Monday, July 13, 2015

Disneyland's Diamond Anniversary:The Matterhorn

So what do you do when you have a large pile of dirt left over from digging a moat for your castle? If your Walt Disney you build a mountain on top of if... obviously. Walt had a good amount of dirt left and for several years the hill served as a picnic area and a sort of lovers lane at night. Walt had the idea for a toboggan style roller coaster for sometime. So the picnic area was an ideal place however he hit a road block. Smack dab in the middle of  the purposed area the newly installed sky ride crossed. In fact the Skyway's largest pylon was right in the middle. So what do you do? If your Walt you just build the mountain around it.  And from that day till the Skyway's closer in 1994 it traveled though the middle of the mountain. The Matterhorn has not one but two tracks.The Fantasyland track and the Tomorrowland track. their lengths are just 103 ft in difference at 2,037 ft and 2,134 ft. Both reach a height of 80 ft and top speeds of  27 mph. The attraction has seen several updates over the years including two recently. In 2012 a large refurbishment saw new ride vehicles along with the addition of beads of glass to the paint on the outside to mimic the look of sparkling snow. Just a few months back in May 2015 the Matterhorn saw new replacements to its Abominable Snowman Animatronics. Also new props including some abandoned gondolas from the Skyway in a fitting tribute. 

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