There is a special popcorn cart near the entrance to the Matterhorn queue, on the Fantasyland side. Though it goes unnoticed to most guests, there is a miniature version of the Matterhorn’s Abominable Snowman, turning the popcorn canister inside the popcorn cart.
I often feel sad that I never got to cuddle on the matterhorn.
Just across from the queue are benches where you can rest your feet. In the flower bed behind one of the benches is a plaque and a footprint impression. It is the footprint of the Yeti!
Matterhorn Mountain is 140 feet high. It’s visible from the nearby freeway.
The Disneyland Skyway used to travel through these caves, taking guests straight through Matterhorn. Until 1978, when the Matterhorn was refurbished, Skyways riders could see the steel supports, concrete and catwalks that were fully exposed inside the manmade mountain. In 1978, Imagineers made the internal structure more convincing, covering the steel and concrete structure with faux snow and ice. After the Skyway’s closing in 1994, Imagineers closed the cave openings further, to enhance the Matterhorn’s bobsled theming and to make the removal of the Skyway less obvious
A few Disneyland cast members pose with the abominable snowman inside the Matterhorn - date unknown, but I’d guess at the 1990’s, and also that maybe this was not exactly an approved activity….
Walt Disney and the original Matterhorn Use of the Matterhorn both in style and name grew from Disney’s extended vacation in Switzerland while filming Third Man on the Mountain. He was impressed by the beauty of the real Matterhorn, and merged his idea of a toboggan ride concept with the idea of a bobsled coaster ride that would run around and through the structure.
1959 Disneyland Matterhorn horn
That looks like a Familiar monster.
a not so hidden mickey
Nothing says winter at Disneyland like the Matterhorn!
One of the neatest things about the holiday season at Disneyland during the 1960s was the annual Christmas Star placed atop the lofty peak of the Matterhorn. Spanning 24 feet across and illuminated at night, the star could easily be seen for miles. This publicity image of Santa guiding the star into place appeared in newspapers in December 1963.
back in the pre-1970’s energy crisis days, the Matterhorn was topped with a giant star that was visible for miles.
Matterhorn Bobsleds was the first roller coaster-style “thrill ride” at Disneyland. It was instantly popular and presented the longest wait time for Disneyland guests through most of the 1960s and early 1970s. Its popularity led to the creation of an entire “mountain range of thrill rides” beginning with Space Mountain in 1977, followed by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1979) and Splash Mountain (1989).
Before construction of the Matterhorn began at Disneyland, the site was known as Holiday Hill and served to separate Fantasyland from Tomorrowland.
It All Started With A Movie!
Third Man on the Mountain
In 1958, Walt spent one week on location in Zermatt, Switzerland, during the filming of Walt Disney movie, Third Man on the Mountain.
Based on James Ramsey Ullman’s novel, Banner in the Sky, the film tells the tale of a young Swiss man who conquers the mountain that defeated his father - The Matterhorn.
Though Walt had already developed a fondness for Switzerland’s scenic beauty, he did not seem to appreciate the Matterhorn as he would on that trip, often stopping to stare at its distant peak for up to an hour each time. Walt soon mailed his Imagineers a postcard of the mountain with two words scrawled across the back: “Build This!”