Thanks to the wonders of Photoshop, I was able to bring a group of badly damaged slides "back to life" so that I can share them with you. I love this great view of the Skyway buckets as they head into the Matterhorn...I have other slides that are like this, but none of them give the "you are there" feeling as much as this one does. The massive structure with its wonderful rock work, waterfalls and foliage all add up to an amazing attraction, the very first peak in Disneyland's "mountain range". I wonder why we head into the mountain on the "left side of the road"? Is it because the Skyway was imported from Germany?
Like most things at the park, the Matterhorn doesn't feel quite as enormous as it did when I was a kid. Crows sitting on the snowy upper reaches help to destroy some of the forced perspective (either that, or those are big crows!). And it seems like the waterfalls are often not all working. But this was the first roller coaster I ever went on, and it is still a great ride 47 years after it opened.