On this day sixty years ago three iconic Disneyland attractions opened as part of the theme park’s first major expansion. Those attractions were the Matterhorn, Monorail, and Submarine Voyage.
The Matterhorn was the first mountain to be built in Disneyland. It has also earned its place on the National Register of Roller Coasters due to it being the first tubular steel roller coaster ever built. It has gone through various changes and renovations throughout its sixty years such as getting new trains and new fresh coats of paint every few years on the mountain. The ride has become very rough over the years and there have been continuous efforts to try and improve the ride experience, but unfortunately they do not seem to be working.
Just like the Matterhorn, the Disneyland Monorail has gone through some significant changes in its past sixty years. For starters it opened as a sight seeing attraction with only one station. A few years into operation, it got a station at the Disneyland Hotel, thereby making it a full transportation system. The Disneyland Monorail was the first operating monorail system in the United States and continues to be one of just a very few systems operating in the country. The Monorail uses Mark trains and ever couple of decades the trains get updated to the next generation.
FINDING NEMO SUBMARINE VOYAGE
Lastly, another transportation attraction opened on this date sixty years ago and that is the Submarine Voyage. Located in the lagoon in Tomorrowland, this attraction provides a picturesque view of the Matterhorn and Monorail stop. This attraction was the first out of the three to stop operating. After a few decades it came back for the 50th anniversary and was re-branded as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The attraction got a new paint job and a new story and screens and continues to operate as of today.
There are non stop rumors that two of these three attractions will be significantly altered or removed as part of a Fantasyland or Tomorrowland expansion. There are rumors the subs will be going away completely and the Monorail track will be significantly altered for the Disneyland expansions as well as the Eastern Gateway and DCA expansion.
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