Steve Dobbs, a retired Boeing aerospace engineer and big Disney fan has given his grandkids a great reason to visit: he built a little Disneyland in his backyard.
Steve calls his theme park, Dobbsland and it’s pretty close to the real thing. This Disneyland-inspired amusement park has it’s own version of Disney staples including a “Sleeping Princess” castle and a “Winifred-the-Poof” ride. Not to mention a 100-foot-long roller coaster that can go up to 12-miles-per-hour!
The retired engineer grew up near Disneyland. He watched it being built and used to sneak in and play in the park. He always dreamed of building a ride at Disneyland and was inspired to create his own amusement park when he started having trouble keeping the grandkids entertained.
“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,” Steve says.
Awwww! Grandpa of the year, right over here.
His first creation was a homemade Pirates of the Caribbean-themed ride complete with ping pong shooters for cannons. And from there his imagination went wild.
Grandpa Dobbs is currently working on a few new projects including a Finding Nemo-themed submarine ride and spinning teacups.
We bet his grandkids now never want to leave. But once they do, can we give the roller coaster a whirl?