Teenager films the ups and downs of building a rollercoaster ride in his backyard with 10ft drop


A daredevil has shared his madcap scheme to build a rollercoaster in his back garden,  complete with a 10ft high drop.

Ben Tolliday, 19, had the idea to construct and ride a single lane rollercoaster in March and it took three weeks to construct in his parents’ garden in Atlanta, Georgia.

After several set backs, Ben finally rides the rollercoaster successfully for the first time, cheering and screaming at his latest creation while sat on an old go-kart seat attached to some wood and wheels. 

Ben Tolliday, 19, (pictured) created a rollercoaster in his parents’ backyard in Atlanta, Georgia, complete with a 10ft high drop

The 19 year old did various test runs for the rollercoaster, some of which were not very successful, including the cart flying off the side and end of the track

Ben even added a water feature to the rollercoaster

The 19 year old did various test runs for the rollercoaster, some of which were not very successful, including the cart flying off the side and end of the track

Throughout the video Ben can be seen doing test runs with bags of flour which do not quite go to plan – with the bags being flung off the end of the rollercoaster. 

During another test try the rollercoaster cart even flies off the track as it travels down the first drop without a third set of wheels. 

But after much perseverance and tweaking he was able to create a fully-functioning rollercoaster in his own back yard.

Ben destroyed half of his parents’ balcony to accommodate the project and set to installing the tracks made from nothing more than plastic pipes and two by fours.

The initial build was steep and sudden with not much run off if speeds got too high but after modifying the angles and smoothness, it was safe to use. 

The kart consisted of a go kart seat drilled to a plank of wood which had 12 caster wheels attached that hooked over the tracks to increase stability. 

Ben destroyed half of his parents' balcony (pictured) at their home to bring his vision, which he came up with in March, to life

Ben even added a confetti cannon at the end of the rollercoaster

Ben destroyed half of his parents’ balcony at their home to bring his vision, which he came up with in March, to life

The seat for the rollercoaster was made from an old go-kart seat which he attached to a piece of wood and attached wheels to (Ben pictured beside the seat at the top of the rollercoaster)

The seat for the rollercoaster was made from an old go-kart seat which he attached to a piece of wood and attached wheels to (Ben pictured beside the seat at the top of the rollercoaster)

The roller coaster was a success and still sits in Ben’s parents backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ben said: ‘I have always loved roller coasters but I had been looking for something to build for quite a while and came across a YouTube video of someone who had made something similar in their backyard a few years ago and decided that I wanted to give it a try.

‘I was so happy after going down it for the first time because It had taken me a lot longer than I expected and I came quite close to giving up at some points.

‘I had anticipated it would take me about a week to finish but it ended up taking three weeks but it was definitely worth it.

‘It is very smooth, quite fast, and very scary!’

Ben is not the first to build his own backyard rollercoaster. Sean LaRochelle, from California, created a replica of his favorite ride outside his home in Napa, California, after theme parks shut nationwide due to the pandemic.

A California man has brought the magic of Disneyland home by building a mini version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his own backyard (pictured)

A California man has brought the magic of Disneyland home by building a mini version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his own backyard (pictured) 

He brought the magic of Disneyland home by building a mini version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his own backyard.  

The iconic Matterhorn ride was built in 1959 in Disneyland in Annaheim, California, and is said to be one of the most eye-catching sights in the park to this day. 

The ride is modelled on the Matterhorn mountain in Zermatt, Switzerland, and takes thrill-seekers on bobsled-style carriages down the mountain in pursuit of a yeti.

Similarly, a group of theme park junkies decided to take a break from riding multimillion-dollar Disney-style rollercoasters by having a go on a homemade backyard coaster instead in 2019.

Chad Miller, a 24-year-old chemist, and his buddies Paul Polelle, 25, Alec Reynolds, 21, and Lucas Feilds comprise the Ohio Valley Coasters Team.

Together, they travel from state to state to experience the extreme highs and lows of theme park attractions.

But on this occasion, they wanted to try out the Blue Flash – a rickety mini rollercoaster, with now-peeling paint, built by John Ivers in his yard in Bruceville, Indiana, which even has a loop the loop.



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