Walt Disney’s Own Man Cave Still Exists

Walt Disney’s Own Man Cave Still Exists

December 18th, 2016

In the back yard of one of the world’s most famous filmmakers’ Beverly Hills home was a modest looking barn fit for a modern day “ultimate man cave”.  It was built for Mr. Walt Disney himself and was the perfect spot for he and his friends to get away from it all, tinker, talk sports, dream up the next screenplay or gestate a crazy fun Disneyland ride.

Walt Disney Train

But the barn is only part of the story. It’s probably no surprise to many that since he was a boy, Walt had an extraordinary interest in locomotive trains. And because he was now one of America’s most wealthy film-making geniuses, he decided it was time to build a train he could actually ride on sharing the same back yard space as his barn. He named his creation the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Company after the same name of the street his home resided on.  I believe Walt used this same naming scheme for his first film distribution company, Buena Vista Pictures which along with his new film studio, resided on 500 S. Buena Vista Street.

After Walt’s passing, the house was sold and Walt’s daughter Lilly offered up the barn to a preservation society. The barn was then dismantled and stored away along with the locomotive and track until a new location could be acquired.

The barn was reassembled inside Griffith Park and opened up as a loan to the people of Los Angeles on July 19, 1999, and is located inside the original 1/8th scale track, the very same scale that Walt had at his home.

Once inside the barn you will find a wealth of information about Walt’s favorite past time.  You may be surprised to know the movie mogul built many of his own tables and equipment which are on display along with stories, photographs and of course miniature model trains.

Today the Barn is open on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm. Best part is parking is free along with admission. Donations to the Los Angeles Live Steamers Museum are accepted.

Walt Disney Barn Contact Information
818-934-0173 or email to barn@carolwood.org


  1. Jojo says:

    This is a cute little website, keep up the good work

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