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Walt Disney conceived the idea for the attraction when visiting Switzerland during filming of his film, Third Man on the Mountain. He was impressed by the beauty of the real Matterhorn, and had the thought of a bobsled ride at the recently opened Disneyland in California.
A basketball court inside the mountain?
There was a basketball half-court inside the structure above the coaster for a long time, near the top of the Matterhorn mountain. This court was really just a break room with a wooden floor where the mountain climbers could play basketball in between climbing sessions. It was not accessible to anyone else, as internal access to the mountain is locked for safety reasons. The court was not removed during a recent renovation due to dry rot as previously reported. However the court was relocated slightly during the installation of the Tinkerbell flight equipment prior to the 50th anniversary celebration, the hoop and playing area remain intact. There is another cast member break room inside the mountain at the base