Monday, May 14, 2007

Matterhorn Load Area, August 1960

Imagine how exciting it must have been to see and ride the mighty Matterhorn back in 1960. It was still brand new, the world's first tubular steel rollercoaster! And in the form of a famous mountain...who would've thunk it? Walt Disney conceived the idea for the attraction when visiting Switzerland during the shooting of his film, "Third Man on the Mountain".

Here's a nice detail of the chalet...I love all of the shields painted in colorful heraldic crests. And that sign with the Matterhorn and a guy tooting an alphorn...who wouldn't love to have that in their collection!

This castmember is just DARING us to not keep our arms inside the vehicle at all times. She looks like one tough cookie, I have NO interest in making her day. Nice outfit, though. We're seated right behind grandma, how much trouble can we cause?


Matterhorn1959 said...

I actually think the ride operator is cute and maybe just striking a pose. I also noticed the ride operator in the control tower looks a little bored and just idly pushing the buttons!

Connie Moreno said...

I will never, ever forget my first ride on the Matterhorn. It was THRILLING for a 5 year old!