Prior to the park’s closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the queue for Stitch’s Great Escape had been acting as “Stitch’s Alien Encounter” where guests could meet Stitch. Due to social distancing guidelines, meet-and-greets have been closed since the parks reopened in July.
Next door, the Merchant of Venus gift shop has also been closed since the park’s reopening. It had been sitting untouched with merchandise still visible inside, but now a black cover has been put up behind its glass doors.
From inside Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, the store is still visible behind black walls. This could indicate an upcoming re-theming of the store, which still has two Stitch murals behind the registers. Merchant of Venus and the neighboring Star Traders (which was refurbished last year and is currently open) both act as exits for the attached attraction.