The Matterhorn Disneyland, or the Matterhorn Bobsleds, as it is also known, opened in 1959 and was the first steel tubular track roller coaster to be introduced anywhere on the planet. Ever since its opening, it has figured among the most popular rides at Disneyland Park. You can find it on the border of the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland areas, though it is classified as being a Fantasyland attraction. The overall idea and design was inspired by the famous Matterhorn mountain in Switzerland, and the objective is to climb the mountain before speeding down the sides.
Matterhorn Disneyland Image: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
The bobsled run that is the Matterhorn ride lasts two and a half minutes and is full of thrills. Guests board four-person vehicles and take on an 80-foot ascent to the top before zooming down to the bottom. There are two different tracks that you can choose from when riding the Matterhorn Ride. One is named the Fantasyland track, while the other is called the Tomorrowland track. The Fantasyland track is a little bit longer than the Tomorrowland track and features sharper turns. Regardless of which track you choose, the end of the ride will conclude with an alpine lake splashdown.
The Matterhorn Disneyland is one of the resort's thrill rides and is intended for riders who are 35 inches tall or taller. Younger kids who meet the height requirements are encouraged to ride with an adult. Since the attraction is so popular, many visitors to Disneyland look to get a Fastpass voucher. These vouchers, which are only available for certain rides, allow guests to obtain a specific ride time. This eliminates the need to linger for an extended period of time in the regular line.
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