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.
“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.