BREAKING: Stitch’s Great Escape Will Close Forever Next Month

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Having been on a seasonal operating schedule for quite a while now, Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom will be open again December 23, 2017 through January 6th, 2018. However, it will never open again following that.

Disney is expected to make the announcement shortly, but the final day of operation for the Tomorrowland attraction will be January 6th, 2018. The closure will make way for a new, yet-to-be-announced attraction.

Stitch’s Great Escape replaced the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter in 2004, becoming one of the most poorly received attractions in the park’s history.

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Kate
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Kate

Long overdue. Excited to see what comes next and if that awesome Stitch animatronic will be put to use anywhere else!

mark
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mark

only hope they an make the space into something worthy of the original imaginative trip to the moon. Remember how it captured our imagination? Wrap the entire chamber in a wrap around LCD screen and make it the 1st hologram deck

Sarah Hamner
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Sarah Hamner

I know it’s a sub-par attraction, but I’ll be sad to see it go. It was the one ride my youngest wanted to go on during our last Disney trip but couldn’t because it went seasonal. I hope they include Stitch somewhere else in the park other than just a meet & greet.

Ariel
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Ariel

Terribly sad news, Stitch is my favorite characters and his presence in an attraction will be missed.

Olaf
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Olaf

Do you think this is the worst attraction or the redo of the Imagination Pavilion?

Cassie
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Cassie

agreed

Laura
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Laura

Thank goodness! My least favorite ride of all time. So excited for something, ANYTHING, else!

Jason
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Jason

Thank Goodness…Finally!

TimP
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TimP

Disney will soon own Aliens with the purchase of 21st Century Fox studios. Will Alien Encounter return with Sigourney Weaver and the Xenomorph?

But maybe Ralph is coming as long rumored.

Chris
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Chris

That would be awesome! I love so many of the rides at WDW but Alien Encounter was unique and scary.

Matthew Hobson
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Matthew Hobson

Considerer Universal has Fox assets in their parks, I expect a similar deal to the one with Marvel where Disney cant use Fox assets east of the Mississippi

Jason
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Jason

One difference between Marvel and Fox is Universal already has Fox IP in Hollywood so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Michael Eisner
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Michael Eisner

Yes!!!!

Jeff
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Jeff

Alien Encounter was awful as well.
Bring on Ralph.

Rachel
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Rachel

Nooooo we arrive on the 15th can’t it stay open all January

Skippy
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Skippy

What version was the worst? Mission to the moon, mars, alien or Stich. I hope they send it off right by rolling the castle as Stich is the most Universal character of the fab six

Janet
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Janet

I have read in a couple places wreck it Ralph will go there

Ryan Serowinski
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Ryan Serowinski

THANK GOD!

Nattydelite
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Nattydelite

there is a god!

WedWay
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WedWay

Chapek’s being streamlined for 2018

Ryan
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Ryan

I just hope they add another Stitch related attraction somewhere. Lilo and Stitch remains my favorite Disney movie to this day and it saddens me greatly that there doesn’t seem to be any plans for a continued attraction dedicated to the movie.

WedWay
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WedWay

So you’re the guy who likes Lilo & Stitch! You should check out Ohana at the Polynesian Village for breakfast. Those two run that joint.

Jeannette Sanchez
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Jeannette Sanchez

I would like Big Hero 6 to take over the Stitch’s Greatest escape. Because I love Big Hero 6!

JJ
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JJ

I love Stitch, but this ride is terrible.

Mike H
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Mike H

I never understood why Disney shoved Stitch in our face so much throughout the years. Yeah, I guess he’s kind of a fun and unique Disney character, but certainly not to the level that they pushed him to be. Glad they are getting rid of this for good.

Bart Starr
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Bart Starr

Your first 3 words say it all.

Scott
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Scott

Unfortunately, that little corner of Tomorrowland has been cursed from the day it opened. Mission to The Moon and Mission To Mars were very boring and disappointing. Alien Encounter was actually well done, but too scary for younger children. So it had to be kiddie-fied by gutting the story, adding a cute character, and throwing in a noxious burp joke. I really want to see this particular area succeed, but I will keep my expectations low.

Christopher
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Christopher

Alien was uncomfortable and scared little kids, Stitch was fun, the poke in back wasn’t lol. Any chance for space related perhaps bringing a Star Wars theme or is that overdone and reserved for Hollywood Studios only? It be best to keep it a true Tomorrowland fit and theme…i.e. Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, People Mover, Orbital, even the old classic Carousel of Tomorrow.