Episode 30 – Ride Building and Queue Olympics

Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea

The “Hightower Hotel,” DisneySea’s version of the Tower of Terror. However, this one has a unique story and background. By Mike Liao (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In theme parks, ride buildings play some of the most essential roles in getting you to ride the ride and making you feel like you’re actually on, say, Mount Everest or a hotel that has been abandoned for years. This also applies to ride queues and preshows. And, since the Summer Olympics are this year in Brazil, we thought we would have an Olympic-themed podcast where we give our favorite ride building and queue pairings at each park, plus a few honorable mentions at other parks.

Did you agree with some of our picks? Did you think that Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia deserves a mention? 😉 Email us at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or connect with us on Twitter @mousemtn.

Episode 28: New to Florida’s Theme Parks in 2016

King Kong wonders if his new home at UNiversal will look as good as his old one. He also wonders why it took us 4 months to push out this episode. Photo courtesy of Mats Haugen, Flickr, and Creative Commons.

King Kong wonders if his new home at Universal will look as good as his old one. He also wonders why it took us 4 months to push out this episode.
Photo courtesy of Mats Haugen, Flickr, and Creative Commons.

We know this episode, about what 2016 holds for Disney World, Universal Orlando, and the like, is a little late… er, well, three months late. We recorded it on time for the new year,  but tech, health, and school stuff combined to delay the post-recording and publication work. The good news is that the cool additions we talk about on this episode are even closer to becoming reality. Among the rides and attractions we preview:

Universal’s new King Kong ride and the reopening of the improved Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster.

Epcot’s highly anticipated debut of Frozen Ever After, the new ride featuring Anna and Elsa.

Makeovers to Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

A couple of heart-stopping coasters at Sea World and Busch Gardens.

Hurdles behind us, we’ll be back to our regular recording schedule. Until then, check out what’s coming up at Florida’s theme parks in 2016. What are you most looking forward to? Drop us a line at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter @mousemtn.




Episode 18: What’s Your Number, Animal Kingdom?


Does Expedition Everest ride all the way to the top of our “What’s Your Number?” ratings, or does a broken Yeti smack it back down to Earth? Listen to find out.

We continue our “What’s Your Number?” series by rating the rides of Disney’s Animal Kingdom? If you haven’t listened to our “What’s Your Number?” episodes before, the rules are simple: we rate each ride or show on a scale of 1-10 as it now stands, then talk about what we think that ride’s ceiling could be, on a scale of 1-10, with our recommended improvements.

Does Expedition Everest reach the summit of our ratings? Does Kali River Rapids come out all wet? Listen to find out our thoughts on Disney’s Animal Kingdom ratings, then drop us a line and let us know what you think. You can email us at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or connect with us in the Twitterverse @mousemtn.

Episode 12: Diggin’ Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland USA


Dino Institute regal dinosaur compared to the corny cartoon ad for Dino-Rama.

What’s your least favorite land in all of Walt Disney World? If you’re like a lot of people, it’s Chester and Hester’s Dinorama in Dinoland USA at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. However, you might not know the story that helps explain all of Dinoland USA’s cheesy carnie rides and midway games. We’ll tell you a little about Dinoland USA that might make you rethink your opinion on poor ol’ Chester and Hester.

As always… tell us what you think. How do you feel about the Dinorama at Animal Kingdom? Email us at mousemountaineersatgmail.com or follow us on twitter at mousemtn. If you’d like to see some of the great details in Dinoland USA and elsewhere in Animal Kingdom, look us up on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/mousemountain.