We recently shared that some exciting new magic is coming next month to Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland park. In anticipation, I’d like to go a different direction with this installment of “The Magic of Disney Parks Storytelling” and tell you the story behind the inspiration for this classic attraction.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds were inspired by the 1959 live action Disney feature film, “Third Man on the Mountain,” which tells the story of a young man who strives to scale the Matterhorn (called “the Citadel” in the film). During filming in Zermatt, Switzerland, Walt Disney became fascinated with the Matterhorn, and his thoughts turned to how he could incorporate this inspiration at Disneyland.
He asked his designers to think about transforming Holiday Hill (a small mound of dirt between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland) into Snow Hill, which would feature real snow. Time passed and ideas evolved, and the project grew in scope. Snow Hill became Snow Mountain, and by the time “Third Man on the Mountain” wrapped in 1958 the project had developed into Matterhorn Mountain.
The real Matterhorn in Switzerland stands 14,700 feet, while the 100th-scale replica at Disneyland reaches nearly 147 feet. Can you think of other mountains or natural wonders that have inspired attractions at Disney Parks around the world?
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One of the most fun things to do with little ones at Walt Disney World Resort is take them to meet the characters that they enjoy from beloved stories and films. It is one of those magical moments that you never forget as a parent, and it creates a memory that kids can relive at home by looking at photos and autograph books from your trip. From Disney Junior characters and Pixar friends, to fairytale princesses and the Fab 5, there is no shortage of opportunities for kids to interact with their favorites.
Parent tips: Utilize FastPass+ to bypass lines at select locations, and have Disney Photo Pass photographers capture shots of the entire family that can be added to your My Disney Experience account via your MagicBand.
Here’s a roundup of some of our guests’ top meet and greet locations in all four theme parks.
Magic Kingdom Park
For Disney’s Hollywood Studios, click here. For Epcot, click here. For Disney’s Animal Kingdom, click here.
UPDATE: Please note the second “World of Color” showing is scheduled for 10:15 p.m., not 11:15 p.m. as previously listed.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” during the 24-Hour Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kickoff event, May 22-23! Additional “World of Color” dining packages have been added for the event at select restaurants at Disney California Adventure park.
Ariel’s Grotto and Wine Country Trattoria will feature special 2-course, prix fixe breakfast menus from 12 a.m. to 1:45 a.m. on May 23, with reserved viewing for a special 3 a.m. showing of “World of Color.”
“World of Color” lunch and dinner packages with reserved viewing for the 9 p.m. and
11:15 p.m. 10:15 p.m. shows on May 22 are available at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Golden Vine Winery and will feature regular menu items. For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.
Learn more about the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, featuring hosts Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse, in this article by my fellow author, Shawn Slater.
Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog – soon I will be sharing a full listing of specialty food and beverage items for the 24-Hour Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kickoff event!
Looking for a new activity to do on your next Disney cruise with your love? Our decadent Chocolate and Liquor Tasting is a popular choice for couples and a fun way to indulge together.
Tonight’s “After Dark” image was shot at Hong Kong Disneyland of the park’s nighttime fireworks spectacular, “Disney In The Stars.”
Last week, we shared that Dockside Margaritas would be opening soon at Downtown Disney. Today is opening day, and we’re sharing the first photos of the cool, laid-back new location. Sit back and enjoy the relaxing things in life–Florida style—while you take a look through the gallery below.
Broadway’s own Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown, took a minute out of her family’s visit while at Magic Kingdom to answer your questions about Walt Disney World. Check out the video below to see if she responded to you!
The Manhattan cocktail became popular during Prohibition, and remains popular with guests of Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park. This swanky signature cocktail is served with Carthay Circle Restaurant’s famous ice sphere, and is garnished with cherries. The ice sphere used in the cocktail is a perfect sphere—the optimal shape for keeping your drink cold, without melting and diluting the drink.
The Franklin School for the Performing Arts students knew they were going to have a magical trip to Walt Disney World Resort when they arrived for their Disney Performing Arts Program experiences, but it had no idea just how magical it would be.
Television became a little goofier this week in 1992 when “Goof Troop” first aired on The Disney Channel. “Goof Troop” told the story of the struggles and silliness The Goof had while raising his son, Max, in suburbia. Goofy and Max joined Chip ‘n Dale (from their “Rescue Rangers” days) on stage in Mickey’s Starland as seen here in July 1992.