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We have seen far too many closures during the pandemic, but our backyard is always open for business. In California, a man took an honest look at his backyard and decided he was going to bring a little Disney magic to his home. Since he wasn’t going to make it to the park this summer, he was bringing the park to him.

The architectural student, Sean LaRochelle, and his brother built a scaled-down version of the Matterhorn. According to ABC7, it is his favorite Disney roller coaster. They started working on the coaster at the beginning of the pandemic in March and were able to put the finishing touches on it this summer.

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Accoridng to ABC7, LaRochelle said that he had always wanted to build a ride, and he loves Disney rides because they have a theme and tell a story.

He continued, “[People] 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?”

In designing and creating the miniature roller coaster, Larochelle said he brought in every detail he could. He even has a yeti!

Since Disneyland is closed and there is not yet an opening date, Larochelle decided to bring the little Disney happiness to his family. They love visiting the park, and he didn’t want them to miss out on the experience this year.

“COVID changed everything and you know, you want to bring a little bit of normalcy back into your life,” he explained to ABC7, “and for me growing up, Disney was a huge part of that and so I definitely wanted to bring that to my family.”