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    Question Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    So today I went to the park for a couple hours and I rode the Matterhorn. Last time I went to the park, I rode it and it seemed so much faster. The only difference I could come up with was that it was the day time today and last time I rode it, it was night time.

    Do they slow down the ride during the day to make it more family friendly?


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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    The Tomorrowland side is faster than the Fantasyland side, and depending on the weight that's in your bobsled, you can get a much different kind of ride...

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    Red Face Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Yeah, I have noticed the same thing, but I am not totally sure . . . good question.

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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    i second the weight-in-the-bobsled theory.

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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Quote Originally Posted by pineapplewhipaddict
    The Tomorrowland side is faster than the Fantasyland side, and depending on the weight that's in your bobsled, you can get a much different kind of ride...
    That could have been it because before we had four adults all in their own car and this time there were some kids. I knew about the Tomorrowland side, but it just didn't seem as thrilling today...It was sort of sad.


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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    It's all about the weight. (not comparing the two different sides)

    Get lots of heavy people in the bobsled and away you go! That's why I don't diet. If I lost weight it would be detrimental to my enjoyment of the Matterhorn, and the enjoyment of others.

    I eat churros and ice cream for you, people. It's all about the giving.

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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    It's been said that all roller coasters get faster as the day progresses, because the tracks warm up. (Also the wheels and other moving parts.) Weight of the riders is probably less of a factor, as the acceleration of gravity is a constant.

    Anyone know of any scientific studies to confirm this?
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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Actually on the matterhorn and florida space mountain weight is a factor somewhat because the vehicles are lighter than most other rollercoaster cars. What else has been said is true also especially the warming up(actually I heard this fact in a disney magazine with a tidbit about thunder mountain but the same should apply to matterhorn.) a metaphorical examp[le will use a ping pong ball and a bouncy ball of the same size. You roll them down the same hill side by side. The bouncy ball will beat the ping pong ball because it is heavier. You also have to take drag into account as there is less weight to resist drag in a lighter vehicle so the heavier vehicle should go faster. with heavier trains that have higher capacity like those on space mountain in california and thunder mountain weght is porbably less of a factor as more people will fit.

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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Isn't the Tomorrowland side faster and the Fantasyland side track longer?
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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Quote Originally Posted by RPH
    It's all about the weight. (not comparing the two different sides)

    Get lots of heavy people in the bobsled and away you go! That's why I don't diet. If I lost weight it would be detrimental to my enjoyment of the Matterhorn, and the enjoyment of others.

    I eat churros and ice cream for you, people. It's all about the giving.


    It does matter what time of day you ride as well, it's not really that the track warms up, that actually has little to do with it (metal's tend to expand when heated), it's more the grease of the wheels, think of it as most sauces, it thickens as it cools (not running overnight) so it needs time to warm up. Weight of course also play a part in our ultimate speed.

    So yes all rolercoasters are slower during the day.
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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Quote Originally Posted by RPH
    I eat churros and ice cream for you, people. It's all about the giving.
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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    Don't give yourself a heart attack, or diabetes, or hypertension or a stroke for us please!
    Fine. But if I don't weigh enough and our bobsled goes too slow and the Abominable Snowman gets us, don't come cryin' to me I'm just doing my part to help.

    But I'll pass on the churro. I'll have a Monte Cristo instead.

    I've heard that coasters go faster as the day progresses as well, but haven't heard anything scientific. I would assume the weight of the riders would outweigh (pun intended) any effects of heat or wear on the wheels, cars, etc. Would coasters go slower in winter, then? Just wondering.

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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    It's definitely a combination of factors, some roller coasters canNOT start without weight be it Water Dummies (plastic containers filled with water weighing about 150lbs and strapped into the ride vehicles for weight) or sand bags (usually many small 5lb bags full of anything [nuts and bolts are not uncommon] tied into the bottom of the vehicles for weight as well) or other weight methods until the ride warms up. Yes weather can play a huge difference in how a coaster runs as well. Cold weather doesn't allow the grease to heat up the same as it would in summer, etc...
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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    Matterhorn is always a better ride at nite anyway Something about the caves being dark, it makes it seem like you're going faster.

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    Re: Is the Matterhorn slower during the day?

    I have probably seen this thread, in its various forms, ten times since I started reading Disney message boards. This isn't a comment about you, but the time I've spent on these things

    Quote Originally Posted by Chernabog
    Matterhorn is always a better ride at nite anyway Something about the caves being dark, it makes it seem like you're going faster.

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