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.