own 1/8th scale live-steam railroad—the "Carolwood Pacific Railroad"—around his home in the Holmby Hills until he shifted his focus to a much bigger project: Disneyland. Though Walt and his private railroad have since passed, in 1999 the red barn that he used as his workshop was moved to Griffith Park's Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum. Every third Sunday of the month, you can visit the barn to find a collection of train models and memorabilia. Free parking is available in the lot off Zoo Drive.


Venue name: Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn
Address: 5202 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Third Sunday, 11am-3pm
Price: Free
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You'd never know this is here from the road, and its infrequent hours makes it that much more difficult to visit, but you should absolutely come here if you have the slightest interest in trains, Disney or LA history—which I imagine covers just about everyone. The space is well maintained and really feels special; you just might have to put up with an extreme Disnerd or two.