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Distriv
09-04-2003, 02:15 PM
According to http://www.wdwmagic.com Alien Encounter may be closing on October 15th in order to do make it into 'Stich Encounter'.

eeyore0062
09-04-2003, 03:45 PM
What wonderful news! I LOVE Stitch, and now there will possibly be another attraction in Tomorrowland that the whole family can enjoy together!:)

RAD
09-04-2003, 06:28 PM
I hope it's not true, I like AE.

Belle041281
09-04-2003, 07:02 PM
I hope so. I get scared every time we do AE and how scary can cute little Stitch be.

Bella the Ball 360
09-04-2003, 07:11 PM
So they wreck another one. I like AE and once they start to tamper with it... well everyone remembers what happened to Journey into Imagination, World of Motion, Horizons... Need I say more.

JeffH
09-04-2003, 07:20 PM
My DD has never seen AE and I doubt if I can talk her into being brave enough to see it before it goes...but I wonder, does it have a chicken exit so she can at least see the pre-show?

meowthew2
09-04-2003, 07:22 PM
I'm all for a Stitch conversion of AE. Anything would be better than what's there now.

d-r
09-04-2003, 08:07 PM
wow, if they could re-do AE as well as they have reimagineered world of motion and horizons we would be in for an amazing treat - I don't think they could do it as well though. The truth is, as lame as I thin AE is and as much as I would like to see it go, and as much as I'd like Stitch around, it is still a viable sort of attraction in that SOME people still go there - I wish they would just make something stitch in the circlevision theater, maybe something a cooler version than simply a circlevision movie. Then they would 1. put something in there since that isn't being opened much, and 2. have something they put in disneyland as well, because disneyland tomorrowland needs all the help it can get. If they could make something with seats in there people would really like it, it is the standing that people complain about. Anyway, I'd rather have AE plus a new stitch attraction in the circlevision, than stitch in AE and nothing in time keeper. You know?

one_cat
09-04-2003, 09:01 PM
Yes - AE has a chicken exit.

degenerationxwwfwdw1
09-04-2003, 09:41 PM
Alright! Teenagers and Young Adults get the shaft again at the MK. Maybe Splash Mountain can be converted so the drops can be taken out pretty soon. I never thought I'd like MGM and Epcot more than the Magic Kingdom but as soon as AE closes it doors for good that will be the case. So much for having attractions for every group of the family at the MK.

emmagata
09-04-2003, 11:16 PM
I've never seen the Stitch movie. Never had any desire to. So I don't think I will like it if they switch AE over to SE (Stitch Encounter).

We alway go on AE during every visit. Sometimes twice because we usually do MK twice. It's always busy or seems to be. So I suppose that means it's popular.

Next thing you know they will be wanting to change SSE.

Oy.

GeorgeG
09-05-2003, 03:57 AM
That's a surprize. Every time I was by there I saw a long line so it must be popular.

We went on the first year it opened and that was enough, though. With my wife on one side and a woman I didn't even know on the other, I came out with deep fingernail imprints on both wrists. It seemd a long-sleeve shirt would be in order if I ever went on again.

I suppose AE was an improvement over Mission to Mars, which seemed a bit lame by the 1980s and 1990s. One of the problems with Tomorrowland is trying to stay ahead of technology. Anything new will be outdated in a year or two.

crusader
09-05-2003, 06:32 AM
Too bad they couldn't postpone this until Nov. I was hoping to enjoy the "encounter" with a few unsuspecting family members this trip.

Stitch will really diminish the effect.

ohanafamily
09-05-2003, 08:30 AM
To me, once you ride AE, the surprise is gone. I would hope that a new SE will be Great.

As far as not seeing Lilo and Stitch, it is your loss. The animation may not be on par with Treasure Planet, but it has some really good family messages.

I recommend renting it, you won't need a theater screen to appreciate it, but both times DW and I saw it in the theater she cried...

JMHO...


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epcotfan
09-06-2003, 03:23 AM
Great :rolleyes: Another unique, non-movie related ride ruined. I love this attraction and detest Stitch. The only way I'll enjoy an update is if they fry Stitch instead of Skippy.

ohanafamily
09-06-2003, 08:04 AM
epcotfan,

Maybe you should start a thread...

What do you think it would taste like...

Fried Stitch, maybe Chicken perhaps; maybe even that elusive missing Chicken Finger? ;)



Clap, Clap!

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degenerationxwwfwdw1
09-06-2003, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by ohanafamily
epcotfan,

Maybe you should start a thread...

What do you think it would taste like...

Fried Stitch, maybe Chicken perhaps; maybe even that elusive missing Chicken Finger? ;)



Clap, Clap!

:bounce:

Oh yeah! Fried Stitch that's what I want to hear. You replace my favorite attraction and you better get burned!!! :D

treesinger
09-06-2003, 08:50 AM
I'm a big AE fan! Yes, the surprise is gone after the first time, but I REALLY enjoy bringing "virgin" guests or just listening to the chaos of all of the other guests in the ride. Maybe that makes me kinda wierd. Anyway, I've been this past December, March, and June and the line for AE was almost always between 20-45 minutes. Still popular? You bet!

I'll vote that Stitch will turn into the missing chicken finger. If that's what it takes to get it back on the menu, I might elect to change AE to SE.

BriarRose59
09-06-2003, 08:53 AM
AE is not one of my favorite attractions at WDW. That said, I hope it does not leave. There are few enough attractions for pre-teens/teens at WDW. If you take away AE, you are going to lose part of that crowd and its money. If Disney isn't careful it will lose out to USF/IOA with the teen crowd because they offer more thrill rides.

ChrisFL
09-06-2003, 09:43 AM
I like AE, sure it's not incredible by any means, but it's kind of like a showcase of what can be done solely with effects, and nearly no visuals.

It is difficult for me to figure out what Stitch is going to make this attraction become, obviously it won't be a scary attraction, so it will be interesting to see what theyre going to do with it.

But, I really do not know why they're doing this. They should put Stitch in the 360 theater, which I also hate that they shut down, I loved that previous attraction.

cam-89
09-06-2003, 02:07 PM
Stitch = Flavor of the Week

Planogirl
09-06-2003, 06:32 PM
I wish that Disney would do something with The Timekeeper too rather than taking out an attraction that still pulls in people. I'm confident that The Timekeeper won't be back since they've taken down the sign but why leave the building empty?

TiNkErBeLl51
09-06-2003, 07:06 PM
I like Lilo& Stitch the movie..dont get me wrong, but i love AE. Its one of my favorite attractions. Maybe i wouldnt mind as much if they moved AE to Disneyland or California Adventures. to me its a classic

ohanafamily
09-06-2003, 09:44 PM
My memory is a little rusty because this conversation took place on the day after groundhog day, but I had quite a lengthy discussion about life with one of the imagineers involved with the retrofit of AE (yes it was early February and on the DVC Members Cruise). He had to be a little cryptic for obvious reasons. Also, the project was just beginning and they were about to start the design phase so none of this may be true now (IOW, this was true a while ago but with the way Disney has been changing lately I have no Idea how much is still relevant)

-> The ride was going to be overhauled but left mostly intact.
-> Most of the main characters would stay, but they were going to find a way to insinuate a strong Stitch Presence.
-> They were not going to gut the entire ride and start from scratch

A few ideas I have,
-> The Director will change and probably be redone by another actor; Something about some photos Jeffry Jones took...
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=292325
-> It will have a tie in to the new cartoon series coming out next year
-> SIR is one of the most advanced animatronics that they make, so he will probably stay.
-> The re-written script will have Stitch cause the malfunction.
-> It will not be nearly as scary
-> It will be something that kids will be able to ride again and again.
-> I would like to see them have some sort of ride element rather than a seated 3D movie element; I like the way that rides flow better than the movies, but that would involve gutting and pasting, so it will probably remain similar in format.
-> They have some of their best imagineers working on this, so whatever it turns into will be fantastic!
-> If memory serves me, AE was originally going to be a showcase for some new Audio/Video system that blew everything else away, but a lot of it got cut because of $$$ (I.E. it got Ei$nered) I don't remember where I read it, but I will look for the link...

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DisneyJules
09-07-2003, 06:28 PM
Lilo and stitch was good until the last 45 mintues seemed to morph into a half hour kids television show before my very eyes. I really don't like the stitch idea and I think it would cheapen the ride, which in my opinion is prefectly fine the way it is.

minijeanie
09-07-2003, 08:12 PM
Our family goes there every year. granted, I did not take my 2 kids with us until I felt they were ready.

But, oh yes every year stupid parents bring in 4-5 yr olds and those children are terrorized. Even though there are sufficient warnings out front letting you know what to expect.

I certaintly hope this closing isn't due in fact to parents complaining about their children being too scared. Disney does a good enough job preparing you ahead of time what you will encounter.

ohanafamily
09-07-2003, 09:03 PM
minijeanie, Stitch is very popular now, and they are not closing AE, they are adding a Stitch presence. FWIW...

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Planogirl
09-07-2003, 10:44 PM
The fun part of AE to me is the scariness of it caused by mostly non-visual sensory stimuli. I can't imagine Stitch somehow being in the dark while the alien threatens people so it seems like the show has to change quite a bit.

But I could be wrong. :)