Matterhorn Bobsleds packs new excitement with enhanced Abominable Snowman animatronics for Disneyland 60th

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Today Disneyland fully unveiled the latest updates to the classic Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster ride to press attending a 2-day 60th anniversary celebration. The ride officially reopens to the public tomorrow.

The updated attraction features new startling Abominable Snowman animatronics produced for Disney by Garner Holt. Riders on both sides of the attraction will see the roaring creature three times during each trip, once hidden behind icy walls in a new animated effect followed by two more close encounters via the new massive, lifelike animatronics.

Take rides on both sides of the attraction in the videos below:

There’s no doubt the Abominable Snowman is the king of the Matterhorn mountain, with his growls echoing throughout its caverns, audible even to those walking past outside. There’s also a nice nod to Disneyland’s past with some ride vehicles from both the Matterhorn and the former Skyway displayed inside, apparently taken and destroyed by the snowman.

Though the ride itself didn’t get any smoother with this round of updates, it definitely became more fun as the new animatronics are more impressive than any visuals previously seen inside. The right side offers a somewhat less intense experience, providing better views of the updates, while the left side is no doubt a rougher ride.

These latest updates round out the overall experience nicely, giving several must-see reasons to take a trip – or two – aboard the Matterhorn Bobsleds, an excellent upgrade for Disneyland’s 60th anniversary.

8 Comments

  1. Kenny Vee

    What happened to the Wells Expedition tribute? Was it relocated, or did Disney actually throw away the memorial?

    1. Peter Parker

      did they really take that out?!?! that would be so lame.

  2. Thank you so much, Ricky, for posting this so quickly!

    May I ask one question: did they fix the problem of the ceiling beams being visible during the turnaround at the top of the lift on the Fantasyland side? That always bothered me a lot…

    Thanks again!

    Mark

  3. Alex

    Thanks for posting I always enjoy your ride through videos you do such a good job.

  4. Ryan R

    I just went on it today and I really like what they did with him.mhe feel so much more life like.

  5. I for one was very disappointed in the changes made to the ride. I have a very personal connection with the older version of Harold the yeti, as a child. And I feel as if making him a man eating beast takes away the very magical feeling and vibe that Disneyland itself was based upon. I feel like Walt Disney himself would be very displeased.

    1. Dave L

      “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney

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