A trip to Disneyland is hard to beat, but a retired aeronautical engineer figured out a way to give his grandkids something even better. American Steve Dobbs transformed his California backyard into a mini theme park he calls Dobbsland.
The inspiration for this home attraction began three years ago after Dobbs purchased an electric Thomas the Tank Engine train for his grandkids to ride through his yard. When they got bored of it after 10 minutes, he started brainstorming ways to make the toy more exciting. “My younger grandkids are nuts about Disneyland,” he told The Orange Country 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.”
Using old Madame Alexander dolls his wife was planning to throw away, Dobbs turned the track into a replica of "It’s a Small World." He added lights, music, and even recreated the ride’s iconic clocktower using a pizza tin.
Since building that first ride in his backyard, Dobbs has added a Finding Nemo (2003) submarine made from trash bins and PVC pipe, a castle with motorized Frozen (2013) dolls, and a Winnie the Pooh ride built inside a playhouse. Dobbsland also features a 100-foot-longversion of Disneyland’s Matterhorn coaster that was built by students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona as part of their senior research project.
Dobbs says he’s now planning to add a miniature Mad Tea Party (tea cup) ride and a walkway inspired by Disney’s Main Street to the yard. The park is only open to friends and family, but for a peek at what it’s like inside you can watch the video above.
This is all too relatable!
Getting your children ready for school is one of the biggest uphill battles that parents face every weekday, and the Holderness family have perfectly shown what it feels like to be a parent Monday - Friday!
The Boys II Men parody of the group's song, 'It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday', focuses on the struggle of getting children to get up and out of bed in the morning.
One of our favourite lyrics was:
"On weekends you're up at 6 a.m. and on a school day you're like a zombie and I have to wake you up three times a day and I wanna pull all my hair out."
This is so true!
The video's summary reads: "Please tell us we aren't the only one that have this struggle," don't worry, you're definitely not!
Watch the video here:
The Spice Girls just took to Youtube to announce that they are getting back together for the 20th anniversary of their hit song ‘Wannabe’ BUT it will be without Mel C and Victoria Beckham.
The new group will be called Spice Girls - GEM! That’s the first initial from each band member Geri, Emma and Mel.
It’s no secret that identical twins share a bigger bond than most siblings, but these twin sisters have really taken it to the next level.
Identical twins Sarah Mariuz and Leah Rodgers both wound up pregnant with their first child at the same time. Then, on Thursday, they both wound up giving birth. However what makes it truly amazing is that the babies were born at the exact same time in each sister’s time zone.
Leah gave birth to a baby boy at 1:18 AM in Denver and then Sarah had a baby girl at 1:18 AM in La Jolla, California. The boy is named Reid Joseph and the girl is Samantha Lynne. Both parents and children are doing well