This Grandpa Built A Backyard Disneyland, And The Rollercoaster Is Epic.
So what do you do if you're a 68-year-old retired aerospace engineer with a lot of time on his hands? Do you travel the world, start a garden, or just chill on your porch all day? All of those sound like interesting options, but if you're like Steve Dobbs, you'll take your retirement to a whole new level by creating something amazing in your own backyard -- just so your grandkids will have somewhere awesome to play.
The story goes like this: Three years ago, Dobbs bought an electric Thomas the Tank Engine train for his grandchildren to enjoy in his backyard. As kids do, they got bored of it rather quickly, and Dobbs had to find a way to keep them interested. Armed with his lifetime of engineering skills and an understanding of what makes his grandkids tick, Dobbs created something amazing.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wonder that is Dobbsland.
Here's it is, the once-normal backyard that has been transformed into a miniature, personalized version of DIsneyland.
At first Dobbsland was comprised of a cardboard tunnel for the train. Three years later, it has turned into this -- every grandkids' dream.
“My younger grandkids are nuts about Disneyland,” Dobbs said in an interview. “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.”
The full Dobbsland has a tunnel made out of family Christmas puzzles, a Winnie the Pooh playhouse, spinning dolls, and more.
The space fits 50 people comfortably, but for now, the only ones who can ride the rides are either one adult or a group of small kids. Apparently, there's a project in the works to create a ride for teenagers as well.
Dobbsland is always under construction, according to the man himself -- he even has a plan to add spinning teacups and a walkway inspired by Disneyland's Main Street.
To see what this backyard theme park looks like in action, check out the video below!
Source: Orange County Register