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I was too little to ride Alien encounter, and when I come back, THIS crap is here?!? Don't get me wrong; I love the Lilo and Stitch movie, but you could hardly tell what was going on! All I know it that the chairs moved a lot and water drips on your head. The audio synchronization was awful. On the other hand, the animatronics were cool, and the burp machine apparently wasn't working when we went. BRING BACK ALIEN ENCOUNTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A pretty middling ride...the burp smell was God-awful. Children may be a bit frightened, but adults should be able to handle it. The animatronic is pretty advanced and some of the effects are interesting, but in the end it shows that the attraction was not designed for Stitch and Stitch was not designed for the attraction. Passable, but not excellent.
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.
Alien encounter mixed with Stitch equals horrible.
I rode Stitchs Great Mistake knowing that Stitch replaced one of the most genius attractions in Disney history. I was at least hopeing the attraction came close to being as great as Alien Encounter...
The first thing I noticed in the first preshow was that it seemed vaguely familiar. It was all animated, and it wasnt too horible, but I would have perfered to have live-action aliens telling you how their products are really their to help you and the profit they get from them is just a byproduct that they have learned to live with. I walked into the second preshow and was pleased to see that Skippy was still sitting in a XS Teleportation Tube. S.I.R. was still there too, only with a new costume and a new name. I liked the robot as S.I.R. a whole lot more than whatever its called now. Having an evil robot voiced by Tim Curry is wonderful, but now its just annoying. The new costume detracts from how realistic the movement of the animatronic is as well. Then the second Skippy teleported in, only with a new skin, mixed in with some animated sequences on screens. It didnt mix well. The robots were all too realistic, and the cartoon was too cartoony...
The main show was where everything really got bad. The show basically took the script from Alien Encounter and tweaked it a bit in the worst way. Stitch teleports in rather than the alien. He is a wonderful animatronic, but doesnt look cartoony enough to match the animated sequences shown on the screens, just like in the preshow. He escapes. Knocks out the power. Blows on you. Licks you. Same stuff as Alien Encounter, only very disjointed. I dont think it would be as bad if they came up with a completely new story here, but instead it was just a cheap redo of what was previously there with really no creativity added to change stuff.
And that is why Stitchs Great Escape is Stitchs Great Mistake...
Alien Encounter was a great show. It was scary and thrilling... Stitch on the other hand, while fun in its own little way, is nowhere near as great as the original Alien Encounter.
There is some good in this ride however, the special effects are great and the animatrionics are quite impressive. The pre show was pretty good too but the attraction as a whole does not live up to the original AE.
Is it worth waiting an hour in line for? NO. Not at all.
Will kids like it? If they are Stitch fans then defiantly although Ill give a warning that 50% of the ride takes place in the dark and it may be scary for younger kids.
Will the parents like it? If they are looking for an AE type thrill, look somewhere else. If they are looking for some light entertainment and a place to cool off for 20 minutes, this is the place to look.
I give Stitchs Great Escape a 5 out of 10.
This was a shame of a ride. Alien encounter was much better than this. Its dissapointing that Disney did this.
Pretty poor attraction that pales in comparison to Alien Encounter. Stitch looked great and the sound quality was good, but I just didnt like the show, as the plot was terrible and the effects were horrible (random light flashes and a horrid burp just to name a few).
I just came back from a week at the Walt Disney World Resort.The park was a fun as ever,however I wanted to try this ride.I have not rode this version,I remembered Alien Encounter being fun.The ride had a short wait time so I headed in.The begining was just about the same as the older Alien Encounter,well pretty much the whole ride was until the final room.At this point things went downhill fast.What was a pretty decent ride had been changed to just a bunch of nonsence.The room smelled bad,and I am not just talking about the burp stich gives, which to me resembled a bad smelling fart after eating Taco Bell.All I know was I just wanted out of there fast.This was just no fun at all for me,and I wanted to like this ride very much.It just seemed like the imaganeers took out the Ailien and replaced it with Stich and gave no thought to a good plot.Little ones may enjoy this,I dont know,just seemed Disney was not at its best with this ride,show or whatever you want to call it.After leaving the ride I went to Jungle Cruise and the magic came back.
altogether it was okay but when he burped oh god it was SO GROSS! it smelled so bad! Then we went to some italian restraunt on the disney premisis and it smelled like the burp!
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