Going over to my grandparents house was one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid. All my grandparents loved us, and we were absolutely spoiled rotten whenever we went and saw them. They always had good food waiting for us and mostly likely a few presents. The best part though? They had an in-ground pool with a water slide that we LOVED using. Unfortunately, all my grandparents lived at least a couple of hours away, so I didn’t get to see them as often as many kids growing up. Well when this grandpa bought his grandkids an electric Thomas The Train Engine they could ride in his backyard. Well they grew bored with it fairly quickly. He then had an idea though, that would take him from awesome grandpa to superstar grandpa!
Steve Dobbs (left) was an aerospace engineer for Boeing for many years, and still teaches the subject at Cal Poly Pomona. When his grandkids got bored with the electric Thomas The Train Engine he had bought them, he had an idea.
He started using his engineering skills to keep adding things to make the train ride more interesting for the grandkids. It has now turned into something called Dobbsland, and it’s every little kids dream.
He started by making a simple tunnel for the train to go through, but didn’t stop there. After 3 years of constant additions. He has what is now called Dobbsland.
This mini-amusement park now takes up his whole backyard.
His grandchildren are obsessed with Disneyland, and it’s pretty hard to compete with. So he decided he wanted to give them a reason to come over to his house, and that’s when the idea really started to take shape.
His grandchildren officially can’t get enough of the place.
This thing has everything you can think of, from a Winnie The Pooh attraction that was made from an old playhouse, spinning Frozen dolls and a tunnel built out of family Christmas puzzles.
The main attraction is the though is the Matterhorn-esque roller coaster in the center.
He actually used his students to help in the design, assigning it to them as a senior project.
The ride was complete 3 months later. It is measured as able to support riders up to 185 pounds and topping out at 12 miles per hour.
It also includes mechanisms that measure g-force and weight.
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Steve has plans to keep expanding the attractions at his backyard park. He wants. to add spinning tea cups and also a walkway inspired by Disney’s Main Street. His backyard has already hosted multiple parties for family and friends. If he keeps adding even more stuff, he may have to buy a bigger house!