We told you last year that Walt Disney Imagineering was once again developing a Wreck-It Ralph-based attraction to replace the “seasonal” (I think we can now all agree that it’s gone and that we were right… I would hope) Stitch’s Great Escape in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Well, now we have some details on how such an attraction might work…
According to sources, the new Wreck-It Ralph attraction would reuse the existing theaters-in-the-round from Great Escape (which were also used for Alien Encounter, Mission to Mars, and Flight to the Moon), but would attach video game-style controllers to every guest seat. With these controllers, guests would somehow be able to play an interactive role in the show. Given that Ralph and his friends are, for the most part, video game characters, this does make some sense. How this would all work exactly is unknown, but in the age of attractions like Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, it doesn’t seem outrageous to have these more interactive, mostly screen-based offerings popping up.
If all goes according to plan, the Wreck-It Ralph attraction in Tomorrowland will be coming our way in 2022, directly following the opening of the TRON Lightcycle roller coaster in 2021. These additions combined with the ongoing cosmetic changes in Tomorrowland should provide the base for a “new” version of the area for the Magic Kingdom. Sure, it’s not the all-at-once grand reveal that was the 1990’s overhaul, but I think the days of opening a land all at once are over given what happened with projects like Pixar Pier, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, or even Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, which is now adding a restaurant shortly after its grand opening.
There are other attraction plans to share for Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom beyond this proposed 2022 addition, but we’ll have to save those for “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”.