Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Special Private Tour Day at Walt’s Barn

A Special Private Tour Day at Walt’s Barn

I’m a volunteer at Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn. Walt’s backyard “Happy Place” was moved to Griffith Park after Lillian Disney died. It is open for the public to enjoy the 3rd Sunday of every month.

Every so often a special tour group comes into Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park. Yesterday was one of those “special days”. Adventure by Disney (AbD) pulled off a surprise visit for a tour group. AbD had not told their guests that they had arraigned for the barn to be opened for them. This group of about 40 Disney fans were being shown around So. California visiting various Disney Destinations such as the Disney Studio, Muppet Studio, Walt Disney Imagineering and other locations. Walt’s Barn was a surprise stop. I had the pleasure of being the designated Barn tour guide for the event.

As the group came across the small scale train tracks, between properly gage railroad crossing arms you could see the look of realization they were at someplace special. Several were wiping tears from their eyes and one gentleman came over to me and made comment that he had dreamed of visiting the Barn for a long time but had never been able to arrange it, he was just the first to make that comment to me.

As I showed the people around the barn people were surprised by the amount of history in this rather small 30’ x 30’ barn. They were overjoyed to be allowed to hold and have their picture taken with a real Disney Legend Award (belonging to George Bruns). (This is only allowed during private tours with small groups and strict supervision.)

At the end of the tour as people were getting ready to get back on the bus and travel on to their next destination several came back to me and thanked me for the tour. All thanked the entire Barn Crew for coming in to open the Barn for them. I must say it was an honor to be part of sharing the magic of that is Walt’s Barn.

Walt’s Barn is run by the Carolwood Historical Society and Carolwood Foundation. It is staffed totally by volunteers who act as tour guides/docents. The volunteers also maintain, clean and repair items in the Barn as well as the Barn grounds and work on adding to the extensive collection of Disney memorabilia.

Walt’s Barn is located at 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca in Griffith Park.
The Barn is open to the public,
free of charge (Donations GREATFULLY Accepted)
the 3rd Sunday of each month.
Carolwood website:

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