Disneyland has confirmed that it will replace the Matterhorn Bobsleds roller coaster's ride vehicles with a new fleet, which will be up-and-running in summer 2012.
The new "bobsleds" will be able to hold three guests each, with two being linked together to carry up to six guests at a time. The Matterhorn will close for several months from Monday, January 9, 2012, to enable the new vehicles to be installed and tested. The ride is expected to reopen in mid-June.
The Matterhorn's previous vehicles enabled two riders to sit in the same seat, which will not be possible in the new version. The trains will be similar to the vehicles used on Space Mountain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
The coaster made its debut at Disneyland in June 14, 1959 and was inspired by the mountain of the same name in Switzerland. The Matterhorn was a first-of-its-kind attraction, being the first roller coaster to feature a continuous tubular steel track.