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Disneyland's monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage turn 60

Historical Photo: Disneyland Attractions Celebrate 60th Anniversary
Present Day Photo: Disneyland Attractions Celebrate 60th Anniversary
Posted at 2:55 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 17:56:41-04

(KGTV) — It's been 60 years since Disneyland guests were first taken under the sea, through the snow, and into the future.

The park's monorail, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Submarine Voyage attractions were opened to the public on June 14, 1959. While the rides have undergone their fair share of repairs and updates since then, they've continued to provide guests with a memorable time.

When the Disneyland Monorail debuted, it was the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, according to the park. The historic ride has been zipping guests from Tomorrowland through the park, providing a one-of-a-kind tour to the grounds.

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The 2.5-mile journey has been updated since 1959, but still represents to futuristic ideas of transportation it inspired when it opened.

In 1959, the Matterhorn Bobsleds help set the standard for steel roller coasters in the U.S. and was the first tubular steel coaster in the world. The attraction sends rides gliding through a snow-capped mountain and along jagged ledges as they avoid the Abominable Snowman.

Walt Disney based the ride off the 1959 live-action film "Third Man on the Mountain," At first, he covered a forested, 20-foot-high mound with artificial snow and add a toboggan run. But ambition kicked in, leading Disney to grow that mound into a 147-foot-tall mountain ride.

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The Submarine Voyage started off as one of the park's first "e-ticket" attractions. Losely based on the 1958 voyage to the North Pole by the USS Nautilus, the ride immersed guests into an underwater world filled with mermaids, ancient ruins, and a giant squid. The ride set sail for the last time on Sept. 7, 1998, before its modern upgrades.

Today, the submarine casts guests into the world of "Finding Nemo" to explore with characters of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie. Now, riders can even listen to characters with special "sonar hydrophones" as they peek through the submarine's port holes at the land under the sea.