From Kevin Rafferty of the Disney Parks Blog:
This past summer, the world’s first tubular steel roller coaster – the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park – received an extensive refurbishment that included a fantastic new paint job and all-new bobsleds. Now considered a piece of roller coaster history, a former bobsled from the iconic attraction recently was donated by the Disneyland Resort to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives, along with signage from California Screamin’.
Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis said, “We’re delighted to provide these pieces of Disneyland Resort history to the National Roller Coaster Museum, an organization that celebrates our industry. The Matterhorn bobsled and California Screamin’ signage represent two of our most beloved attractions, from the first tubular steel-tracked roller coaster in the world to one of the longest and most thrilling.”
Tim was at The Disneyland Resort yesterday and grabbed some pictures of some newsworthy stuff so lets take a look…
Its that time of year again when traffic around Disneyland is going to be a mess
Climbers on the Tomorrowland Side
“Hello Future Rocks”
Haunted Mansion is Closed for Holiday Install
The only time of year when Fastpass is open for Haunted Mansion
Wrapping the report up with some pictures of DCA’s flag retreat
The Matterhorn Bobsleds for the past 6 months underwent an extensive refurbishment to replace much of the aging rock work and ride track. Along with the refurbishment came the long rumored new ride vehicles. The new 3 seat sleds change the ride quite more than you would think. If you would like to hear our review of the new bobsleds, you can listen to this weeks DLNT Podcast where we talk in-depth about the new Matterhorn Bobsleds. Big thanks to Tim Alcoser for the photos.
A look at the new bobsleds
Everything looking fresh around the mountain
3 seats per car, no lap sitting
Now a photo ride through the mountain
I haven’t seen this waterfall work in years, good to see it flowing again.
Glad the logo was kept on the bobsleds
And now a video from the very first day it soft-opened, enjoy.
Yesterday, the Matterhorn soft-opened for a few hours before the grand opening today. We were one of the first in line to ride and took video of the updated ride.
From Shawn Slater on the Disney Parks Blog:
Matterhorn Bobsleds has always been my favorite attraction at Disneyland park. Nothing beats the giddy thrill of hurtling through caverns of ice, encountering the Abominable Snowman and splashing down in an Alpine stream.
One of my earliest memories in the park is of walking down Matterhorn Way and stopping in my tracks when I realized there were people actually climbing the famous Swiss peak. Having real mountain climbers on the mountain is a tradition started by Walt Disney in 1959 when the attraction opened. Over the years, climbers going by the names Hans, Otto and Fritz took on the challenge of reaching the summit.
I’m excited to tell you that this summer, brave mountaineers will once again scale the icy slopes of the mighty Matterhorn. Look for them starting June 15 when the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction reopens. Seeing them is one of those only-in-Disneyland experiences that will make you yodel with joy!
DLNT Photographer Max Guggenheim was at the Disneyland Resort yesterday and took a plethora of newsworthy photos including some really awesome shots of Buena Vista Street. On to the pictures…
Cars Land Merchandise is available in the parks
Cove Bar still under refurbishment
On to Buena Vista Street
Front Entrance plaza. Wow…
Back to Carthay Circle
Fiddler, Fifer, and Pratical Cafe
Former Candy Shoppe
Side of Elias & Company
More Buena Vista Street later, on to Hollywoodland
Ughh… Mad T Party
Its mad alright
I think they need more lights…
House of Cards, The ElecTRONica wrap has been taken off the food truck
Back to Buena Vista Street!
Good look at the West side of the street. Atwater Art Supply is the blue building. Next to that is Julius Katz and Sons
Again.. Tile Benches!!!!!
Look at that “Candy” sign by the truck over there. Building straight ahead is Big Top Toys.
Alright, more DCA later, into Disneyland
Main Street facade’ refurbishments are wrapping up
Only thing still behind walls is Carnation Cafe
Penny Arcade and Candy Palace are open
The new expanded kitchen
I like the popcorn lights everywhere
Reorganized counters in Candy Palace. Less confusing and less cluttered.
Mine? Monorail queue refurbishment above.
In the Rivers of America, one of the platforms for Fantasmic is being repaired
The Frontierland Shooting Arcade is under refurb
One more peek at Buena Vista Street
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The Lego Store in Downtown Disney is open for business with a host of new features, including Disney featured Lego characters and children’s Lego play areas on the outside and on the second floor! Carnation Garden is now closed…forever, and I capture shots of Matterhorn and Buena Vista street from the Monorail.
I wonder what this new thing is?
About to ride the Monorail & catch a glimpse of Matterhorn & Buena Vista Street progress.
Look at the new ride vehicles back there.
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A look at the Matterhorn progress, the Lego Store’s statues are unveiled, Red Car Trolley’s wires, and a glimpse of Minnie’s Fly Girls! Enjoy!
Max out and about at Disneyland
Geppetto out on Main Street
Freshening everything up
Glimpse at the new ride vehicles
Still hard at work
More stunning than ever thanks to the new paint job.
Sneak of Buena Vista Street through the Monorail
Lego Prince Phillip battles Malificent
To Infinity & Beyond
These lights will look phenomenal
A sneak at all the detail for Mater’s Junk Yard Jamboree
Looking just about ready for the opening in June
Bug’s Land getting a new paint job
Cables for the Red Car Trolley
Work being done on the Hyperion
Glad to see Pixar Play Parade back in action.
The “Mad T Party’s” House of Cards set up
Minnie’s Fly Girls!
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DLNT Photographer Tim Alcoser was at the Disneyland Resort last Tuesday and captured some newsworthy photos around Downtown Disney, The Matterhorn, and Buena Vista Street…
The Lego Store is looking bright
Giant Genie in the middle of the store
The Uva Bar is under refurbishment. The vines that have grown in for the past 10 years are being torn down. I think they look awesome grown in. Shame.
La Brea Bakery
In Disneyland, Matterhorn is looking fantastic
Ropes have been added along the small bridge facing subs.
Tarps are down on the Penny Arcade
Looks bright and fresh
Over in DCA, Trolley Wires!!
In 3D Dec 2010
Mad T Party
The Mad T Stage covered the fountain so the Mickey Statue will not be returning this summer
House of Cards
Cars Land entrance
The Bugs Land entrance is getting a facelift
Quick look down Route 66
The new California Screamin’ queue covers are a huge improvement over the old yellow and beige covers
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Photo Report from Hayley’s recent trip to the Disneyland Resort
Its a beautiful day
Upper scaffolding is gone. Matterhorn is looking pretty.
Love the new Cars themed Monorail Vinylmation
Such cute little Disney Ducks
Looking forward to Carnation Cafe reopening this summer
Clever new Donald T-shirt
Cinderella, Gus, & Jaq in Small World
Alice & the White Rabbit displayed on the chess table in the UK
The Three Amigos over in Mexico!
Ariel fits in so nicely, you hardly noticed the change
Nice to know they work so hard to keep the parks looking new & clean
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