Disneyland Releases Statement About New Orleans Square Railroad Station Fire
Early morning on December 29, a small fire broke out near the New Orleans Square Railroad Station in Disneyland Park. Now, Disneyland has released a statement to the Orange County Register about the incident.
“The small fire near the New Orleans Square train station caused minimal disruption and no injuries,” a Disneyland representative told the Register.
The fire damaged the small building (the radio house) and water tower to the right in the above photograph.
The train station is based on a set from the 1948 Disney film “So Dear To My Heart.” Walt wanted to use the original movie set, but animator Ward Kimball did not want to return it after Walt had given it to him, so a replica was built. When the park opened in 1955, it was known as Frontierland Station.
The Disneyland Railroad was also then known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, named for the sponsor Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It was changed to the Disneyland Railroad when the sponsorship ended in 1974.
Frontierland Station was renamed New Orleans Square Station in September 1966, two months after New Orleans Square opened.
The radio house was used to film the “Two Brothers” section of Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland and The American Adventure at EPCOT. It currently functions as a break room. The water tower at the station is actually functional and used to refill the steam trains.
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