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.