Walt Disney spent three weeks on location in Zermatt, Switzerland while the movie “Third Man on the Mountain” was filmed. Actor James MacArthur, who starred in the film as Rudi Matt, recalled that Walt “was very enamored of the scenery. He had the Tyrolean hat and a walking stick. The Matterhorn ride at Disneyland did come right from Third Man on the Mountain, of course.”
The Matterhorn Bobsleds would debut on June 14, 1959, five months before the film’s November 10, 1959 premiere.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".