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 20: The Legend of Big Thunder Mountain

The Badlands of Big Thunder Mountain.

The Badlands of Big Thunder Mountain.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is an icon in Disney’s magical mountain range, with passengers careening through the “Wildest Ride in the Wilderness” for more than 30 years. On this episode, we’ll talk about Disney’s great ghost train, including its history, its variations, and where we think the ride stands in the Disney World pantheon. Hop aboard, and hold on to your hats and glasses!

Episode 14: “What’s Your Number Magic Kingdom?” Part 3

Stitch Selfie: "Stitch's Great Escape? I'm just trying to escape from this lousy show!"

Stitch Selfie: “‘Stitch’s Great Escape?’ I’m just trying to escape from this lousy show!

Shows, shows, shows. What’s better than a Magic Kingdom show? How about a soft-opening, 24-hours-of-Disney style ride on a certain highly anticipated coaster featuring seven vertically challenged miners? This episode wraps up the Magic Kingdom’s “What’s Your Number” series, in which we rate the attractions on a scale from 1, being the worst, to 10, being the best. We also discuss ways that each attraction can improve, and what it would be rated after the improvement. In our last “What’s Your Number” episode, we rated the rides in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland and Adventureland. In this episode, we look at the shows throughout the Magic Kingdom, with a special bonus ride: the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Did the Dwarfs mine enough to make a place on our must-sees? Did the Country Bears maul Stitch and his Great Escape? Listen to find out!

What would you rate the Mine? Which do you think gets the highest score? Send us an email at mousemountaineers@gmail.com. Let us know in the comments box below, or contact us on twitter @mousemtn.



Episode 13: Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour Magic Kingdom Party Tips

cinderella castle at night

Ready for a 24-hour party at the Magic Kingdom?

Are you ready to rock your Disney side with 75,000 or so of your best friends for 24 hours straight on May 23? We are, and we’re giving a little preview and a few tips on the Magic Kingdom’s 24-hour bash. Learn what you can expect, as well as ways to make the most of the event.

Episode 11: “What’s Your Number Magic Kingdom?” Part 2


What does Ursula think of how we rated Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid?

On this episode of Mouse Mountaineers, we continue our “What’s Your Number” series, where we rate the WDW attractions on a scale of 1-10, then talk about how the Mouse House could make them better and what their ratings would be if they received our fantasy improvements. In Episode 7, we discussed the rides in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square. This time we’re tackling Magic Kingdom ride ratings for Adventureland and Fantasyland. What are the Fantasyland rides that terrified us as kids? Listen and find out!

How would you rate Pirates of the Caribbean? Which is better, Peter Pan’s Flight or It’s a Small World? Let us know what you think in the comments below, email us at mousemountaineers at gmail.com, or connect with us on Twitter @mousemtn.


Mouse Mountaineers Episode 7: “What’s Your Number, Magic Kingdom?” Part 1

On this episode of Mouse Mountaineers, we continue the series we started in Episode 4, called “What’s Your Number?” where we rate attractions on a scale of 1-10. Then we give our opinions on how they could improve, and, since, realistically it’s impossible for every (or any) attraction to be a 10, we give our idea of each attraction’s numerical ceiling.

In episode 4, we took on Disney’s Hollywood Studios in one fell swoop. In this episode, we turn our attention to the Magic Kingdom. But, because there are so many attractions there, we break the park up a little bit and discuss only the rides in Tomorrowland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square.  We’ll save the rides in Adventureland and Fantasyland, and the park’s shows, for future episodes.

How about you? What’s your number for MK’s three mountains? How high is the ceiling for Tomorrowland Speedway?  Let us know by emailing us at mousemountaineers at gmail.com, or find us on Twitter @mousemtn. Thanks for listening!

Episode 2: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Post-Mortem

This episode is about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, including the treats we thought were good, our trick-or-treating experience, what we liked and disliked about the whole experience, and what we learned to help you out next year.