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Man builds Disney roller coaster in his parents’ backyard

The Matterhorn-inspired trip was his answer to animate quarantine.

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This article has been translated from our English edition.

Man builds Disney roller coaster in his parents’ backyard
Man builds Disney roller coaster in his parents’ backyard


When Sean LaRochelle, of Napa, Calif., Asked his father last March if he could build a Matterhorn-style roller coaster in his backyard, his dad thought he was kidding. “He said, ‘Oh yeah sure. Come on,’ said LaRochelle CNN. “I don’t think he realized how big it was going to be.”

LaRochelle, an architecture student, went to work with the help of 30 friends to build the two-story roller coaster. He tried to recreate every detail of the real-life Matterhorn sledges that first appeared in Disneyland in the 1970s. And above all, he succeeded. The 50-second Alpine course includes a 152-meter route, a 1.8-meter drop, waterfalls, and even a mechanical yeti.

According to LaRochelle, her mini Matterhorn is the perfect anecdote from the pandemic that shut down Disneyland and other amusement parks.

In an interview with a local partner of ABCLaRochelle added, “You talk about all the negative aspects of COVID-19, but one of the benefits of this pandemic is that you have all the time and realize that you can do great things.”

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