Three years ago, retired engineer Steve Dobbs wanted to do something to keep his grandkids entertained when they would come visit his Fullerton, CA home. Dobbs told the Orange County Register, "My younger grandkids are nuts about Disneyland... I wanted to give them a reason to come over to my house to spend time with me, and Disneyland is tough to compete with." So he went in his backyard and created Dobbsland.
He first got a Thomas the Tank Engine train and tracks. But the kids got bored of it quickly. He also added a cardboard tunnel, but "they were bored with that after five minutes." Dobbs knew he had to think bigger.
Dobbs' daughter Cori Linder said all the grandkids love it. "They just see him as the most creative person in the world," she said. "He wanted all his grandkids to have that magical experience. My kids aren't even surprised. They've grown up with this very creative grandfather."