It was the last chance to drop for the Tower of Terror before it disappeared forever into the Twilight Zone of yesterland and many fans dropped in at Disney California Adventure on Monday to take a final ride. Caitlyn McNulty drove in from Las Vegas for the last day. “I wouldn’t miss the funeral of my favorite ride,” she said.
The ride is getting a makeover to a more sci/fi fantasy theme. When it reopens this summer, it will be called “Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission Breakout!” It will feature characters from the Marvel movie series and a whole new look. The makeover was announced last summer by Marvel’s producer Kevin Feige at the San Diego Comic-Con, and is the first ride at the Disneyland Resort based on a movie from the Marvel Comics universe. It will retain the elevator-drop that has been a key part of Tower of Terror.
The world's first tubular steel coaster will be undergoing a bit of a change during the 2012 season. Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds is set to receive a new set of trains. The changes should be completed for the summer of 2012.
Matterhorn Bobsleds' current trains allow for two riders to sit in the same seat while the coaster traverses its circuit. This will no longer be an option once the new fleet of trains are installed. According to Theme Park Tourist the new trains will consist of two cars that hold three people each. Each train consists of two cars for a total of six riders per train. Each rider will sit directly behind the rider in front of them. The trains will show a pretty strong resemblance to those found on Space Mountain at Disneyworld in Florida.
As you may have noticed, Matterhorn Bobsleds closed on January 9th. This was the first step in the installation of the new fleet. According to Theme Park Tourist the ride will remain closed for a few months in order to get the new trains up and running. During this time the new trains will be installed and then tested to ensure that they are safe and running correctly. The ride is expected to reopen in June.
Matterhorn Bobsleds gave its first rides to the public on June 14, 1959. Its hard to believe that this coaster has been providing family thrills for over 50 years now. While it certainly isn't the tallest or fastest coaster in the world, it is certainly one of the most nostalgic.
n a tragic accident on Friday, one person was killed and ten others injured when a locomotive train section of a train on Big Thunder Mountain Railroadbroke loose.The accident took place inside of one of the coaster's tunnel sections, and the identity of the rider who died was released as Marcello Torres of Gardena, California.Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been shut down pending a thorough investigation into the incident.The mine train-style coaster has operated since 1979 and features themed 32-passenger trains, with a sister ride located at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida.