Most bobsledding is done on the OUTside of mountains,
not in enclosed tracks. Matterhorn is great as it is,
with the enhancements added in '78.
Save those criticisms for California Screamin'. THAT
is the coaster that NEEDS A COMPLETE MAKEOVER!
None of that is enclosed, doesn't have near the thrill
factor as the Matterhorn, and the theme of Screamin
is the lamest of ANY Disney Coaster.
Critter Country's a mess ev'r since the Country Bears were kicked out. Ya can't cover pooh with honey and 'spect people ta like it.
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Part of the ride is for the people walking by too. Hearing the people scream and the faint sound of Bigfoot really adds to the character of the area. As great as Space Mountain is you don't get to hear sounds from the ride at all. Even when you are inside you don't hear much which adds to the excitement too.
I remember as a kid being scared of the Matterhorn yet drawn to it by the screams. I'd hate to think kids nowadays would miss out on that anticipation.
Interesting idea, but I'm with the others...the Matterhorn benefits from being open in some areas. I like the contrast between the exterior slopes and bridges, the areas that are offer views of the outside but aren't quite "there", and the parts of the track that tunnel into the heart of the mountain. It makes the ride far more interesting. The track layouts are truly fascinating, and they were built with the intention of some areas being inside, some areas being outside, and some being somewhere between. (Yes, the original Matterhorn had a different interior, but the contrast was still intentional, I'm sure.)
I think the Matterhorn is pretty great just how it is. I can't think of anything I would add. Maybe get the water falls working again? It will interesting to see what the new sleds do to the ride and over all feel.