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 Review of Stitchs Great Escape @ Magic Kingdom
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 2/17/2009 9:52:00 AM
Alien Encounter was always highly regarded for its intense level of thrill, especially considering it was at a Disney Park. Unfortunately though, that was ultimately what led to the ride’s untimely demise leading to the ride’s cult following begging for Disney to rethink their decision. One year later, Disney acted and opened a newer, more family-friendly attraction in its place in Stitch. But was it a worthy replacement?

Now let me start off by saying that I unfortunately never got to experience the original Alien Encounter since I was too young in my previous visits to Disney, so my review will not be based off whether or not they ruined the original ride or not. Well, despite how the attraction has fastpasses, they definitely aren’t necessary as this was a walk-on every time I went by it during my visit.

Stitch begins with a simple, yet well-executed pre-show where riders are recruited as guards for their prisoner teleportation center. However, our training is quickly interrupted as a daunting Level 3 prisoner is getting teleported in. From there, I proceeded to my seat and a very uncomfortable over-the-shoulder restraint was lowered over my shoulders.

Simply put, Stitch was pretty much a disaster. After the dreaded Level 3 is teleported in (Stitch), he quickly proceeds to escape and wreck havoc in the theater. One thing I can’t knock though is the beautiful, technologically-advanced Stitch animatronic which looks as realistic as an alien could, and his range of movement is incredible. However, this mayhem that Stitch causes definitely isn’t at the caliber of a Level 3 criminal, well, I guess it is if you’re talking about a Level 3 sex offender. Amidst in total darkness, Stitch bounces on our restraints, hurting my shoulders, slaps my neck, and belched right in my face. Oh trust me, the effects are just as bad as they sound. Most of them really lack any coherency whatsoever to each other and the plot. I won’t ruin the ending, but the finale (the little movie) is pathetic as well.

Stitch really is an abysmal attraction. While the story certainly is sufficient enough, the events that unfold after Stitch’s escape are poorly thought out since they lack any coherency or reason for their existence. Honestly though, I bet the original attraction was better since it was very popular among adults due to its sophisticated tone. Currently, Stitch is too childish for adults to truly enjoy, and also kids won’t probably enjoy it much because of the element of total darkness and the ride’s tone. There definitely is potential in this attraction if Disney reworked it, but as of now it is a very poor attraction that I don’t really recommend you waste your time on.

Review Comments

mrceagle on 2/17/2009 8:56:11 PM said:
The original attraction was so good. I was so annoyed when I heard they removed it.
mrceagle on 2/17/2009 8:56:37 PM said:
The original attraction was so good. I was so annoyed when I heard they removed it. especially for Stitch which I have never really liked.
Canobie Coaster on 2/17/2009 9:21:23 PM said:
^ I myself am not the biggest Stitch fan as well.

Also, while I never rode it myself, my father and cousins who rode in back in 2000 absolutely loved it.
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