Episode 33-Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights Primer & Review

Watch for the chainsaw-wielding zombie cheerleaders at Halloween Horror Nights!

Watch for the chainsaw-wielding zombie cheerleaders at Halloween Horror Nights!

Halloween is here, which means tricks, treats… and horror. With bloodcurdling screams on our minds, Tai and I hit Universal Orlando for our first trip to the park’s famous Halloween Horror Nights event. On this episode, we talk about tips for first-time HHN visitors, as well as what age we think is appropriate for the parks and various haunted mazes/ houses. We’ll also review the mazes and various scare zones in the park.

We liked HHN so much, we’re looking at it as an annual tradition. Have you been to HHN? What was your favorite house/maze? Drop us a line at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter @mousemountaineers.

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 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 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 18: What’s Your Number, Animal Kingdom?

Expedition-Everest-Rating

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

Ursula-painting-under-the-sea

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!