Unseen Photos Of The Matterhorn Basketball Court

This fun fact about the Matterhorn basketball court was one of the original, and most shared, fun facts that I heard which sparked my interest in Disneyland history.

Matterhorn where the basketball court

There is a half basketball court that is located in the top of the mountain. Rumor has it that the reason they built a basketball court in the top of the mountain was that, back in the 1950s, the building codes prohibited any structure from being that tall unless it was a sports structure. The court is located about two-thirds of the way up. It was built as a break room for Cast Members and for the mountain climbers to get ready for climbs. It was also used for Tinker Bell to prepare for her flight during the fireworks. They also added a ping-pong table.

These are the photos of the Matterhorn Basketball court that get shared around all the time.

The Matterhorn Basketball court

Here is a never before seen photo of the basketball “court” with Tinker Bell before her flight. This is Gina Rock, the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history. She flew from 1983-2005. She liked shooting hoops with her team or playing ping-pong before she was tossed off the mountain.

In the top left of the photo, you can see the signatures of the Matterhorn Mountain climbers.

Matterhorn basketball court

Tinker Bell playing basketball

Here is a cutaway of the Matterhorn to show you the location of the basketball hoop.

The Matterhorn Basketball Court

Imagineer Tony Baxter was interviewed about the hoop being up there and about its history.

If you would like to get an autographed Tinker Bell photo of Gina or an autographed Tinker Bell collector’s pin, Gina donates all the money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, just visit her website www.FlyingTinkerBell.org

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About the Author

Joshua Shaffer
I am a two time published author of Disneyland history and fun fact books. My second edition has over 3,700 fun facts in it about Disneyland and Disney movies. In my spare time, I work on my next book. I also design Disney Fantasy Pins. For a brief time, I was a co-host on the Magic Behind The Ears podcast. I am also the Public Relations Manager for Gina Rock, the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history. She flew across the skies for the nightly fireworks from 1983-2005. I had a booth at D23 in 2017 where I premiered my books 2nd edition. It was nicknamed "The Disney Bible" because it is 700 pages long. I basically stood from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm every day for 3 days straight just talking about Disney stuff. I love all things Disney. If you have any questions about Disneyland or Disney Movies feel free to contact me and I will try to answer all your questions. If you haven’t already picked up a copy of my book, you need to do so. www.DisneyGuy.org [email protected]

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