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Fire Partially Damages New Orleans Square Train Station

Disneyland Railroad
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
December 30, 2022
January 2, 2023
An after hours fire at Disneyland that damaged the New Orleans Square train station has left the faint smell of smoke wafting over the Anaheim theme park during the busy holiday season.

The fire that broke out in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 29 during Disneyland’s overnight shift was quickly extinguished, according to Anaheim Fire Department officials.

The small fire near the New Orleans Square train station caused minimal disruption and no injuries, according to Disneyland officials.

The Anaheim Fire Department received a call at 3:29 a.m. on Thursday morning of a structure fire in the radio house of the New Orleans Square train station at Disneyland, according to Anaheim Police and Fire spokesperson Sgt. Jacob Gallacher. The Anaheim Fire Department and the on-site Disneyland Fire Department crews fought the small fire for 15 minutes.

The flames damaged the train station radio house building between the New Orleans Square depot and a water tower used to refill the steam engines. The radio house is used by Disneyland employees as a staff break room.

Disneyland erected white construction walls and a 20-foot-tall beige scrim to shield the fire-damaged building from visitors while the Disneyland Railroad continued to take riders on a “Grand Circle Tour” around the park.

The New Orleans Square depot is based on a movie set built for the 1948 Disney musical “So Dear To My Heart” that combined live action and animation, according to WDW News Today.

The telegraph office at the New Orleans Square train station plays a continuous morse code message that replays Walt Disney’s opening day Disneyland dedication from 1955.

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Disneyland Railroad

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New Orleans Square

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