When Disneyland temporarily closed the classic Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction in January 2012, the goal was not only to swap out the bobsleds, adding individual seats and lap bars, but also make improvements to the Matterhorn Mountain itself.
When it reopens roughly 6 months after its refurbishment began, the Matterhorn Mountain will feature an all-new summit-to-base paint job, more accurately representing how the peaks of the real Matterhorn look in Switzerland today. Throughout the entire repainting, Disneyland took a series of photos as scaffolding was erected and recently taken down, now edited together in a time-lapse video condensing the entire update down to 44 seconds.
Time-Lapse Video: 6 months of Matterhorn Mountain repainting
Here are before and after shots, just as the scaffolding was going up and just after it came down:
The snow has not only been refreshed with a new coat of white paint, but also rearranged a bit with less near the top of the mountain and more scattered throughout its faces. The real Matterhorn mountain, after all, has very little snow near its peak:
(Photo by David Jedeikin)
In addition to the bobsled swap and snow repainting, the refurbishment also includes the addition of a new station for single riders and guests needing special assistance as well as general touchups throughout the interior portion of the roller coaster ride.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds will reopen at Disneyland June 14, 2012.