Family builds backyard roller coaster inspired by Disneyland Matterhorn

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Many people have adopted new hobbies to help cope with spending more time at home during the pandemic, but few have taken it to the level of a California family, who built a 400-foot roller coaster in their parents' backyard. Since their favorite theme park was closed due to Covid-19, Sean LaRochelle, a graduate student pursuing his master's in architecture at Clemson University, decided to bring a little bit of Disneyland right into their backyard.

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TheMillenniumRider's avatar

This is awesome! Can I get my credit?

Vater's avatar

Folks, this will NOT count as a credit because the roller coaster isn't at a legitimate amusement park. But man, that's pretty cool!

ApolloAndy's avatar

I’m glad we got the definitive word from the authorities so we can stop having opinions. Also, Blue Flash definitely counted.

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Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Vater's avatar

Under the bylaws of the ICCCA (International Coaster Credit Classification Association), you can only count a coaster as a credit if it's in a legitimate amusement park. Fortunately, I'm a card carrying member of IAPA (Illegitimate Amusement Parks of America), so I can't wait to add this one to my list.

TheMillenniumRider's avatar

Will this count as a steel coaster or a wooden one?

hambone's avatar

Folks, thaHedgee has spoken.

I can already tell it sucks just by watching the video.

kpjb's avatar

If they charge you $25 to park your car and you can skip the line for $15 does that make them a legitimate amusement park?

Or do they need a mascot or something? I hear Lampy is a free agent if the price is right.

There need to be written standards.


This is so important that we may need a ruling from RCDB or even Screamscape.

sirloindude's avatar

New for Dorney in 2026...

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hambone said:
Folks, thaHedgee has spoken.

But the question is, is anyone listening?

Spoiler alert: No.

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BrettV said:

I'm a card carrying ACE member. I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal. People on the internet know me.

This predated me joining here by about a year, so I just wanted to give you a warm hug for sharing that.

Promoter of fog.

Vater's avatar

You should revisit the memes thread. Some great ones there, including that one.

The memes thread is where I saw that one for the first time myself. I was in college in 2005 and wasn't really on the site much. It was and that period between Coasterbuzz being a dream place for a teenage coaster geek to talk to people I've never met all about roller coasters back in 2000-2001. As opposed to now, where Coasterbuzz is my #1 time killer on a slow work day to talk to people I've never met about a global pandemic, airplane boarding processes, Central Florida traffic patterns, the benefits of electric cars, and occasionally try to make sure someone new to the conversation doesn't try to talk too much about roller coasters.

ShadowThaHedgee said:

Folks, this will NOT count as a credit because the roller coaster isn't at a legitimate amusement park. But man, that's pretty cool!

Definitely not a credit:

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