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 25: It’s the End of the World (Showcase) As We Know It

The Maelstrom boats ran aground against the power of the Frozen sisters.

Norway’s Maelstrom armada ran aground against the power of the Frozen sisters.

Disney recently gave the public a peek at Epcot’s upcoming Frozen Ever After ride, slated to open in the  World Showcase’s Norway pavilion next year. The ride will replace the beloved (well, beloved to me) Maelstrom, which shuttered its doors and floated off to Helheim last fall. But does Disney’s new journey through a pseudo-Scandinavian country signal a broader change in Epcot’s World Showcase? On this episode, we give a long overdue send off to Maelstrom, complete with our favorite quotes from the ride (“Back, back, over the falls!”). Then we’ll discuss the Norway pavilion in general. Finally, we’ll give you all the news we know on Frozen Ever After, share our thoughts on the ride and what it might mean for the World Showcase’s future.

What was your favorite Maelstrom line? Is a boat trip through an imaginary country a good or bad move for the World Showcase? Do your kids battle over who gets to be Elsa? Listen to the show, then drop us a line at mousemountaineers@gmail.com, or hit us up in the Twitterlands @mousemtn.

The sound byte is from from Epcot’s Maelstrom (RIP). Opening music is “Space Fighter Loop,” by Kevin MacLeod, used courtesy of Creative Commons.

Episode 22: What’s Your Number, Epcot?

Does Mission Space make it to the stratosphere of our Epcot rankings? Listen to our What's Your Number Epcot and find out!

Does Mission Space make it to the stratosphere of our Epcot rankings? Listen to “What’s Your Number Epcot?” and find out!

We finally finish up our “What’s Your Number?” series at Epcot, where we rank the rides and shows in both the World Showcase and Future World. For those of you who haven’t listened before, the rules are fairly simple: we rate each ride and show on a scale from 1 to 10, talk about why we rated it that, and then list improvements and tell what the ride’s rating would be after the improvements.

Did Soarin’ soar to the top of our rankings? Did Test Track’s score crash into the testing barricade? Listen to find out our ratings, and then drop us a line. You can send us an email at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or send us a message on Twitter @mousemtn.

Episode 10—Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014 Review

Welcome to our 10th episode!


“Howdy! Welcome to Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival!”

Springtime is here at Disney World: admission prices are rising, college kids are filling the parks, and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2014 takes a bow. How is it “international,” you ask? Well… it’s… it’s… in the World Showcase! And maybe some of the people doing the topiaries aren’t from the U.S.? Ummm… I don’t know, I’m grasping at straws here.

Whether it’s truly “international” or not, we hit the festival a couple of  weeks ago and, in this episode, we offer a rundown of what to see and do when you go. Should you go? Definitely. This year’s festival is bigger than ever, with more than 100 topiary displays and  10 “outdoor kitchens” that offer you Food and Wine-esque culinary choices with an organic or healthy (Well, healthier) twist. Throw in the Flower Power concert series, weekend concerts from acts straight out of the Wayback Machine, and you have a festival that’s truly become a springtime tentpole for Disney.  If you’re a gardener, appreciate beautiful topiaries, or simply want to sample some good food and drink, this year’s Flower and Garden Festival is a must-see.

Now, to actually hear what you should check out, just push play below.

Have you been to Flower and Garden? Drop us a line and let us know what you think!


Episode 3: Epcot Food and Wine Wrap Up

On this episode of Mouse Mountaineers, we’re wrapping up the 2013 iteration of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival in a nice little bow and giving it a send-off. We’ll talk about our rainy day visit to Food and Wine, what we ate, drank, liked, and didn’t. We’ll also offer a few wishes for Food and Wine festivals in the future.