Disneyland for Dudes


Männerspielplatz is a 17-acre theme park in Germany with a real theme. The name translates to "men's playground".
For 219 euros (about $280), patrons can spend the day operating 29-ton Liebherr backhoes and 32-ton Komatsu front-end loaders, off-roading through the woods in a Mercedes-built Unimog, peeling out in a Suzuki SUV, and slinging some mud on quad bikes.

The park began as a one-time promotion that became permanent when more and more patrons wanted to have some fun. The biggest customers are women, however, who buy tickets as gifts for men. Link

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Once, years ago, I was rebuilding a closet with a friend. The friend had knowledge and skills, I had a house that needed a closet. It was fun, and I joked that there are a lot of guys who would pay money to have some instruction and opportunity to do some building-things.

I had just watched the movie "City Slickers", where Billy Crystal and buddies go on a cattle-drive fantasy camp vacation. I suggested to my friend that a Home Improvement Fantasy Camp would be just the thing for middle-aged white-collar guys. They would go to some place in Florida and get oriented, receiving their hard hat, gloves, toolbelt, earplugs and goggles. After an inspirational speech by Jimmy Carter and Norm Abrams, there would be a few days of workshops for basic skills.

Then there would be elective specialty workshops, followed by a stint with Habitat for Humanity building a bunch of houses. This would all be filmed by the This Old House crew, and Norm and Steve would do their usual tour of the works.

People who show aptitude in some specialty would be featured on a This Old House broadcast about the camp, but everyone would get a video tape of the show with their own personal feature in which they would demonstrate their skills and maybe shake hands with Norm, Steve or Jimmy Carter.

I'm sure there are people who would pay up $2500 for a two-week fantasy camp experience like that.
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