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

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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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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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The Alien from Alien Encounter
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The Alien from Alien Encounter

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

Matt Stevens
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Matt Stevens

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

Nsighter1
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Nsighter1

Ol’ Clickbait Corless strikes again.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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

Stephen
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Stephen

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.

Chris
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Chris

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.
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Mike S.

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?

Paul Tully
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Paul Tully

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.

MurphyTheDragon
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MurphyTheDragon

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

Courtney
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Courtney

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

Derrick
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Derrick

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
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The Sasquatch

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
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MICKEYS BROTHER

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
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Abby malony

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