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 15: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Rundown

The flying Rock 'n' Roller Caster limo, outside Tai's favorite ride.

The flying Rock ‘n’ Roller Caster limo, outside Tai’s favorite ride.

A big hello and a happy back-to-podcasting day to us! A move and random life stuff cropped up, causing the Mouse Mountaineers to go dark for awhile. However, we’re back and ready to roll with a slate of new shows and more improvements and surprises in the next several weeks.

Our welcome back show features Tai’s favorite ride in the World: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. We detail the ride itself (in case you haven’t taken the coaster’s express 90-second trip across L.A. yet), discuss its history, give some trivia about the ride, and argue about whether Aerosmith is old-timey music. Check it out and let us know what you think. Where does the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster rank in your Disney ride pantheon? Have you been on Paris’s RnR avec Aerosmith? By the way, Tai accuses me of talking about the Paris ride because he says I just like saying “avec Aerosmith.” He’s right.

Mouse Mountaineers Episode 5: Osborne Family Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Happy holidays! Of all the holiday decorations and finery to see at the Disney parks, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is perhaps the most audacious. With more than five million lights, sparkling toy soldiers, spinning angels, twinkling manger scenes, and even an illuminated purple cat spread out along the Streets of America at Hollywood Studios, the combination is one of the most outlandish light displays you can imagine. Learn a little more about this jaw-dropping display, including its humble origins and what you can expect to see if you go this year.

Mouse Mountaineers Episode 4: “What’s Your Number?” at Hollywood Studios

Rock n Roller Coaster

Where does Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster rank at Disney Hollywood Studios?

On today’s episode of Mouse Mountaineers, we’re beginning a series called “What’s Your Number?” where we rate park attractions on a scale of 1 -10, discuss how they can improve, and talk a little about where we think each ride’s realistic ceiling is. After all, Dumbo will never rate a 10, will it? Well, not unless Disney uses real flying elephants, but again, we’re talking realistic ceilings.

In this episode, “What’s Your Number?” turns its critical gaze to Hollywood Studios.  Does Tower of Terror rate as highly as Fantasmic?  Listen and find out.

At Hollywood Studios, we discussed and rated:

  • Tower of Terror.
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
  • Star Tours.
  • Toy Story Midway Mania.
  • The Great Movie Ride.
  • Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • and… Fantasmic! (which we… well, listen for yourselves in the podcast).