The INSIDER Summary:
- Victor Peoro created a “roller coaster” for his two-year-old daughter by shaking a bin in front of a screen showing a thrilling ride.
- He posted a video of it on YouTube, where it went viral.
- A GoFundMe page raised enough money to fund a real Disneyland trip.
Victor Peoro of Hellerton, Pennsylvania, couldn’t afford to take his 2-year-old daughter Autumn to Disney World, so he did the next best thing: He made his own roller coaster.
He plopped her in a blue plastic bin, played a DVD of a roller coaster ride, produced his own whooshing sound effects, and gave her a ride that made her squeal and giggle in delight.
Peoro then posted his video on YouTube on Tuesday, demonstrating his so-called “Poor people roller coaster,” and it racked up nearly 195,000 views in three days.
Peoro set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a real trip to Florida’s Disney World for Autumn, which reached its $3,000 goal in just one day. He capped the donations after meeting the goal, saying that visiting Disneyland is a luxury and that his family isn’t destitute, and says that they’re planning to take the trip next year.
“The overwhelming response has been a roller-coaster of emotions … (Obligatory dad joke),” he wrote in a GoFundMe update.
You can read Peoro’s full update from the GoFundMe page below:
We wanted to thank everyone for your kind words and donations. The overwhelming response has been a roller-coaster of emotions … (Obligatory dad joke) Our goal has been reached, and I am putting the donations in a special account for a future trip. I am also disabling any future donations. I appreciate the offers and extensions of help but want to make clear that while a trip to Disney is somewhat a luxury, we are by no means destitute. There are many great causes and people out there who could use your help. We tentatively are planning the trip for sometime next year, and will share some photos when we make the visit. In the meantime please accept our profound thanks!
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