I have a bit of a soft spot for the original Disneyland, after Europa it's my favourite park in the world. And my favourite coaster at the park is about to undergo a major refurbishment:
2012- Matterhorn Bobsleds Rehab and New Cars - Confirmed - (1/9/12) We’ve got some interesting Matterhorn news today. For starters, Disney has tapped a director for a feature film to be inspired by the ride named Brian Beletic. As for the ride itself… the Matterhorn is now closed starting today through to June 14th. According to the official Disney site, the Matterhorn will undergo a ‘major refurbishment including the addition of new ride vehicles”. So looks like those new sleds will finally be on the way… and gone are the days of couples holding onto each other, or Parents clutching their kids in front of them. I can only imagine that we’ll see the height limit increased on the Matterhorn as well.
Unlike some previous Matterhorn rumours, it doesn't sound like they're messing around with the layout at all and retracking! Remember the Matterhorn was the world's first tubular steel coaster (effectively inventing the steel coaster). We call rides like Nemesis an aged classic or whatever, but this is the real deal.
Interesting news about a film. Obviously some films based on rides do amazingly well (Pirates of the Caribbean) while some absolutely bomb (Haunted Mansion). I think it depends how much they want to throw at this, but a huge-budget film about mountain climbers searching for the legendary yeti would do well whether there is a ride or not I think.
Op cabin refurb:
Let's just hope the new sleds don't lose that wild and crazy 'mine train feel' that anyone who has ridden the Matterhorn knows and loves. It's an absolutely unique ride! For anyone who hasn't done it, imagine Blackpool's Wild Mouse crossed with a Vekoma Mine Train (Big Thunder Mountain!) and you're pretty much there.