The Mouse for Less website reports that the Matterhorn will be shut down through April 19 and also from April 22-26, 2013.
The Matterhorn has had trouble for years – initially they had a lot of corrosion issues due to humidity and poorly treated steel surfaces. I know this because a good friend of mine was hired awhile ago as a corrosion consultant at Disneyland.
Here is some background on the Matterhorn’s history, courtesy of Disneyland’s website:
Walt Disney fell in love with the real Matterhorn in Switzerland while filming the 1959 live-action film Third Man on the Mountain. Back at Disneyland Park, Walt decided to cover a forested 20-foot-high mound named Holiday Hill with artificial snow, add a toboggan run and rename it Snow Hill. However, Walt always dreamed big, and his “hill” grew into a 147-foot-tall “mountain.”
Innovation was an integral part of Walt Disney’s character. Matterhorn Bobsleds is not only the first roller-coaster-style attraction at Disneyland Park, it is also the very first tubular steel roller coaster in the world.
Another bit of trivia: No other Disney Park in the world has a Matterhorn Mountain. This iconic attraction at Disneyland Park is indeed one-of-a-kind.