Disney Donates Two Matterhorn Bobsleds to National Roller Coaster Museum Along With Signage From California Screamin’

Disney has announced that they have decided to give a set of Matterhorn Bobsled cars that were previously used on the Matterhorn in Disneyland to the National Roller Coaster Museum. After recently replacing the cars and track Disney has decided that the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive will take good care of the cars as they are added to the museum's vast collection.

The cars that replaced the bobsleds that are being donated are pictured above.

“This is the ‘holy grail’ of artifacts for the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive (NRCMA),” NRCMA Chairman Gary Slade said.  “The Matterhorn started the modern era of roller coaster design and launched the themed ride industry.”

“We’re delighted to provide these pieces of Disneyland Resort history to the National Roller Coaster Museum, an organization that celebrates our industry,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of the Disneyland Resort. “The Matterhorn Bobsleds vehicles and California Screamin’ signage represent two of our most beloved attractions, from the first tubular steel-tracked roller coaster in the world to one of the longest and most thrilling.”

The Matterhorn Bobsleds was a marvel of engineering when it opened at Disneyland.   The 14- story “mountain” was built like a skyscraper with multiple floors and cooling units. Not only did Disney donate the  bobsled cars, they also gave signage from the California Screamin’ roller coaster in Disney’s California Adventure.   California Screamin’ is the second longest steel roller coaster in North America.  It features a musical soundtrack and the only outdoor inversions at any Disney park in the U.S.

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6 comments add your comment

  1. I love to hear that the Matterhorn Bobsled Cars will to a good place and still be enjoyed by visitors to the Roller Coaster Museum.

    • Isn’t it great to know that the cars won’t just sit backstage at Disneyland?

      Best,

      Gavin Doyle
      Editor in Chief Disney Dose

  2. I don’t think the Matterhorn is 14-stories tall. If I remember right, the maintenance elevator inside the structure calls the top floor the fifth floor of the building.

    That said, the mountain is 80 feet tall and the average home “story” is 12.5 – 16 feet in height. If you divide up the 80 feet of height, you’ll still come up with less than 14 stories. Tower of Terror (at 183 feet tall) is much closer to the 14-story mark.

    • Great observations Dan. The facts that I am going by were actually released by Disneyland themesleves along with the news of the donation. But, I will definately look into this and send your comment on to one of our press corespondents at the Disneyland Resort.

      Have a Magical Day,

      Gavin Doyle
      Editor in Chief Disney Dose

      • If I were on Disney’s PR team, I’d adapt an old Jungle Cruise joke as my official statement. “Someone once told us that the Matterhorn is 13 stories tall. Another person said it was 14, but that is a whole other story.”

        Thanks for the response to my comment. I really enjoy reading your site.

        • Very funny Jungle Cruise joke. You would be a great member of the Disney PR Team.

          Best,

          Gavin Doyle

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