Happy 60th birthday to three classic Disneyland rides

June 14, 2019, 7:31 AM · Today marks the 60th birthday of three iconic Disneyland attractions: Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland Monorail and the Disneyland submarine ride.

All three have changed a bit over the years, but they retain their amazing historic significance. Arrow Dynamics' Matterhorn was the world's first tubular steel roller coaster, kicking off the modern era of roller coaster design. The Alweg monorail was the first monorail to operate daily in the western hemisphere. And the Submarine Voyage (rethemed to Finding Nemo in 2007) was Disneyland's largest attraction, with an immense (and mostly hidden) show building that duplicates its show scenes so that riders on each side of the subs can enjoy the same views.

All three opened with the dedication of the (first) New Tomorrowland on June 14, 1959.

If you can't be at Disneyland to celebrate in person today, enjoy our POV ride-through of Matterhorn Bobsleds, featuring the most recent installation of its famous Yeti.

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Replies (3)

June 14, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Man, the Matterhorn is still a great ride, even in today's high-tech coaster world. Telling that it was never replicated at WDW (although they planned it now and then) as it just fits so well in Disneyland. That final splashdown is still a special feeling for anyone of any age.

June 14, 2019 at 11:14 AM

Happy Birthday to the modern, steel roller coaster and to these Disneyland attractions! :)

June 14, 2019 at 1:13 PM

i've been a huge matterhorn fan my whole life. it's one of my all time faves. i live in orlando and sure do wish they'd fix the everest yeti...these new yeti encounters on matterhorn give me hope that maybe someday?

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