Matterhorn WarningDisneyland: Refurb of iconic ride
From rick stevensAnyone planning a trip to Disneyland must keep in mind that the Matterhorn will be closed until June 14. It is a refurb, hopefully not a redo, of this iconic ride.
Posted February 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM
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From Skipper AdamThe "New" bobsleds are our old Space Mountain Rockets.
Posted February 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM
From Nick MarkhamAre you sure about that Adam, I thought they were these new prototypes they developed a couple years ago?
Posted February 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM
From Skipper AdamThey are slightly modified, but they're the old Space rockets according to our engineering.
Posted February 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM
From Amy SmithI knew it! When this news first was posted I commented about how it sounded like wdw space mountain cars and I was shot down. I knew it!
Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM
(Sorry, I'm having a really bad day and this is the only good thing that has happened so far so I feel the need to gloat.)
From Mike GallagherIt's AMY, Dom. AMY. Andy's someone else. Get it? Got it? Good? ;)
Posted February 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM
From Victoria JurkowskiThey're not *just* installing new bobsleds. If that were the case, it'd take less than a week. A quick trip on the monorail [or around micechat] shows that the entire loading platform is gutted. Also, they're resurfacing the mountain. And I hear rumors that they're reinforcing the foundation as well, and replacing lots of really old track pieces. It's a big deal.
Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Also, it's really funny to watch the scaffold heavy matterhorn shoot off cannonballs during the fireworks.
From rick stevensI posted this to warn visitors of the closure, but the reponses are great! Keep it up, how would you revamp an iconic ride......just curious.
Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM
From J CThe real sad part is this use to be one of the few date rides Disneyland had. It's actually the first time I hugged my (who is now) my wife. but the new bobsleds don't have the one in front of another seating :(
Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM
From James KoehlI've never been to Disneyland ("Gasp!) but looking at some pictures of Matterhorn and the refurb it's going through, I see a huge gash on one side of it that has been filled in with what looks like flat rocks. I hope that makes sense- what is it there for? It looks quite out of place with the rest of the mountain's appearance.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 2:05 AM
From Skipper AdamIt might be the old Skyway tunnel. The gondolas went through the mountain. When the ride came down, it left two holes that were filled in rather flatly and unsightly.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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