Matterhorn Bobsleds Then
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A fraction of the height of its namesake, this ride was inspired by the time Walt Disney spent filming in the Swiss Alps. Originally a much smaller hill featuring snow and a toboggan, in 1959, it became the world’s first tubular steel roller-coaster. ©Disney.
Matterhorn Bobsleds Now
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The Matterhorn is still one of the most popular attractions. Over the years, the “snow” has been upgraded to include glass beads that glisten in the sunlight. No other Disneyland in the world has a Matterhorn. The original is still the best. ©Disney.
The Park Then
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There were five themed lands when the park opened in 1955: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Frontierland and Main Street, USA. All still exist today, on a somewhat bigger scale. ©Disney.
The Park Now
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Over 750 million people have now walked through the park. Spread across more than 200 hectares, the resort incudes two theme parks, three hotels and shopping, entertainment and dining in the Downtown Disney District. ©Disney.
Sleeping Beauty Castle Then
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When you think Disney, chances are this is the image that comes to mind. The drawbridge was lowered for the opening day, one of only two times in its history, but guests couldn’t walk through until 1957. ©Disney.
Sleeping Beauty Castle Now
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The walkthrough was reopened in 2008 so guests could stroll through the shimmering structure to enter Fantasyland. It features labyrinthine passageways and a CGI projection of the story of Princess Aurora and Maleficent on the ground floor. ©Disney.
Mad Tea Party Then
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The teacups were spinning on the opening day, alongside 17 other attractions including the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Jungle Cruise (both of which are still running). It’s part of Fantasyland, where classic animated films such as Alice in Wonderland are brought to life. ©Disney.