There are some things that we may enjoy from our youth that continue to be an obsession when we get older. One of those obsessions may be Disneyland, and another may be building things with Legos. It seems as if one diehard Disney/Lego fan has held on to those obsessions but we get to benefit.
John Daugherty of The Colony, Texas started a project about three years ago and it turned into something he may never have considered possible. He began constructing his own version of a Disney park and, when all is said and done, it’s incredible to see for yourself.
Disney, which is considered to be the “Happiest Place on Earth” by many, is currently shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. You get to visit it on Facebook, however, thanks to the Magic Kingdom Castle that was created in Texas. It started in 2017 when John picked up a Cinderella Castle Lego set that had 4080 pieces.
“It’s kind of like my therapy, just a fun thing to do,” he told Good Morning America. “It’s very zen.”
As it turns out, the castle was only the start and he has picked up many Disney Lego sets since that time. 25 different Lego sets have been assembled so far, at a cost of around 300 hours of his time.
When the coronavirus pandemic locked things down, this Disney fan decided that people could benefit from his creativity. He put everything together and now displays it as a replica park, shared on Facebook for the world to see.
Daugherty did much more than creating the Cinderella Castle. Main Street USA has been re-created, including a carousel, Marvel Land, a merry-go-round, pirate ship, treehouse, and the Disney Train Station. There are even Disney characters included in the creation.
The sets were placed in an out-of-the-way area prior to the time that the stay-at-home orders got started. Some were in cabinets, others were in the bathroom. He tucked them aside because he didn’t want to overwhelm his wife, Bonnie. She admits that she doesn’t mind the hobby but this would be a considerable amount of clutter inside the home.
He told GMA, “She tolerates my hobby. Though if there was a time to bring it all out, it was during a quarantine.”SKM: below-content placeholder