Many people were stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, but one Disneyland fan from Napa, California, decided to make the best of it. Since most theme parks have not yet reopened, graduate student Sean LaRochelle decided to create a miniature version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his backyard, complete with a yeti. The two-story coaster project began at the end of March, and was finished in July. Read more for two videos and additional information.
He couldn’t do this all himself, as many aspects required help from his brother who just so happens to be a mechanical genius, along with 30 of his friends who came out to social distance and help during the build. LaRochells is currently attending graduate school for architecture and this is one project that will definitely be included in his portfolio.
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I always wanted to build a ride and Disney rides are always special to me because they’re themed; they tell a unique story. They talk about all the negatives of COVID, but one of the benefits of COVID is you have all this time and you realize you know, ‘what can I be doing with all this time?’ COVID changed everything and you know, you want to bring a little bit of normalcy back into your life and for me growing up, Disney was a huge part of that, and so I definitely wanted to bring that to my family,” said LaRochelle.