Don’t get your protest signs out just yet, the Matterhorn is closing but only for a short refurbishment period. Our iconic mountain will continue to stand tall at the entrance to Fantasyland for all to enjoy. The last day to enjoy a slide down the bobsleds was August 8th.
Right now there is no announcement for a re-opening date, though based on previous refurbishment times, there is still hope that the Matterhorn will return to welcoming passengers by the holiday season.
In honor of wishing the Matterhorn farewell, here’s a bit of little know Matterhorn history.
Back when the ride first opened in 1959, climbers used to scale the mountain and have been doing so on and often for nearly four decades. Even Mickey Mouse himself climbed the great Matterhorn to celebrate Disneylands 50th anniversary back in 2006. While the climbers have not been spotted since 2012, enthusiasts are still hoping they make a comeback. As a huge fan-favorite sitting between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, this Swiss alps replica will be missed greatly, even if it’s just for a few short weeks.
But don’t fret, there is still several high thrill rides left open to visit. If you like the Matterhorn, check out Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland or Space Mountain in nearby Tomorrowland. And while we won’t be able to enjoy the slopes for some time, it’s still a great spot for photo ops or just relaxing in between rides in the cool shade it provides to escape that summer sun.