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    Cool Transforming the Matterhorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    I saw someone else write this and suggest it was "a rumour" he had heard somewhere.

    I do not profess to any rumour... this is just plain fantasy conversation and opinion....

    So lets discuss the idea of the Matterhorn becoming a Frozen themed ride.

    I know the traditionalists, to which I consider myself to be, would think the idea terrible but I want you to consider a few things...

    Rides Evolve.

    Pirates had both the political correct update and then the Jack Sparrow-a-thon. I am sure some hated it and may still do. I myself miss the old soundtrack (He Knows Too Much!) but have become very happy with the update.

    Finding Nemo is perhaps the best example of re-Imagineering a ride into a modern adventure.

    Swiss Family Robinson becomes Tarzan.

    Even classics like It's a Small World took on a "Where's Waldo" theme when they went away (not far away but away) from the original concept of children of the world sharing a thought of peace and connection to the addition of Disney Characters.

    So why would a Frozen Ride not be acceptable at the Matterhorn? After all, in the beginning it was a wooden structure with skyways going through it so the Snowmen are not original either.

    I really think this idea has merit!

    It won't happen until after the 60th Party as there is not enough time to put together some scenes and figures.

    Imagine.... there could even be an abominable snowman hiding in a Skyway Vehicle somewhere as a tribute to the past ala the three heads in Winnie The Pooh.

    Thoughts?

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Personally. I think there's too much "filmized" attractions as it is.
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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Not a fantasy. It is a nightmare.







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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Never in a million years...Frozen is a great film and a new disney classic but this ride shouldn't be touched.


    now that's not to say that maybe it couldn't have maybe Elsa and Anna during maybe a holiday overlay but as a permanent addition.... I don't think so.
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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambo View Post
    Not a fantasy. It is a nightmare.

    How so.... explain? Is it just that you are a traditionalist?

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Do you think if you were asked a similar question prior to the Pirates update you would have had the same opinion on that too? Again, I agree with you... not putting down your response but I am curious if that was an emotional kinda visceral answer.


    My first thought was "Heck no!" but after thinking about it... I think it would be a smart idea. They can still call it The Matterhorn just like Tom Sawyer's Island kept it's name after the pirate overlay.

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beatle_johnny View Post
    Pirates had both the political correct update and then the Jack Sparrow-a-thon. I am sure some hated it and may still do. I myself miss the old soundtrack (He Knows Too Much!) but have become very happy with the update.

    Finding Nemo is perhaps the best example of re-Imagineering a ride into a modern adventure.

    Swiss Family Robinson becomes Tarzan.

    Even classics like It's a Small World took on a "Where's Waldo" theme when they went away (not far away but away) from the original concept of children of the world sharing a thought of peace and connection to the addition of Disney Characters.

    So why would a Frozen Ride not be acceptable at the Matterhorn? After all, in the beginning it was a wooden structure with skyways going through it so the Snowmen are not original either.
    --Pirates had a quickly growing franchise and guests would go onto the attraction expecting Jack, which they got in 2006.
    --The subs were themed to Nemo because it fit best after Atlantis tanked at the box office. This attraction was pretty much rumored for a comeback since closing back in 1998 anyways.
    --Swiss Family Robinson doesn't have as much pull as Tarzan nowadays.
    --Hong Kong started the "Where's Waldo?" Small World, and Imagineers did it to add literal "character" to the attraction.

    Matterhorn is best left untouched. It is one of the few attractions not based ENTIRELY off a Disney film (I say ENTIRELY because Third Man on the Mountain did loosely inspire it). If Space Mountain got a Star Wars or WALL-E integration, for example, I think many people would be up in arms.
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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    There were already plenty of pros and cons in the other thread.

    As to your "rides evolve" point, though, I do think that there's an intangible magic to Disneyland that can potentially be squeezed out if too many classic attractions disappear or are altered beyond reason. This is, of course, up to individual taste. I know someone who will not ride Pooh because it took the place of CBJ. Personally, I think of Splash Mountain as "where America Sings went to die." From posts around here it's apparent that some have already "lost the magic" due to price increases and/or crowding so disenchantment is not unknown.

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Frozen is a Norwegian story. The Matterhorn is in Switzerland.

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by hollyray View Post
    Frozen is a Norwegian story. The Matterhorn is in Switzerland.
    I suppose they could just rename the whole thing "North Mountain" and be done with it.

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by hollyray View Post
    Frozen is a Norwegian story. The Matterhorn is in Switzerland.
    Yes but Tom Sawyer is a Missouri story (which does include a pirate adventure) but clearly the overlay was Caribbean connected.

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigcatrik View Post
    There were already plenty of pros and cons in the other thread.

    As to your "rides evolve" point, though, I do think that there's an intangible magic to Disneyland that can potentially be squeezed out if too many classic attractions disappear or are altered beyond reason. This is, of course, up to individual taste. I know someone who will not ride Pooh because it took the place of CBJ. Personally, I think of Splash Mountain as "where America Sings went to die." From posts around here it's apparent that some have already "lost the magic" due to price increases and/or crowding so disenchantment is not unknown.

    ... and that was my first reaction. I still miss the CBJ and think it will one day make a return by reducing the Hungary Bear Restaurant... at least I hold out that it will be.....*sniff*

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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Well besides the historical aspect (the Matterhorn is the grandfather so to speak of the modern roller coaster) I don't believe that this ride is set up to give a movie like Frozen justice. You are literally whipping around corners and flying by waterfalls and get a half a second long glimpse at Harold at that's pretty much it. Frozen is a very detail oriented story (look at Elsa's Ice Castle for example and also the hidden mickey and cameo appearances by others), blink and you'd miss all of this, which would even be worse with the Matterhorn. Frozen deserves its own ride that is slower paced like Pirates that allows guests to fully absorb all the details and imagery that make Frozen such a great film in the first place. While I believe that they could do a "snowy European setting" in that area of the park which would encompass the monorail and autopia as well, I don't think its a good idea crossing the Matterhorn with Frozen either as both represent different cultures from two different countries.
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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    I got an idea ... lets leave the classics alone.

    Lets not brainwash ourselves into this (temporary) reality ... where all classics have to have new "Franchise" makeovers.

    How about Frozen getting it's very own attraction (?).
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    Re: Transforming the Mattahorn into a Frozen Themed Thrill Ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    I suppose they could just rename the whole thing "North Mountain" and be done with it.
    Except for the fact that the Matterhorn in Disneyland is a replica of the real mountain. So, no.

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