An Abandoned Gold Mine in my Backyard: A Disney inspired Fort

I am going to let you in on a little secret. As a child, I wanted to be a Disney Imagineer. Developing concepts for new attractions that would entertain large crowds of visitors seemed like about the best job there could possibly be.

Well, my path took a different direction. But I never did lose that desire to create. Over the years I have tapped into this unrealized dream to design several small projects around the house.

One such undertaking was an attempt to build a fort for my youngest son, inspired by the attractions of Disneyland. The second story had a Polynesian theme, borrowing elements from the Tiki Room. However, this post focuses on the lower level, which was a replica of an abandoned gold mine. Keep in mind that my resources were limited, as were my actual construction skills.

So like the Disney Imagineers, I started with an idea, and a desire to turn this idea into a reality. Problems presented themselves, and solutions were found. Soon things started to come together, and before long, a bit of Disney-like magic emerged.

In no way am I comparing my own abilities or results with those of the amazing Imagineers of Disney. I guess what I am trying to say is that creating a little magic is within the reach of anyone who believes it is possible.

“If you can dream it, you can do it”   – Walt Disney

Mine Fort Collage


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