On Friday, June 14, Three Iconic Attractions, The Disneyland Monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage (which is now Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage) celebrate their 60th Anniversary. These three attractions each opened on June 14, 1959, at Disneyland park.
The Disneyland Monorail was the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. Walt Disney originally envisioned the monorail as a form of public transportation for the future. However, the monorail debuted around the same time when the automobile was gaining popularity, and monorails in the United States are now mostly found only in Disney’s theme parks.
The first monorail trains were the Mark I trains which consisted of three cars each. In 1961 the Tomorrowland station was lengthened to accommodate the debut of the four-car Mark II and the additional new Yellow train. The track was also extended about 2½ miles outside the park to a second platform at the Disneyland Hotel, which is now the Downtown Disney station. The Monorail track was also the first to be located on a major road, Harbor Blvd.
One of the most thrilling attractions at Disneyland Park is the Matterhorn Bobsleds which offers guests twisting and turning high-speed roller coaster through icy tunnels and end with a final splash. Matterhorn Bobsleds became the first roller coaster style attraction at Disneyland and the first tubular steel coaster in the world.
In 1978 the Abominable Snowman was added to the attraction that guests and see and hear throughout the ride. Then in 2015, the Snowman was transformed into the version we see today. Check out our full ride video of the attraction below and be sure to spot the Abominable Snowman as you take a ride on this fun mountain coaster.
This attraction is modeled after the Matterhorn in Swiss Alps located in Switzerland. The Matterhorn Bobsleds is unique to Disneyland and does not appear at any of Disney’s other theme park’s worldwide.
When the Submarine Voyage opened in 1959, it was a new attraction that took guests on an underwater journey to the North Pole from 1959 to 1998. The original attraction had a giant squid, the mermaids, and a journey through the ancient ruins of lost lands.
The original Submarine Voyage was also one of the first “E” Ticket attractions at Disneyland Since then, the attraction went through a major refurbishment and re-opened as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage which takes guests on an immersive ride.
The attraction is inspired by characters in the 2003 Disney and Pixar film, “Finding Nemo”. Today the ride thrills guests as they get to be part of the elite undersea diving expedition Nautical Exploration and Marine Observation (N.E.M.O.) Institute.
The imagination behind these attractions has made them historic staples of Disneyland Park. We look forward to enjoying them for many more years to come.
Which of the three attractions is your favorite? Will be you visiting the Disneyland Resort this summer? Let us know in the comments below!