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Disneyland donates Matterhorn bobsleds to Roller Coaster Archives

by Leah Zanolla
Sep 17, 2012

After Disneyland's recent refurbishment of their Matterhorn Bobsled ride, they have donated two of the 1978 ride vehicles to the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives. The Matterhorn is seen as a historic artifact because it was the world's first tubular-steel roller coaster. Archives chairman Gary Slade said, "This is the holy grail of artifacts for the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive. The Matterhorn started the modern era of roller coaster design and launched the themed-ride industry."

Disneyland also donated a sign from Disney California Adventure's "California Screamin'" to the Archives. According to Pete Owens, a spokesman for the National Roller Coaster Museum, "California Screamin' is the second-longest steel roller coaster in North America, at 6,072 feet. The longest, at 6,595, is the Millennium Force at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio."

The donations took place at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Archive does not actually have a permanent museum location, so the ride vehicles and sign are currently in Plainview, Texas, at the archive facility, where they are being prepared for display. They will be part of a temporary exhibit, possibly at Dollywood.