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Let's go on a sledding adventure through the caves and icy slopes of the Matterhorn! During this secret history of Matterhorn Bobsleds, we'll learn about the changes this classic Disneyland coaster went through from its first day of operation to present day. So grab some gloves and maybe even a ski mask to get ready for our own snow journey in the Swiss Alps! Remain seated please; Permanecer sentados por favor!
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Did you know that where Matterhorn Bobsleds sits today was actually a large pile of dirt at first? During the construction of Disneyland Park, the dirt that was dug out from around Sleeping Beauty Castle was piled up between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. The "mountain" was nicknamed Holiday Hill! Walt Disney covered the hill with snow, added some toboggans and named it Snow Hill. However, he wanted to do something even greater with the hillI, and the rise of mouse-style roller coasters led to the idea of a toboggan-style roller coaster!
Walt Disney recently visited Switzerland to film the 1959 film "Third Man on the Mountain" and fell in love with the beauty of the Matterhorn mountain. So the design of Matterhorn Bobsleds was inspired by the real Swiss Alps! The Disneyland coaster—which opened June 14, 1959—was the first tubular steel roller coaster to ever exist.
When Matterhorn Bobsleds first debuted, the mountain was actually covered in tons of holes. This was due to the Skyway that traveled through the Matterhorn, carrying guests from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland. Throughout the years, holes were filled in, changing the appearance of Matterhorn. In 1978, the roller coaster went through significant changes, including the addition of Yeti scenes. The bobsleds were replaced by two-car, eight-passenger bobsleds, and the open interior of the mountain changed to tunnels of ice caves.
Does Matterhorn Bobsleds reside in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland, you ask? It's moved back and forth between the two! Well, the roller coaster never actually "moved;" it was part of Tomorrowland when it first opened but was officially declared a Fantasyland ride in 1972.
What's your favorite thing about Matterhorn Bobsleds? Let us know in the comments below! Don't forget to check out our Matterhorn Bobsleds wait times and more.
The best. Our family tradition for over 30 years of annual passports and early morning late night 398 mile each way car rides to get to the park. The ride is great just enough thrill for my 4 girls no matter what age they were
What a frogtastic family tradition! Thanks for sharing, Tom :)
I love this ride so much. Disney himself fell in love with the mountain and did all he could to get his own. The hikers names are Fritz, Hans, and Otto. The top 67 feet of the mountain is like an attic, only the first 80 feet is used on the ride. Harold is now in the Guardians of the Galaxy Queue. The right track is longer so make sure you hop on that one. Cast members sign their names on the interior next to the BBall court for fun, and head imagineer himself over the project eventually gave in and signed his name with the workers.
There's actually a basketball court up there too. My friends played up there once. So jealous.
We are jealous too, Jeremy - that sounds awesome! Thanks for hopping by!
1975 my 4 year old brother begging to go on the Matterhorn and then getting scared and screaming the whole time to let him get off at the top. He actually thought we would let him get out while it was speeding along the tracks!
Matterhorn bobsled ride is the best than Hollywood rip ride rockit
My favorite thing about matterhorn bobsled was the tracks above fantasyland and tomorrowland
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