Disneyland Matterhorn attraction closes for refurbishment after rockwork accident

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Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

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Disneyland’s fan-favorite Matterhorn attraction will be closed for refurbishment on weekdays over the next couple of weeks.

The announcement of a refurbishment comes just a couple of months after the mountainside of the Matterhorn attraction broke loose back in August and prompted the attraction to close. A large portion (reportedly the size of a bedroom door) of the Matterhorn mountain reportedly broke loose and forced the attraction to close one of its two tracks. The Matterhorn Bobsleds typically operates with two tracks running simultaneously (one facing Tomorrowland and the other facing Fantasyland), but since a portion of the rockwork needed repair, Disneyland had to close one side of the attraction, although the repairs are more cosmetic than mechanical.

“During overnight maintenance, a portion of decorative rockwork was found to be in need of repair, which we are working quickly to make,” Disneyland officials stated back in August shortly after the accident occurred.

Matterhorn at Disneyland
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Disneyland Resort announced on its official webpage for the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction that “Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed for refurbishment from October 21 to 25 and October 28 to November 1, 2019.” At the time of this article’s publication, it looks like attraction will remain open on weekends, presumably since Saturdays and Sundays are the most popular times to visit the Disneyland theme parks (and since this weekend, being the last weekend before Halloween, will likely be pretty busy for guests visiting the Disneyland Resort).

In case you’re unfamiliar, the iconic Matterhorn Bobsleds is one of the original attractions at Disneyland park that has been around since the attraction originally made its debut back in 1959. Themed after the famous Swiss mountain, this is one of the original Disneyland attractions that was around back when Walt Disney himself oversaw the southern California theme park. It was also the first roller coaster-type attraction at Disneyland and the first tubular steel track coaster in the world. The ride vehicles and abominable snowman with the snow cavern have since been refurbished, but the Matterhorn still boasts the same thrilling adventure and immersive theme its had since opening.

Here’s how Disneyland describes the Matterhorn Bobsleds on the official website:

Climb into a 6-person bobsled and brace yourself against howling winds as you ascend 80 feet up into an icy cave. Take in the sweeping views at the summit and prepare for a thrilling, high-speed ride.
Swoop in and out of shadowy caves and along jagged rocky ledges. Throttle through snowy chutes and around frozen precipices. Fly across bridges and under waterfalls before splashing down into an alpine lake.
The real peril is not snow or sleet! Stories abound of a growling creature known as the Abominable Snowman—who will do anything and everything to protect his home.
Do you have what it takes to find out if the legends are true?

Submarine Voyage with the Disneyland Monorail above and Matterhorn in background
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As of now, Matterhorn Bobsleds will be back up and running seven days a week beginning November 2, although we will update this article if anything changes or if Disneyland Resort adjusts the refurbishment schedule for this Fantasyland attraction.

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