RUMOR: Wreck-It Ralph VR Attraction to Replace Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom

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According to the latest Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Stitch’s Great Escape will be removed in favor of a VR racing game Wreck-It Ralph attraction based on “Sugar Rush”:

Is a Wreck-It Ralph Sugar Rush ride set to replace Stitch's Great Escape?
Is a Wreck-It Ralph Sugar Rush ride set to replace Stitch’s Great Escape?

If the rumor is to be believed, the two theaters inside Stitch’s Great Escape would be gutted (they have been basically the same in layout since 1971’s Flight to the Moon with minor modifications over the years) to make room for a number of simulator based racing carts which guests could board wearing virtual reality headsets that would transport them into the video game world of Wreck-It Ralph. Guests may even get to design their cars in the pre-show area, similar to Test Track presented by Chevrolet.

If it comes to pass, guests will be racing virtually with Ralph and Vanellope in the Magic Kingdom
If it comes to pass, guests will be racing virtually with Ralph and Vanellope in the Magic Kingdom

The investment would make sense with a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph on the way in 2018 and the box office for the original film was quite strong worldwide. Also, Stitch’s Great Escape has been one of the least popular attractions in Disney history, often testing negatively with guests who experience it.

The Stitch theater has been pretty much the same since Alien Encounter opened in 1995
The Stitch theater has been pretty much the same since Alien Encounter opened in 1995

The project would be part of a larger overhaul of Tomorrowland expected over the next few years leading into the 50th anniversary celebration for the Magic Kingdom park (which would be in 2021 for those not willing to do math), which could include an E-Ticket attraction the likes of the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland next door to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress or Space Mountain. Tomorrowland has recently undergone a number of cosmetic upgrades including the repainting of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress and the currently ongoing entrance area rock-work, all of which could be just the first phase of this overhaul.

Disney of course has said nothing about this project as of yet, so we will have to wait and see if we will be getting a virtual Sugar Rush at the Magic Kingdom, or if we will just have to settle for a Plaza Ice Cream sundae…

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • Please be true, Stitch’s Great Escape is a horribly designed ride, inflicting more shoulder pain than entertainment (unless you’re a masochist :) ) I don’t love Wreck It Ralph, but a empty building would be better than the current Great Escape

  • Listen I want to make a it were it’s not so scary for kids now I understand what their talking about. when my mom, dad, sister and I went we went to see if it was opened but still it wasn’t :-( so I am mad about that and I kept crying when it wasn’t open when my mom said sorry, sweetie it’s closed I burst into tears.I don’t want to cause a fight here or anything but, I I have to say is make it better that’s all I ask please don’t brake my heart sincerely, Madison.