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Walt's Barn

Walt Disney built a barn in the backyard of his new Carolwood Drive home in 1950. As a Disney building, it was somewhat less than full size, designed by architect and Hollywood set designer John V. Cowles, Jr. Walt installed basic machine and woodworking tools in the barn and it was here that he could tinker with projects when he felt like it. His standard poodle, Duchess Disney, would keep him company, reminding him to go to bed when it grew near midnight.

The barn was saved in 1999 when the house was destroyed and it is now open once a month in Griffith Park, next to the Los Angeles Live Steamers, at 5202 Zoo Drive. The free exhibit (donations are gladly accepted) opens on the third Sunday of each month from 11am to 3pm. (Walt's Barn will be open April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21...and so on in 2019.)

I was honored to spend St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at the Barn, signing copies of Inventing Disneyland. Doug Marsh of the Carolwood Foundation, which operates the Barn, was ou…

Southern California March 13-17, 2019

A lot of folks have asked how they could have their copy of Inventing Disneyland signed, and I would be glad to do it, but I'm based in Seattle. I'll be in the Los Angeles area next week and I'll visit these spots to meet folks--feel free to drop by with questions and/or books to sign.

Wednesday, March 13 11am
Orange County Archives
Old Orange County Courthouse  (basement, east end)
211 W. Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana

We'll be in San Diego that afternoon. If you'd like to meet, please suggest a location in the comments or by email at:

Thursday, March 14 1pm
New Starbucks
Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs

Sunday, March 17 11am-3pm
Walt's Barn - The Carolwood Foundation
5202 Zoo Drive, LA 90027
Between Travel Town and the Victory Blvd. bridge, just east of the LA Live Steamers.

I highly recommend both the Orange County Archives and Walt's Barn--if you haven't visited, this would be a good opportunity. If you m…