Disney100 Matterhorn Bobsleds Banner Lists Wrong Opening Year at Disneyland Resort

There’s a new series of banners on the tram route at Disneyland Resort, each one naming a different attraction, park, or movie and the year it debuted. Unfortunately, someone on the design team didn’t double-check their work and multiple banners have errors. Most egregiously, the banner for Matterhorn Bobsleds has the wrong year.

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The blue and silver banners hang from lampposts for tram riders and walkers to see. They state the media name in a circle at the center and the year in a Cast Member nametag shape at the bottom. For example, above is a banner for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which opened in 1967 at Disneyland.

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds banner says “1955” at the bottom.

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1955 is the opening year of Disneyland, but Matterhorn Bobsleds wasn’t conceived until the next year and didn’t actually open until 1959. It was the park’s first roller-coaster and led to a tradition of mountain coasters across Disney Parks, including Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain.

Hopefully, Disney replaces the incorrect banner soon. It’s not the only time they’ve slipped up in regard to years recently: Disney Parks Blog got Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort’s upcoming anniversary wrong last month.

Let’s take a closer look at the other banners.

Movies & Shows

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Most of the movie names and dates are correct. Here’s Pixar’s “Toy Story,” which premiered in 1995.

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“The Avengers” premiered in 2012.

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“Mulan” (the animated one) was released in 1998.

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“Encanto” came out in 2021.

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“Fantasia” was released in 1940.

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“The Lion King” was released in 1994.

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“Steamboat Willie,” the first Mickey Mouse short to be released, debuted in 1928.

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The “Silly Symphonies” series began the next year, 1929.

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“Peter Pan” was released in 1953.

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“The Little Mermaid” swam into theaters in 1989.

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The “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” banner says “1939.” It actually premiered in 1937 and hit theaters in 1938.

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“Moana” hit theaters in 2016.

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“Pinocchio” had its premiere and was released in theaters in 1940.

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“Frozen” was released in 2013.

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The “Pirates of the Caribbean” film has its own banner (hence why the first says “attraction). It was released in 2003.

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“Cars” was released in 2006.

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“Finding Nemo” was released in 2003.

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“Aladdin” was released in 1992.

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“Beauty and the Beast” was released in 1991.

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“The Mickey Mouse Club,” listed here without the “The,” did premiere in 1955.

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And “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” was released in 1954.

Departments & Parks

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WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering) is here listed as being founded in 1953. It was actually founded in late 1952.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios was originally Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio when it was founded 100 years ago in 1923. It’s here listed as “Disney Bros Studios.”

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It was renamed “Walt Disney Studio” (listed here with an extra “s” at the end) in 1926.

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The Disneyland Paris banner has the correct opening year of 1992. Of course, it was known as Euro Disney at the time, but we don’t fault Disney for listing the new name.

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Next up is a banner for Magic Kingdom, which also lists “Walt DisneyWorld.” Yep, without a space. But it has the correct opening year of 1971.

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Shanghai Disneyland opened in 2016.

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The next banner names Disney Cruise Line with the year 1995. This one is a little confusing. Disney Cruise Line itself was actually founded in 1995, but a Disney Cruise Line ship didn’t launch that year. The Disney Magic was laid down in 1996, launched in 1997, then completed, christened, and set on its maiden voyage in 1998. Disney Cruise Line is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, which puts the origin date in 1998 not 1995.

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Tokyo Disneyland did in fact open in 1983.

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Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005.

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EPCOT opened in 1982 (and celebrated its 40th anniversary last year).

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Disneyland opened in 1955.

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The Disneyland Hotel opened a few months after the resort, also in 1955.

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An Adventures by Disney banner is behind a Cast Members only barrier, but it looks correct with the debut year of 2005.

Attractions & Lands

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Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opened in 1963.

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Finally, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.

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