Matterhorn Movie

If you’ve been reading The Disney Blog for a while, then you might remember that one of the attractions I feel a close attraction to is The Matterhorn in Disneyland. It was the first attraction my grandfather Vic Greene was show producer on while at Imagineering. My mom remembers him in the dining room with others from work trying to figure out how the queue switch backs worked (there’s an optical illusion). There are also the tales of his being on the first sled down the mountain. The water wasn’t in the splash/break zone yet, so they set up bales of hay to retard the speed of the Matterhorn Sled. It worked, but almost resulted in whiplash for the car’s passengers.

I know there are more stories to tell and one day I’m sure I’ll learn more of them. But in the meantime, there’s big news in the Hollywood Reporter. A producer and screenwriter have been hired on to make a movie based on the Matterhorn attraction at Disneyland. That’s ironic since it was a movie that inspired the attraction in the first place. When Walt was in Switzerland to monitor filming of ‘Third Man on the Mountain’ he sent back a postcard of the Matterhorn to WED in Glendale with two words on the back “Build This.” (At least that’s the story in my house.)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, right now the working title of the film is “The Hill” and it involves explorers on the mountain who encounter troubles and possibly a Yeti.

I’m withholding judgement at this point, but feel free to chime in with your thoughts.

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11 Responses to Matterhorn Movie

  1. Beth says:

    Any word if it’s the disco yeti? ;-)

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  3. NT3 says:

    I find this to be especially amusing since fans of the HBO show Entourage may remember a first season plotline where Vince is being courted to play the lead in the new Disney film “Matterhorn”…based obviously on the real life Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

    “Nobody wants to watch things blow up at Disneyland…”

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  5. Kayleen says:

    Love the ride, but not sure how I feel about a movie linked with it…

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  7. Amphigorey says:

    “trying to figure out how the queue switch backs worked (there’s an optical illusion).”

    Can you say more about this? What’s the illusion?

    • John Frost says:

      Because the ground gently slopes up and away from you as you enter the switchback portion of the queue, it appears that the people at the head of the queue about to board are close than they actually are. This makes the wait seem shorter than it is.

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