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A New Yeti Moves in on Disneyland's Matterhorn

May 21, 2015, 6:21 PM · Not only is Disneyland rolling out three new shows for its 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration, it's plussing some of its classic attractions, too.

Matterhorn

We already told you about the return of an improved Hatbox Ghost to the Haunted Mansion. And, starting tomorrow, Disneyland fans also will get to see a new and improved Yeti on the Matterhorn Bobsleds. (Cue the screams from frustrated Expedition Everest fans.)

New Yeti
Photo courtesy Disney

Disneyland let media reps go the ride a day early today, and here is a full on-ride POV video for you viewing enjoyment.

Yeah, it's a little shaky. That's because the ride is the same as it's been since the last major refurbishment, when Disneyland replaced the classic bobsleds with new sleds that fans have decried as rough and uncomfortable, with sharply reduced legroom.

Disney worked on the show this time, adding three encounters with the Yeti on the ride. While we hear the Yeti from the moment we enter the mountain, the first time we catch a glimpse of the legendary creature is behind ice on the ride's initial lift.

After passing the wreckage of a previous mountain exhibition (including one of those old, beloved sleds, wrecked), we see the new animatronic Yeti. Featuring a wide range of body motion and detailed facial movement, the Yeti swipes his arms toward your sled as you slide past.

We will see the Yeti one last time, toward the end of the ride, when he (she? it?) lunges toward the sled.

No, Disneyland's Yeti isn't as large as the one on Expedition Everest. Nor does he seem to move as much as the Walt Disney World abominable snowman once did. But this Yeti does move, and impressively so, giving west coast fans one more gift from Disneyland over which they can brag a little toward their east coast friends.

Replies (18)

May 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM · This is exciting- I'm looking forward to my first ride in a few months. That initial yeti view behind ice looks great- I've seen some other footage of that part that looked really cool! My aging neck and back are a bit concerned about the roughness- how does the roughness compare to something like WDW's Space Mountain, or Big Thunder Mountain?
May 21, 2015 at 6:52 PM · Does anyone know what happened to the Wells Expedition tribute? I'd be fine with it being relocated, but if it was just removed completely then that's upsetting.
May 21, 2015 at 7:45 PM · I saw no sign of the Frank Wells tribute, which disappointed me, too.

As for the ride, I think this is the roughest Disney coaster outside of Paris' Space Mountain.

May 21, 2015 at 7:55 PM · It looks cool, however I think they should have kept the original scream/roar. When you come around the corner it loses something with the new growl. I was at Disneyland last weekend. I was bummed that I missed this by a week. I'll be back there in October though. Can't wait!
May 21, 2015 at 8:33 PM · What about Matterhorn right? ;)
May 21, 2015 at 9:20 PM · It just grunts and groans now? Where's the famous roar it had?
May 21, 2015 at 9:50 PM · Yes, the famous roar you could hear from a far.. I guess it's gone. No like the new groans and grunts.
May 21, 2015 at 10:01 PM · So bummed to hear there were no improvements to the seats. This used to be one of my favorites and I cannot ride it anymore because of the pain level. I know some people do fine with the redesigned seats, but it feels like someone is hitting my tailbone with a hammer when I ride it.
May 21, 2015 at 11:01 PM · Looks good I guess. On video, it went by so fast that I couldn't tell what was happening.
May 21, 2015 at 11:27 PM · @Court E I know! What the heck? I always loved seeing the crystals and stuff and soaring through the cave with the flashing light and loud yell from the abominable snowman. Two best parts of the ride, gone.
May 22, 2015 at 6:51 AM · This is a great example of how important audio is.
May 22, 2015 at 7:16 AM · Court E: You are so right about the importance of audio. I just saw some sneak peak video training sessions of the new Raptor show in Jurassic Park (IOA) and the loud thunderous roars of the Raptor send chills through the body.
May 22, 2015 at 7:17 AM · Court E: You are so right about the importance of audio. I just saw some sneak peak video training sessions of the new Raptor show in Jurassic Park (IOA) and the loud thunderous roars of the Raptor sends chills through the body.
May 22, 2015 at 9:51 AM · Matterhorn used to be a great attraction. The new bobsleds ruined the fun by making it painful to ride.

Now they're removing great audio and special effects? It's nice that Disney wants to add a Yeti, but why does it have to be at the expense of other features that the fans loved?

I won't ride Matterhorn again, until Disney gets rid of these terrible bobsleds.

May 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM · "Queue the screaming from the East Coast fans"

So true! If they do fix the Yetti here in Florida, though, I want them to keep the strobe light. For dramatic effect, y'know? I also don't want Disney to make an official announcement about it. What I want is that the ride closes down for a couple months for a refurb, and then when it opens back up guests will be screaming with delight when they see a giant Yetti arm swinging down towards them!

I also agree with Court E that the roar shouldn't have been taken out. The real icing on the cake to making a monster truly iconic is a loud, deep roar like thunder that makes the hairs on your arm stand on end! (Just ask the King of all Monsters himself, Godzilla!) I mean seriously, just growling and grunting? That's what I do to my classmates when they start acting like clowns While I'm trying to finish my World History vocab! Is Disney calling me a Yetti? Hurtful!

May 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM · If you look around in the wreckage you can see they put an original bobsled,and a gondola from the sky way. I thought it was a great tribute to the past. Things can't stay the same for ever and I think the Matterhorn finally has a legible back story. That being said...the new bobsleds are pretty, but they are terrible to ride in and I hope they get replaced.
May 25, 2015 at 11:35 PM · I don't think they should have changed how Harold the yeti was viewed, as a child I never saw him as a man eating beast. I do miss the crystals they were my favorite part, I'm all for change, but I feel like making him scary takes away the childish magic of which the memories Disneyland offers is based upon. I did go on it today, and it ruined my childhood.
May 26, 2015 at 2:20 PM · The scariest thing about the Matterhorn is worrying about what the ride is going to do to your back. If you're over six feet tall, the second scariest thing is worrying whether you're going to be able to cram your feet in there fast enough.

Great idea, terrible execution. Hard to imagine that any park anywhere would feature such a bumpy, back-busting ride.

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