A retired aeronautical engineer built his own mini-theme park filled with mini-rides in his backyard for his grandchildren and their friends.
Steve Dobbs, a 68-year old former Boeing engineer from Fullerton, California, USA, created the Disneyland-inspired ride in his own yard and called it as Dobbsland.
Dobbs started this idea when he bought an electric Thomas the Tank Engine train three years ago for his grandchildren. The youngsters rode it but got bored quickly so Dobbs made a tunnel out of cardboard box. The kids wanted more, so he created a bigger tunnel out of family Christmas puzzles with some amusing features inside such as moving cartoon characters, amazing lights, and sounds set ups that look like the Disneyland’s Small World.
The mini-theme park also has Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Winnie the Pooh Ride, and the Madderhorn Rollercoaster, an adult-size rollercoaster which was created with the help of students of Cal Poly Pomona.
“My younger grandkids are nuts about Disneyland,” Dobbs told The Orange County Register. “I wanted to give them a reason to come over to my house to spend time with me, and Disneyland is tough to compete with”.
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source: The Orange County Register