Description And Comments

The Matterhorn is the most distinctive landmark on the Disneyland scene, visible from almost anywhere in the park. Open since 1959, the Matterhorn maintains its popularity and long lines year in and year out. The Matterhorn Bobsleds is a roller-coaster ride with an alpine motif. On the scary scale, the ride ranks about 6 on a scale of 10. The special effects cannot compare to Space Mountain, but they do afford a few surprises.

In 2012, the Matterhorn completed its first top-to-bottom overhaul since the 1970s, receiving rehabilitated tracks and a more-realistic exterior paint job; that was followed in 2015 by enhancements to the lighting and effects, including a more menacing appearance by the mysterious Yeti. You now first glimpse the Yeti during the initial uphill climb as menacing silhouette distorted by ice, then cruise past an ominous collection of old ride vehicles (including vintage bobsleds and an antique Skyway bucket) that the beast has hoarded. Finally, you’ll come face-to-face with the furry legend not once but twice; the encounters are brief, but he moves with a fluid ferocity that his frozen cousin in WDW’s Expedition Everest can only dream of.

More controversially, the old four-passenger vehicles with straddle seats were replaced in 2012 by three-passenger cars with individual seats (similar to Florida's Space Mountain) and seat belts. Future children will be robbed of the traditional thrill of riding nestled between their parent's legs, and thankful fathers will be spared the traditional bruising of their family jewels. The new configuration also increased the minimum height from 35" to 42" and reduced the theoretical hourly capacity, though an added single-rider line helps move things along. The revamped vehicles are also unfriendly to the long-legged; tall riders are advised to ask for the middle or back rows, which have marginally more room. Be warned that wherever you sit, this is the bumpiest coaster in Disney's inventory.

A Richboro, Pennsylvania, dad disagrees with our scary rating of the Matterhorn:

My biggest disappointment was the Matterhorn. I understand it's iconic, but the notion that it could rate as a 6 out of 10 on the scare factor is pure insanity. I'd rate it as a 1! After the steep climb in the dark, you basically just go down in circles until you are left baffled that the roller coaster ride is over.

Touring Tips

Lines for the Matterhorn form as soon as the gates open and persist throughout the day. Ride first thing in the morning or just before the park closes. If you are a roller-coaster person, ride Space Mountain and then hurry over and hop on the Matterhorn. If roller coasters are not the end-all for you, we recommend choosing one of the other coasters and saving this one for a second day.

The Matterhorn's poorly marked single-rider line, which can save you an hour in the queue, is currently one of the park's best-kept secrets. Ask an employee at the Fantasyland side exit how to take advantage of it.

One of the things we like about the Matterhorn is that the entire queuing area is visible. This makes the lines look more oppressive than they actually are (causing newly arrived guests to bypass the attraction). The line normally forms on the Tomorrowland side of the mountain, but during busy times, there is also a line along the Fantasyland side as well. Most people do not know about this, so if you have a party of 2 or more, have one person wait in line, and check out if there is a line on the other side. In our research, when the Fantasyland line is operating, it is a much shorter wait.

Though the two sides are similar, they are not identical; veterans say the Tomorrowland track is faster with steeper drops, while the Fantasyland side is slightly longer with sharper turns.

Matterhorn Bobsleds Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Matterhorn Bobsleds when you visit on a day with a given Disneyland Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Matterhorn Bobsleds Wait Times.

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Special Comments

Fun ride but not too scary; must be 42" tall to ride. Note: some preschoolers loved Matterhorn Bobsleds; others were frightened.

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