Construction Walls Surround New Orleans Square Station Building Damaged by Fire in Disneyland

Construction walls and scrim surround the radio house building that was damaged by a fire at New Orleans Square Railroad Station in Disneyland Park.

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The radio house is next to the water tower, across from where guests board and exit Disneyland Railroad trains.

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The building is completely blocked from view by blue construction walls and green scrim wrapped around scaffolding that goes much higher than the building itself.

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The fire broke out when the park was closed and Disneyland said in a statement that nobody was injured.

New Orleans Square Railroad Station
Source: Jason Cochran

The photo above shows the radio house how it usually looks.

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The rest of the buildings at the New Orleans Square Station are fine.

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. It was renamed in September 1966, two months after New Orleans Square opened.

The Disneyland Railroad was also then known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, named for the sponsor Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The name was changed to the Disneyland Railroad when the sponsorship ended in 1974.

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. A Morse code message that emits from it is a translation of Walt’s opening day dedication: “To all who come to Disneyland, welcome. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future.”

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