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 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 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!