UPDATE: Disney Claims Stitch’s Great Escape Will Return at the Magic Kingdom

Despite internal documents stating otherwise, Disney World has apparently decided not to permanently close Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom just yet. Rumors indicate a much needed refurbishment of the Tomorrowland Speedway later this year will facilitate the final reopening of the Tomorrowland theater-in-the-round attraction, changing the attraction closure plans we originally reported.

We of course reported that Stitch’s Great Escape was closing forever based on the leaked documents, but between the leak and Disney’s expected announcement, plans were changed. This kind of thing does happen when you announce events or projects based on leaked information, bringing to mind the changed plans for the TRON Lightcycle Power Run coaster, originally slated to replace the Tomorrowland Speedway. Regardless, we here at WDWNT.com strive to bring you information first and will continue to report leaks from viable sources as we see fit.

Regardless, Disney provided zero information to their cast members about the attraction, which prompted those working at Stitch’s Great Escape to announce to guests that January 6th, 2018 was the final day ever for the show.

Stitch’s Great Escape is currently closed with no announced return date, but the Alien Encounter Character Greeting with Stitch should be available to guests again soon. Whether or not the attraction will reopen and Disney will keep to their word, only time will tell.

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The Alien from Alien Encounter
The Alien from Alien Encounter
3 years ago

Oh just kill it already. This is just becoming grotesque.

Matt Stevens
Matt Stevens
3 years ago

This is why you wait to post news until it’s 100% confirmed

Nsighter1
Nsighter1
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt Stevens

Ol’ Clickbait Corless strikes again.

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Tron was NEVER EVER going to replace the Speedway! Take that lie out of this article, Tommy C.! ????

Stephen
Stephen
3 years ago

Not sure how the TRON ride was “originally slated to replace the Tomorrowland Speedway.” The concept drawings that have been shared by Disney since day 1 include the Speedway in them.

J DAD
J DAD
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

MR CORLESS JUST KEEP DOING THE JOB YOU ARE DOING. WHICH IS BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. PERVIDING EXCELLENT INFORMATION ON ALL THINGS DISNEY. THANK YOU.

Chris
Chris
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephen

When the rumor first hit about tron going into magic it was to replace speedway. Twitter and all other media places flipped out.

Mike S.
Mike S.
3 years ago

On Sept 30, 2017 you announced Stitch was closing for ever.

So, after each seasonal opening and closing, can we expect the same announcements that it will never open again?

That was easy
That was easy
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Well he got the date wrong, but here you go:

http://wdwnt.com/blog/2017/12/breaking-stitchs-great-escape-will-close-forever-next-month/

Any further comments?

Not actually.
Not actually.
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

No, he didn’t.

He asked, sarcastically, if this means that you will report it’s permanent closure every time it closes seasonally.

Abby Maloney
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

I never even went on it and you people are complaining

Mike S.
Mike S.
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

“Apprently Stitch’s Great Escape at the Magic Kingdom is no more, replaced with the yet-to-open Stitch’s Alien Encounter Character Greeting in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom.”

http://wdwnt.com/blog/2017/09/breaking-stitchs-great-escape-magic-kingdom-now-alien-encounter-character-greeting/

Paul Tully
Paul Tully
3 years ago

Just my input: the following statement is not accurate.

“Disney provided zero information to their cast members about the attraction, which prompted those working at Stitch’s Great Escape to announce to guests that January 6th, 2018 was the final day ever for the show.”

Although it is true Disney provided zero information to cast members; this is not what prompted them to say it’s closing forever. They don’t know; however, they’ve heard the same rumor released to the public as previously posted. They don’t know the source. Again, to their knowledge, there was never an official word from Disney.

Ha.
Ha.
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

On my last trip a bus driver told me they were going to start allowing guests to pay to stay in the parks overnight. I used a bit of common sense and realized that maybe the hourly worker didn’t really have the inside scoop and moved on with my day. I guess I should have treated it as gospel.

snooze
snooze
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

You’re referring to standard safety and operating procedures which is backed by official documentation.

This has nothing to do with spreading a rumor.

dusty
dusty
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

indeed sir indeed

MurphyTheDragon
MurphyTheDragon
3 years ago

Or maybe instead of reporting every single leak, have some actual journalistic integrity and wait until there’s an official announcement.
¯\_(ツ)_/ ¯

Nick
Nick
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Everyone is a critic, you can’t win so don’t let it throw you. Let’s face it, if you didn’t report the rumors (strong, confirmed, or otherwise) you’d get slapped for not doing your job very well. When you report on stuff that Disney actually announces or publishes which then changes or proves to be inaccurate you get slapped for not doing your job very well.

Also, as far as the premise of waiting for an “official announcement”, well then any/every one of the bog sites would be pretty much shut down.

dusty
dusty
3 years ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

mr corless you are the walter cronkite of Disney reporting . let them eat cake….

Courtney
Courtney
3 years ago

Thanks for the update, Tom. Some people are just salty that you aren’t utilizing Cormac the Magnificent as a source ;)

Derrick
Derrick
3 years ago

Thanks for your hard work Tom! I appreciate your posts on everything from confirmed news to potential changes. I would rather know all the possibilities that might come to the Disney Parks even if it can change later. It won’t hurt my feelings if Disney decides to change their mind or a source was incorrect. Keep up the good work!

The Sasquatch
The Sasquatch
3 years ago

If everyone calls it a “rumor” its just that…subject to change! You people are wacko. I applaud you for staying cutting edge and reporting things as you hear them. Some rumors will end up being false, thats life.
With that said, am i the only one excited about a speedway refurb!!!!! Woo Hoo

MICKEYS BROTHER
MICKEYS BROTHER
3 years ago

Keep up the good work Tom. Your site is the first Disney news site I check everyday. It is the best out there.

Abby malony
3 years ago

I have even never been on stich’s Great escape and. You all are complaining