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Encyclopedia > Matterhorn Bobsleds
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Poster for Matterhorn Bobsleds
Disneyland
Land Fantasyland
Manufacturer WED Enterprises, Arrow Dynamics
Attraction type Roller Coaster
Opening date July 14, 1959
Ride duration 2:07 & 2:26 minutes
Length 2,037 feet (620.8 m) & 2,134 feet (650.4 m) ft (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "," m)
Total height 147 ft (44.8 m)
Maximum speed 27 mph (43.5 km/h)
Height requirements 35" (89 cm)
Audio-animatronics 3
Wheelchair accessible
Must transfer from wheelchair

The Matterhorn Bobsleds or the Matterhorn is an attraction made up of two intertwining steel roller coasters at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is based on the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Swiss Alps of over 14,000 feet (it's exactly 4,478 metres), which has been scaled back to 1/100-scale to fit in with the rest of Disneyland. Image File history File links Matterhorn Bobsleds Poster This is a copyrighted poster. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ... Fantasyland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Arrow Dynamics was a roller coaster design company based in Clearfield, Utah. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Audio-Animatronics is the registered trademark for a form of robotics created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 4 second exposure night photography . ... The Dueling Dragons, the worlds only Dueling Steel-Inverted roller coaster located at Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ... “Anaheim” redirects here. ... The Matterhorn (German) or Cervino (Italian), (French: Mont Cervin or Le Cervin) is perhaps the most familiar mountain in the European Alps. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Located on the borderline between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland (see below), it employs forced perspective to seem more impressively large. Throughout the day, Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Goofy, aided by two climbers dressed as Swiss mountain climbers, may be seen scaling the supposedly arduous peak. The mountain climbers themselves can often be seen scaling the peak. Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... Fantasyland Fantasyland is one of the themed lands at Disneyland park. ... Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... This article is about the Disney character. ...

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History

Walt Disney conceived the idea for the attraction when visiting Switzerland during filming of his film, Third Man on the Mountain. He was impressed by the beauty of the real Matterhorn, and had the thought of a bobsled ride at the recently opened Disneyland in California. For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Historic bobteam from Davos around 1910 Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-02-04, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


Originally intended as a decorative overlay for the central pylon of the Disneyland Skyway, the concept for the Matterhorn later evolved into a full-blown, separate attraction. The peak was first shown in a conceptual drawing that was once on display at The Disney Gallery. The view looking to the northwest shows a corner of the now-defunct Junior Autopia; both the Matterhorn and the Submarine Voyage attraction, which took the place of the Junior Autopia, opened the following year. The Skyway was an aerial lift attraction at Disneyland, at the Magic Kingdom, and at Tokyo Disneyland. ... The Disney Gallery is an artwork gallery at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... Autopia is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and at Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ... Submarine Voyage, 1995 The Submarine Voyage was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ...


The attraction opened on June 14, 1959, as one of three new major attractions for Tomorrowland that year. Built by coaster builder Arrow Dynamics and WED Imagineering, it was the first tubular steel roller coaster in the world. It consisted of a wood and steel infrastructure surrounded by manmade rock. Trees could be seen on its sides; by making the trees at higher altitudes smaller, the Imagineers used forced perspective to augment the mountain's height. Waterfalls cascaded down its sides and frequently sprayed riders. Inside was a large, open space through which the bobsleds traveled. Unlike the real Matterhorn, this peak had numerous holes in its shell through which the riders sometimes exited and re-entered. The space within was not elaborately themed, with the infrastructure being only minimally disguised as rock. The Skyway passed through the center of the mountain, traveling through one pair of holes to Fantasyland and through another to Tomorrowland. Riders could see down into the Matterhorn's bowels as they glided through. is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... Arrow Dynamics was a roller coaster design company based in Clearfield, Utah. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... In an urban setting, a skyway, catwalk, or skywalk, is a type of pedway consisting of an enclosed (or covered) bridge between two buildings. ... Fantasyland Fantasyland is one of the themed lands at Disneyland park. ...


In the early 1970s, the ride was officially made a part of Fantasyland, but this was merely a prelude to far more significant changes. In 1978, the Matterhorn received a major refurbishment. The Imagineers' biggest task was to break up the interior space into a number of small, icy caves and tunnels with far more convincing theming. Some holes in the mountain's skin were filled in as well, including the two large openings at the top of the first lift hill. (These had allowed guests to briefly glimpse the entire southern part of the park.) Another major addition was the Abominable Snowman, a yeti by the name of Harold [citation needed]. Harold exists as three similar Audio-Animatronic figures that roar at the bobsledders; the first is visible from both tracks, while the other two are visible only from their respective tracks. Each track also features a pair of red eyes that glow in the dark shortly after the lift hill while Harold's roar is heard. These roars can be heard from ground level, even over the (recorded) howling of the Alpine wind. A complete change of the bobsleds was also effected – the original flat, luge-like, multi-colored 2-seaters were replaced by rounder, white cars with orange and red pinstripes. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Yeti (disambiguation). ... Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ...


The Skyway continued to travel through the mountain for the next sixteen years, but its passageway was now enclosed in similarly themed ice caves. Following the closure of the Skyway in 1994, the cavernous holes through which the Skyway buckets had traveled were partially filled in. The holes in the Tomorrowland face remained mostly intact, and a grotto filled with glimmering crystals was installed nearby. An abandoned crate labeled "Wells Expedition" was also added as a tribute to Frank Wells, who had died earlier that year. The bluish glow of the crystals is easily seen from the ground at night. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Frank Wells was president and chief operating officer (COO) of the Walt Disney Company from 1984 until his death on April 3, 1994. ...


It is also worth noting that the Matterhorn's external appearance has changed over time. The Matterhorn is painted a warmer gray than it once was, and the "snow" on its sides has become patchier, leading some parkgoers to joke about the effects of global warming, though the current paint job more closely replicates the sparse snow on the real Matterhorn's upper faces. With the exception of the aforementioned filling of certain holes, the actual external structure of the mountain is largely unchanged. Global warming refers to the increase in the average temperature of the Earths near-surface air and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation. ...


The attraction

The Matterhorn
The Matterhorn

The ride consists of two separate tracks that run somewhat parallel to each other for much of the ride, intertwining and eventually deviating from each other at the loading areas. They are the Fantasyland track and Tomorrowland track, named based on which side of the mountain their associated loading line begins in. The vehicles are capable of holding up to four passengers each, sitting behind one another. After the 1978 upgrade, two vehicles were joined, increasing the capacity to eight riders. The safety restraints consist of a simple airline style seatbelt. There are hand grips inside the cars, as well a handrail outside the shell of the vehicle. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... A three-point seat belt. ...


Only one lift hill is used in the entire ride. Bobsleds ascend parallel to each other at the start of the ride, climbing past walls that feature snow-like special effects. The top of this lift hill constitutes the highest point of the ride itself, though the mountain itself continues upward for another couple of stories. The rest of the ride is an unpowered coast through the Matterhorn's many caverns and passageways.


The splash-down pools at the end of each track serve dual purposes. They not only cool off the braking fins mounted on the underside of the bobsleds, but the impact into the water itself acts as a braking mechanism. Because of their constant exposure to water, the fiberglass bodies are regularly waxed.


There is a basketball half-court inside the structure above the coaster, near the top of the Matterhorn mountain. This court is really just a break room with a wooden floor where the mountain climbers can play basketball in between climbing sessions. It is not accessible to anyone else, as internal access to the mountain is locked for safety reasons. The reason for this was that California only permits things larger than a certain square footage to be a recreation center. This half-court was their excuse around it. There is another cast member break room inside the mountain at the base. This article is about the sport. ... A cast member is a term used to refer to a person who could be one of three possiblities; A cast member is someone who performs in a motion picture. ...

Up close view of Matterhorn climbers
Up close view of Matterhorn climbers

At the end of the attraction, guests hear the now-famous "Remain seated please; Permanecer sentados por favor" safety announcement; it is one of many recordings by the former Voice of Disneyland, Jack Wagner. The recording was recently changed in 2005 to say "Remain seated with your seatbelt fastened; Permanecer sentados por favor." The changed English dialogue is still Jack Wagner, as it was borrowed from the attraction's break down announcement. This recording also introduces the Tomorrowland segment of the Remember... Dreams Come True fireworks show. This safety announcement was also featured on the title track of the 1995 No Doubt album Tragic Kingdom. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1984 × 1488 pixel, file size: 973 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1984 × 1488 pixel, file size: 973 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Jack Francis Wagner (December 17, 1925 - June 16, 1995) was the official park announcer for Disneyland until 1993. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see No Doubt (disambiguation). ... Tragic Kingdom is the third album by third wave ska band No Doubt. ...


Other Disney parks

Disneyland is the only theme park with a Matterhorn mountain.


The tracks of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Space Mountain were based on the designs of the Matterhorn. And in fact, the Matterhorn's newer bobsleds which were added in 1978 were based on the other ride's rockets, which had debuted in 1975. However, the track designs are not identical. When Space Mountain was built at Disneyland, it was a completely new design with just one track and vehicles that seated riders side by side rather than behind one another. Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... This article is about the first Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom. ...


For years, plans for a replica of the attraction at Walt Disney World have been tossed around. The ride would have been located in a proposed Switzerland Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase. Another possibility was a planned Mt. Fuji themed coaster for the Japan pavilion. Sketches of the attraction have been presented to the public, but due to the difficulty in securing grants from a sponsor and respective countries, the ride was not built and plans were put on hold. Many have speculated that Expedition Everest, which opened at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom in 2006, stemmed from the long-proposed Walt Disney World Matterhorn clone. The two have many similarities, such as a snowy mountain theme and an encounter with a mythological snow beast (the Matterhorn's Abominable Snowman, and Everest's Yeti). It therefore now seems extremely unlikely that any Matterhorn clone will ever be built at Walt Disney World, since it would risk being too similar to Everest. This article is about the Epcot theme park. ... This article is about the Epcot theme park. ... Mount Fuji (富士山 Fuji-san, IPA: [ɸuʝisaɴ]) is the highest mountain on the island of Honshu and indeed in all of Japan. ... Expedition Everest One of the trains ascending the main lift hill A close up of one of the trains on the main drop WDI concept art The exterior of the ride in October 2005 Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is an elaborately themed roller coaster at Disneys... A closeup view of the Tree of Life Animal Kingdom entrance Disneys Animal Kingdom is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. ...


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In popular culture

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See also

Disneyland is a theme park within the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California conceived by Walt Disney. ...

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Matterhorn Bobsleds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (456 words)
The Matterhorn Bobsleds is an attraction made up of two intertwining steel roller coasters at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
It is based on the Matterhorn, a mountain in the Swiss Alps of over 14,000 feet, which has been understandably scaled back to fit in with the rest of Disneyland.
In the attraction there is a display metal box stamped with the words "Wells Expedition." This is a tribute to former Disney president Frank Wells, who climbed mountains as a hobby, and was tragically killed in a helicopter accident in 1994.
MousePlanet.com (929 words)
The Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction was the first ride that used steel tube rails and urethane wheels.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first ride to permit more than one car in action at once.
The Matterhorn Mountain is the predecessor of all Disneyland park mountains.
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