Disneyland just finished the biggest renovation of the Matterhorn ride since it opened 53 years ago. The official unveiling happens June 15.
We grew up in Orange County not far from Disneyland and the park was a part of our lives. While it was the destination of dreams for kids (and pro athletes), it was our backyard and we relished any opportunity to be blase about it when relatives and friends came to town — smug brats that we were. When we were in high school, Disneyland was a hangout and date spot.
You could always see the Matterhorn from the freeway and it was always a thrill to know you were almost there. As Anaheim has grown up around the park, the mountain is less visible these days, sadly. But since January, you could see the scaffolding as the renovation continued.
The Matterhorn was never the biggest and baddest thrill ride in the area. But it has always had its special charm and a special place in the hearts of those of us who have been fortunate enough to call Disneyland home. Come June, it may be time to climb into those bobsleds one more time.
The Orange County Register has a great article about the history of the ride and its recent rehabilitation with graphics, photos, and video.
And here is a related video:
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