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Embark on a thrilling, high-speed run down the icy slopes of Switzerland’s most famous peak.
Make your way inside a traditional, chalet-inspired rail station in the shadow of Switzerland’s renowned Matterhorn mountain. Hop aboard a 6-person, weather-beaten sled and brace yourself against howling winds as you climb 80 feet high inside an icy cave. Take in the sweeping views at the summit and then hang on, because the only way off the mountain is down!
The Race Is On
Break out of the side of the mountain and race down the base of the peak. Swoop in and out of shadowy caves and along jagged rocky ledges. Throttle through icy chutes and around frozen precipices. Whisk across wooden and stone bridges, pass under waterfalls and weave around mysteriously glowing ice crystals before splashing down in a shallow alpine lake.
But the real peril is not the snow or sleet. Folklore has it that a growling monster known as the Abominable Snowman lives inside the mountain—and that he will do anything and everything to protect his home.
Do you have what it takes to brave the mountain and discover if the legend of the mysterious snow monster is true?
Pick a Path
Choose one of 2 nearly identical bobsled runs: one located in Fantasyland and the other along the outskirts of Tomorrowland. Each has a separate queue and, during slower periods, only a single track may be in operation. Both tracks are equally fun, but keep in mind that the Fantasyland track is slightly longer and features some sharper curves.
Matterhorn mountain certainly looks tall, partially due to the excellent use of the movie-set-inspired technique of forced perspective. However, the peak is exactly 100 times shorter than Switzerland's massive 14,700-foot-tall original.
To mimic the snow patterns on Switzerland's original mountain, more than 800 gallons of paint were used to create "heavier" snowfall on the northern side of Matterhorn mountain and less snow on the granite-colored southern side. Realistic, yes—but not without a touch of magic. Using a new, environmentally friendly technique, glass beads have been fastened to the façade to reflect sunlight and glisten like actual snow. Also, more pine trees have been planted to add to the atmosphere.
Walt Disney fell in love with the real Matterhorn in Switzerland while filming the 1959 live-action film Third Man on the Mountain. Back at Disneyland Park, Walt decided to cover a forested 20-foot-high mound named Holiday Hill with artificial snow, add a toboggan run and rename it Snow Hill. However, Walt always dreamed big, and his "hill" grew into a 147-foot-tall "mountain." The attraction opened on June 14, 1959.
Innovation was an integral part of Walt Disney's character. Matterhorn Bobsleds is not only the first roller-coaster-style attraction at Disneyland Park, it’s also the very first tubular steel roller coaster in the world. In addition, no other Disney Park in the world has a Matterhorn mountain. This iconic attraction at Disneyland Park is indeed one-of-a-kind.