Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Matterhorn Bobsled Ride 47 Years Old Today

Today is the 47th Birthday of the Tomorrowland construction of 1959. The construction added the Motor Boat Cruise, Submarine Voyage, Monorails and the Matterhorn Bobsleds. And as you can tell, the Matterhorn Bobsleds is my favorite ride. Many firsts were acheived as the ride is the first tubular steel roller coaster. And the track was designed such that all of the compressed air and controls run through the track rather than beside it or under it. The bobsleds was the first real thrill ride to be added to Disneyland and is still one of the most fun coasters to ride as the theming is still outstanding. Even the addition of Harold the Abominable Snowman does nothing to stop the thrill of speeding down a curving bobsled run on snow and ice. So Happy Birthday Matterhorn. For another post showing a great Press Pass for the opening day ceremonies, check out todays post on Tikiranch.

3 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Great early view, looks like they haven't finished painting the snow on it yet! Like many other people, the Matterhorn was the first bit of Disneyland you could see from afar, and that meant that we were almost there. Whoo hoo! Happy birthday, Matterhorn!!

james said...

Great shot of a young Matterhorn! I took my first ride when I was 4(1973). Of course back then it was a couple of tracks inside of a hollow mountain. I have compared it to riding a roller coaster inside of an abandoned warehouse. This picture makes me realize how much work has been done over the years.I'm with you,Matt'59,the bobsleds are a classic.In fact,in three weeks,I'll make it the first ride I hit.

Anonymous said...

all my boys love this ride