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Taking a Spin on The Matterhorn

Born from the dirt excavated to build the moat for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle rises a 147-foot high mountain on the border between Disneyland’s Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.  We know this mountain better as…..The Matterhorn.

Matterhorn #1Disney Imagineers, like they did with a lot of tall structures, used forced perspective to make The Matterhorn seem bigger than it actually is.

The Matterhorn attraction rose out of Walt Disney’s desire to rid the parks of guests who were using the Matterhorn area (at the time known as Snow Hill) as a late-night rendezvous area since this really did fit into Disney’s vision of the park.  Like many of Walt Disney’s visions, his initial vision needed to be scaled back.  His original attraction concept was a toboggan ride with actual snow on the mountain.  Obviously, the logistics of keeping real snow fresh on a small mountain in southern California would be near impossible.

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