Agreed that the bumping and jostling is bad. I haven't been on in so long, what with the rehab and having Cub being too little to ride so I haven't been on in a long time, that I'd forgotten about it's jostlingness. At 4.5 he thinks he wants to go on. After we rode yesterday DH and I agreed, absolutely no riding that for him for a while.
No Splash for him either for a while, as there's no restraint system and the amount of soaking we got yesterday. It's not a ride he'd enjoy, although he thinks he would, and I'd be nervous for his safety with no restraint.
We were going to try the Matterhorn which was my daughter's old favorite until it went down for maintenance, but we were with friends and didn't want to wait in line. I am not optimistic that I will be willing to ride it as much as she would like. I hope that with Carsland now open she will choose different rides when we let each kid choice their "one ride that we will try very hard to get on before we leave."
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The only trick I have ever heard (and does seem to work) to minimize wetness on Splash is to put the weight in the back of the log. A security CM explained to Whistler as they were watching the bottom of the drop and the curve, that the weight in the back keeps the nose of the log from going too far under. As they were watching he pointed out to Whistler the logs with the weight in the front were wetter than the ones with it in the back.
A only moved to her own seat on Splash last year at 9, before that she would only ride if she coud ride next to me. Oh and if you decide to try it this way Karin, put Cub on your right, or you won't see him in the picture.
I'm glad others are saying that the other seats are more comfortable, I'll have to try those seats. It really is my favorite ride and I would hate to have to give it up.
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I rode the "new" Matterhorn for the first and last time... What a tough seat to sit in!... It is sloooowwww... for all of you who remember the whoops and turns... I think sacks of potatoes get treated better than I did.. At the end of the ride the braking system jerked so bad it actually twisted my back and b*tt muscle..... so as an understatement.... it sucked....
The Matterhorn was my favorite ride in the park, I loved the fact that it was only at Disneyland and that it was the first steel tube coaster. I loved the swooping turns and the growls and looking out on the rest of the park from the ride. I would have no problem waiting 45 min to 1 hour (which I would not to for any other ride), but that has changed now with the new bobsleds, I am 6'1 and have no problem with fitting on any ride in the whole resort, I felt like i was to big for the single seat. And it actually hurt during the ride. I will always love the old Matterhorn, and will go on the new one again (on the rare occasion the line is 10 min or less).
Is there a maximum height you must be under in order to ride the new matterhorn? I'm a really tall guy and I haven't ridden with the new bobsleds yet because I'm afraid I won't fit. I would hate to wait in line and then not get to ride because I'm too tall to squeeze into a seat. I wish Disneyland would put a sample bobsled near the ride where people could check to see how well they fit and If they would be comfortable enough to ride. This could also double as a photo-op.
There is no posted maximum. I am 5'7" and was uncomfortable. I do have long legs. My husband is only 5'8", his legs are shorter than mine be wasn't too comfortable either.
Single rider line should be faster, if you wanted to try.
I'm 5'5", and it wasn't comfortable. Not horrible, but definitely not comfortable. DH is about 5'10" and he says he never needs to ride it again after he tried it last week.
The ride seemed super slow to me - not nearly enough of a payoff to justify the jerkiness & bumpiness. I know now not to ride it if I feel like I'm on the verge of getting a headache - it's just rough enough that it might push me over the edge.
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I rode it yesterday and once again found myself to be very disappointed. The central problem was that the seats are too small (no more leg room or room for merchandise... It was and has continued to be a disappointment. Softing the seats will help instead of hard plastic... Maybe just get new vehicles...
Lets all boycott the attraction until they fix the problem
I'm only 5-3 and felt crunched. It was very jerky and I'm not planning on riding again. Smashed my toes against the side (had open toe sandals on) and messed up my pedicure (ha - ha).
It's been fun going through security at the Main Plaza entry point, where the only thing in my backpack is a piece of foam. One particularly serious cast member pulled it out of my bag about three times before asking "What's this for ?". My answer : "It's my Matterhorn Bobsled Survival Kit." "Oh." No smile, no change in expression.
I still don't know whether to seek punishment and retribution for the new bobsled designer, or a parade for the old bobsled designer. This is the first adult ride vehicle at any Disney park which causes discomfort.
I rode it yesterday for the first time with the new sleds. I don't like it at all. It was the roughest ride I've ever been on. I am pretty sure that it was the ride that gave me a headache, although TBH, it was very hot out as well. I thought it was the most uncomfortable seat. It was awkward to get out of and I'm only 5'4". I do like that they have a single rider line, but I'm not sure if I will ride it again.
Such a bummer, because I really liked the old Matterhorn...
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I am willing to ride it again. I will use my sweatshirt or something to pad my tailbone I think. Or I think I will hunt down the guy with the foam pad . A dollar a ride you could pay for a new AP quickly.