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 31 – Reign of Kong Review and Water Ride Rankings

A typical moment on IOA's Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. Where did it rank in the pantheon of Orlando water rides? Listen and see. Photo courtesy of Ricky Brigante and Creative Commons.

A typical moment on IOA’s Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. Where did it rank in the pantheon of Orlando water rides? Listen and find out!
Photo courtesy of InsidetheMagic’s Ricky Brigante and Creative Commons.

Our quick trip down to Universal Orlando last month included a soft opening ride on the new Skull Island: Reign of Kong, as well as an afternoon being soaked at IOA’s Triple Water Whammy of flume and raft rides. On this episode, we review Kong and give our thoughts about how the great ape’s new ride measures up to the classic Kongfrontation. Then, in honor of the dog days of summer ,we rank our favorite flume and raft rides throughout Universal, Disney World, and Sea World.

What’s your favorite flume ride at the parks? Drop us a line at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or hit us up on Twitter @mousemtn.

Episode 29: The Reality of Virtual Reality Roller Coasters

Dare Devil Dive, from which "The New Revolution" is virtually born! Photo courtesy of McDoobAu93 and Wikimedia Commons License.

Dare Devil Dive, from which “The New Revolution” is virtually born! Photo courtesy of McDoobAu93 and Wikimedia Commons License.

Spring is in the air, which means that the Six Flags theme parks are also opening their gates once again for the new season! We had seen on the news that Six Flags over Georgia was getting Samsung Virtual Reality goggles added to its Dare Devil Dive coaster, which meant that we had to go check it out to see how the goggles compared to the old ride. On this episode, we discuss whether the VR headsets added to the thrill of the ride, how we think VR goggles will evolve, rides we think VR would work well on, and some rumors of upcoming changes to a peculiar hotel at Disney’s California Adventure.

Give a listen and tell us your opinion on VR and the rumors of the Guardians of the Galaxy update. Do you think virtual reality is a disaster that Six Flags needs to remove? Do you think that Rod Serling should be replaced by Star Lord and his crew? Message us on Twitter @mousemtn or send us an email at mousemountaineers@gmail.com.

 

Episode 27: Universal Orlando 101

"Dragon!" Atop Grinot's bank at Universal Studios.

“Dragon!” He seems pretty angry atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank at Universal Studios.

Happy New Year!  Back in October, we visited Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for the first time. With Universal teaming with Harry Potter to create much of the Orlando-area theme park buzz lately, we wanted to see what the parks were like and what Disney World  fanatics can expect on a first-time visit. On this episode, we dive into a Universal Orlando review. Are the parks more than just Harry Potter magic?

Listen and let us know what you think. Have you been to Universal, or are you thinking about going? If so, how much will it cut out of your typical Disney stay? Connect with us on Twitter @mousemtn, or drop us a line at mousemountaineers@gmail.com.

This episode was recorded in November 2015. Real life and the holidays pushed a little episode hiatus on us the past several weeks, but we’re looking forward to going back to our regular show schedule with the new year!

Episode 26: Disney World Overrated and Underrated

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

Stitch’s Great Escape: overrated? Umm… no… it’s just bad, and everyone knows it.

Have you ever headed to Disney World, giddy with the anticipation of some new or heavily hyped ride, only to come off disappointed? On the other hand, when was the last time a little, out-of-the-way attraction really charmed you? On today’s episode we talk about the most overrated and underrated rides at WDW (with a little nod to shows as well), and give you our picks in each park.

What are your most overrated and underrated attractions at Disney World? Listen to our picks and then tell us your choices. Connect with us on Twitter @mousemtn, or drop us a line at mousemountaineers@gmail.com. And, don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes or Stitcher.

The bumper sound bites are from Stitch’s Great Escape. The opening music is “Space Fighter Loop,” by Kevin MacLeod, used courtesy of Creative Commons.

Episode 23: Six Flags Over Georgia Review

It's a bird! it's a plane! It's Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia! How does the Man of Steel's ride compare with those of the Mouse House? Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador.

It’s a bird! it’s a plane! It’s Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Over Georgia! How does the Man of Steel’s ride compare with those of the Mouse House?
Photo courtesy of Kristin Nador.

Since we moved down to the Atlanta area a little while back, we decided to go to Six Flags over Georgia, which is the ATL’s only theme/amusement park. Even though most Disney snobs frown down on the so-called “roller coaster” parks of the world like Cedar Point and Six Flags, we decided to give it a shot. This episode, we discuss the rides and experiences at Six Flags, compare the restaurants and attractions to those of theme parks like Walt Disney World and Sea World, and debate the park’s prices to those of Disney.

Would you ever want to go to Six Flags out of sheer curiosity or go to scoff at the lack of theming? Have you been to a Six Flags park before? What did you think? Send us an email at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or drop us a line on Twitter @mousemtn.

Episode 21: A-E Ticket Disney World Snack Ratings

Dole Whip

We can’t tell you where Pele would rate the Dole Whip in a Disney Snacks ticket book, but we can tell you where we’d rate it! Photo courtesy of Sam Howzit.

Remember when Disney used to give out ticket books for attractions, with the headliners rating the E tickets and the… ummm… not-so-headliners getting A tickets? Remember begging your parents for more ticket books just so you could get the coveted E tickets, then going home with a fistful of dog-eared As? If you don’t remember it first-hand, you’ve probably heard enough about it. On this episode, we’ve decided to bring back Disney’s old ticket system, only we’re applying it to Disney snacks and treats. If Disney handed out ticket books for its treats, what would an E ticket net you? What would you be looking to burn your A and B tickets on at the end of the trip?

Listen to our ticket ratings, then drop us your own ideas at mousemountaineers@gmail.com, or hit us up @mousemtn on Twitter!

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 17: Out With the Old, In With the New

The trolls bid "Farvel" to Maelstrom in 2014.

Trolls everywhere bid “Farvel” to Maelstrom in 2014.

Happy New Year! The calendar’s change gives us a chance to look back at some of our favorite (“Hooray Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!”) and not-so-favorite (“Boo to Fastpass Plus! R.I.P. Maelstrom!”) changes at Disney World in 2014. We also look ahead to Disney in 2015, which seems more like table-setting for all of the big additions in ’16. Join us. and let us know what you thought about the year now gone and the year to come!

Email us at mousemountaineers@gmail.com or connect with us on Twitter @mousemtn.

Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2015!

 

 

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.