Stitch’s Great Escape Shifts to Seasonal Operation
More changes are coming to Walt Disney World this fall. Beginning Oct. 2, Stitch’s Great Escape, located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, will only operate seasonally. The attraction will reopen during the busy holiday season for two different periods: Nov. 19–26 and Dec. 17–Jan. 2.
Stitch’s Great Escape, which opened in 2004, is considered a prequel to the 2002 Disney film, Lilo and Stitch, and tells the story of—you guessed it—Stitch’s escape from alien prison. The attraction replaced the much more frightening, but still popular, ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, which opened in 1995. Alien Encounter was considered too scary for small children, and seemed a bit out of place at the cheery, kid-friendly Magic Kingdom. Despite this, Alien Encounter did have its fans. They feel Stitch’s Great Escape is a dull, watered-down version of the former adrenaline-pumping, fear instilling Alien Encounter. In fact, Stitch’s Great Escape hasn’t received much praise from anyone. It is one of the lowest rated attractions at Walt Disney World, and receives little traffic. It comes as no surprise that the ride’s operation is being limited.
Rumor has it that Stitch’s Great Escape will be closed permanently after the holidays and replaced with a new Wreck-It Ralph attraction. While nothing has been officially confirmed, multiple sources are saying the new attraction will be a virtual reality based ride. According to WDW News Today, the two theaters that currently house Stitch’s Great Escape will be gutted and filled with “simulator-based racing carts which guests will board wearing virtual reality headsets that would transport them into the video game world of Wreck-It Ralph.” Guests may even get the chance to design their own race cart in a pre-show area, similar to the one in Test Track.
In addition to the changes coming to Stitch’s Great Escape, Tomorrowland seems to be getting a bit of a facelift. The rock’s outside the entrance to the land were repainted in shades of metallic purples and blues, giving them a much more futuristic look. The Carousel of Progress also got a new paint job. You can check out the new look here. Who knows what other changes will be coming to Tomorrowland.