|The Lilly Belle at the Walt Disney Family Museum|
Early plans for Disneyland changed often in size and proposed locations, but the one constant was always the presence of at least one train, usually circling the park. "Grand Circle Tour" would one day embed itself in the Disney vernacular as a memorable and magical train trip.
And then, of course, there was Walt's beloved Lilly Belle, the 1/8th scale model train that wound its way through his backyard in Holmby Hills in the 1950s.
Trains. Always trains.
The Walt Disney Family Museum will celebrate Walt's railroading passion with the new exhibition All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt's Trains. It will run from November 13, 2014 through February 9, 2015 at the museum's Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. Curated by Michael Campbell, president of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society, the exhibition will contain more than 200 artifacts, firsthand accounts, archival videos, images of Walt with his trains and actual model trains that will run throughout the show. It will also spotlight two of Walt's "Nine Old Man" who shared his love of trains, Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston, not to Imagineers, Roger Broggie and Bob Gurr, who were instrumental in making the trains at Disneyland a reality.
For tickets and more information about the Walt Disney Family Museum, visit www.waltdisney.org.