Been away from the blog for a few days...in the absence of ideas, I'll add to Major's Matterhorn post...
Here's some sweet angles on the freshly opened, Matterhorn Mountain from July 1959. At least that's the date on these slides. So, I'd say these were taken within a week or two of the Matterhorn's opening. A couple of the shots give you a glimpse of the hollow interior section where the Skyway went through.
The Matterhorn is one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland in that it's so "Walt".
It came about from his trips to Switzerland for the filming of the "Third Man On The Mountain" feature film. I like the fact that the Matterhorn was created simply because Walt looked up from his morning coffee and pastries, saw the actual Matterhorn and said, "I want one o' those!"
No focus group tests, no board of creative executives, no one to tell him "I don't think so, buster".
The Disneyland Matterhorn exists solely for the indulgence of one man.
In the process, he added great atmosphere to his park, reinvented the rollercoaster industry and proved once again, anything is possible..
Within a year of that coffee and pastry indulgence, the majestic Matterhorn rose over Anaheim, California-
Altitude: 160ft above sea level! YES!!!!