Architecture Student Builds Giant Backyard Rollercoaster During Quarantine
We've reported on some pretty outstanding student projects in recent times; whether it's a record-chasing electric monowheel, a car made almost entirely out of waste, or an impressively dynamic mechanical dinosaur costume, the amount of creativity on show never fails to impress us.
Now, an archaeology student has added a more than worthy addition to this list. The unnamed student, brought to our attention by a Reddit post, just shared a video of an incredibly detailed backyard rollercoaster based on their favorite Disneyland rides.
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'We brought Disneyland to us'
The awe-inspiring creation, which was revealed to the world via the student's YouTube channel, called Magictecture, takes up a large chunk of the creator's backyard and reaches practically the same height as their house.
As the video description explains, "we couldn't get to Disneyland during quarantine, so we brought Disneyland to us." The creator then urges viewers to "check out our version of Matterhorn: Alpine Escape! The most elaborate and detailed backyard rollercoaster ever built!"
The impressive backyard rollercoaster, which includes a pipe roller with 15.5 inch (13.97 cm) pipes, a track lift, and a 3D-printed animatronic yeti monster, is inspired by Disney rides and takes its name from Matterhorn, a mountain in the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy.
Building the backyard rollercoaster
Details on the rollercoaster's building process were revealed in the video's YouTube comments where many people, including retired aerospace engineer Paul Gregg who wrote two ebooks on the topic of backyard rollercoasters, have already congratulated the Magictecture team on their work.
"The first track layout followed a PVC model, but we switched it out for metal to increase rider weight capacity. We worked on it every day for about 4 months. About 30 people on total helped with the mountain," Magictecture explained in their reply to Gregg.
Seeing as the rollercoaster was built over the course of only four months, it is unsurprisingly a little rough around the edges in sections. Replying to a commenter on YouTube, for example, the creator explained that "depending on your height, you do have to duck a few times" when using the ride so as not to hit your head.
Would you take a ride on this homemade rollercoaster, or would you want to know a little more about the building process beforehand? While details are sparse at the moment, thankfully Magictecture does plan to upload some behind-the-scenes videos in the future. Take a look at a video of the rollercoaster in action below.