Why Doesn’t Walt Disney World Have The Matterhorn, Like Disneyland Does?

by SharonKurheg

If you ever go to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (WDW), you know there are three “mountains” – Space Mountain (opened in 1975), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1980) and Splash Mountain (1992).

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Yet if you go to Disneyland, you’ll encounter FOUR mountains: similar versions of the three above, plus the Matterhorn Bobsleds.


Opened in 1959, the Matterhold Bobsleds (a.k.a. the Matterhorn) was the first thrill ride at Disneyland. It proved to be so popular mid-that anyone would have thought when Walt Disney World was being built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it would be a shoo-in as one of the original attractions, right?

Welp, apparently…not. Here’s why…

And now we know. Walt Disney World DID eventually get its Matterhorn, sorta. And it’s about fifty years late. But it’s an outstanding attraction, so I’m not gonna complain ;-).

*** Feature photo (cropped): “Matterhorn” By  HarshLight is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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1 comment

Duke March 2, 2019 - 4:35 pm

Keep in mind. The track layout for Disneyland’s Matterhorn and Florida’s Space Mountain are exactly the same. So it wouldn’t have made sense when they made a Space Mountain for Disneyland, to use what Florida had, cause we would have the same ride twice. So they made a different track for Space.


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