Inspired by the Space queue thread.
I've always thought that Matterhorn's queue was good. I, for one, like watching bobsleds run by as I'm waiting. It builds my anticipation. I've noticed that in the beginning of the day, the open both queues. Then when 3pm rolls around, they close the Fantasyland side of the Mountain to allow the Parade of Dreams to perform. Here's my idea:
Why not remodel the queue, not just the Fantasyland side, but the Tomorrowland side as well. Have the queue go inside the mountain. If you look closely on the Fantasyland side, there's a good distance between the pathway and the mountain. They could easily use that space as part of the queue. Then, you can have the line go inside the mountain. While inside the mountain, you hear ambient growls from the Abominable Snowman, the increased volume of the snowy wind, ambient screams from riders and to add the the theme of an Alpine Swiss mountain, the "caves" of which you wait in are only 60 degrees. Of course, they would probably only do this during the summer months, but during the winter, they could increase it a little, but not so much.
In order for this work, you can't have the line come back out because it would interfere with the parade route. So, while in the "cave", guests would descend down a pathway, underground. Guests would come back up another flight of stairs, into the switchback part of the queue in the Swiss building (the station). You all know the little pathway right before you go into the switchbacks? That would no longer be apart of the queue as guests would come out of the "cave", up the stairs and when the reach the top, they would already by in the station building. This would greatly cut down on line cutting. Have you ever waited in line, then when you get to the turnstile, four or five people join the person in front of you and the Cast Member just lets them cut? Well, with this new queue, guests could not do that because in order to get to that turnstile, you'd have to go all the way to the beginning, down the stairs, then back up.
This new queue would also greatly benefit the Tomorrowland side of the queue. That little pathway between the Mountain and the Submarine Lagoon is always so crowded, even before Nemo opened. People just don't know how to walk in that area. With Matterhorn's queue going inside the Mountain and going underground, it would reduce the congestion.
I've also noticed some elements in the Matterhorn that have been (should I say it) "declining by degrees."
The Snowy Wind: We all know it exists, but to a person who is visiting Disneyland for the first time, you'd never know it was there. Long ago, you can hear the wind from quite a distance. I remember being able to hear it from the Hub, Small World, Dumbo, and Monorail station. Then, in order to hear it, you'd have to be in line for the ride, or physically on the ride to hear it. Now, you barely hear it if you're on the ride. I wish they would increase the volume of the Snowy Wind once again.
The Abominable Snowman's Roar: Long ago, you could hear his mighty roar from a distance. I remember being able to hear it from Dumbo and Small World. Now, you have to be standing next to it to hear him.
The Swiss Mountain: Matterhorn needs a paint job.
It would be cool to see our Matterhorn be darker, with more snow.
Also, in the soundtrack to the Matterhorn, Jack Wagner says "which takes guests on thrilling bobsled run through icy caverns (right), fog banks (NO), eerie colorful icicles and ice crystals, (right), and a terrifying encounter with the Abominable Snowman."
One thing that's missing from the attraction is fog, or mist. I think it would be cool, to have fog at each opening of the mountain. How cool would it be to see bobsleds disappear into a cloud of mist!