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Old 11-06-2004, 10:46 PM   #1
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Stitch....

Just my opinion, but what a waste. I am normally somewhat of a Disney apologist, but this one just doesn't cut the mustard.

It is basically STILL the same platform from the '70s Mission to the Moon attraction, but with a different theme.

It is my opinion that this area needs to be gutted, leveled, and totally re-built from the ground up.

That 'circular' room just has never yielded a prime attraction, yet the real estate it sits on is prime...

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Old 11-07-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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MG, did you like AE? I never saw it, stayed with the kids while DH did. My kids love Stitch and look forward to seeing the new attraction, but I can understand people's dissappointment with this "recycled" show.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:06 AM   #3
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Have to agree. We checked it out today and while it was slightly cute, it was for the most part a big waste of time. I would put this attraction in the visit once every 3 years and then only if the wait is 15 minutes or less category.
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:14 AM   #4
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I'm a fan of AE and was sorry to see it leave. It was my understanding that the theme for Stitch was to be predominantly similar with less intensity. Well, having just previewed it, I'd say that's about right. The animatronics are fantastic. My son loved the show and so did a whole slew of young spectators.

However, the seats are way too uncomfortable to handle. They were so bad they were a distraction. This was the first time I ever sat in the front row so I don't know if that makes a difference or not.
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:55 AM   #5
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The animatronics are fantastic.
Really? We thought some of the pre-show animitronics were decent, but once in the show, found the Stitch character to be just average.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:42 PM   #6
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We thought some of the pre-show animitronics were decent, but once in the show, found the Stitch character to be just average.
Really. Compared to what?

Not sure if this link is permitted but this is one of the best I've found so far: Just looking at the few shots taken you can see the level of ingeniuity involved.

http://www.wdwmagic.com/stitchencounter.htm

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The Stitch animatronic will be 39" tall with 40 separate functions, and 350 individual components. It is said to be one of Imagineering's most complex and realistic animatronics ever produced.

Other characters from the movie will be included: Galactic Federation's Grand Councilwoman, Captain Gantu and Agent Pleakley, all voiced by the original movie actors.

New effects added to the theatre include smells.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:53 PM   #7
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Really. Compared to what?
It was average compared to most other animatronics I've seen at Disney. It may very well have 40 separate functions and 350 components, but it didn't show from where I was sitting. It's arms, ears, eyes and mouth move and it spins and moves around in it's one little tiny area and it spits a stream of water a few times, but none of that really had any 'Wow factor' to it.

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Just looking at the few shots taken you can see the level of ingeniuity involved.
Ok...I looked. Which of those photos is illustrative of the ingenuity involved in this attraction?
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:07 PM   #8
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the fourth photo. (second row - right)

Pretty darned realistic. I think the creator did an excellent job on this creation. I don't know what expectation you had regarding this attraction. I was looking for a big animatronic Stitch in place of the alien. Maybe you needed more than that.
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Old 11-09-2004, 04:10 PM   #9
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Pretty darned realistic. I think the creator did an excellent job on this creation.
Realistic? Compared to what? A real Stitch or a real alien? LOL

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I was looking for a big animatronic Stitch in place of the alien. Maybe you needed more than that.
I wasn't looking for more than that. It was a somewhat enjoyable attraction, but a 'big animatronic Stitch' is really nothing to write home about, nor is it more than a 'C-ticket' attraction at best and not worth more than a 15 minute wait...especially once you've already seen it. Just my opinion though...there are some who like everything Disney does no matter what and other who will find fault with everything they do. I'm somewhere in the middle...guess we'll have to wait for other 'reviews' to come in.
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Old 11-10-2004, 09:43 AM   #10
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Heck -

I'm not lining up for another Stitch encounter myself either - but it has to do with my preference, not the quality of this attraction. I was a fan of AE because of the scare factor. It was pretty entertaining to my warped tastes.

This revision still has some of that but it's now this big cute plush animated feature Stitch character as the alien which pretty much takes all the flare out of it for this thrill seeker. But I accept that this attraction is geared for the rated "G" audience which really doesn't appeal so much to my veteran family. (with the exception of my son) and it's good to have that in Tomorrowland.

But honestly, we don't line up for several attractions at the magic kingdom anymore.
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Old 11-10-2004, 02:49 PM   #11
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My wife and I went on the Stitch attraction this past weekend. We have DVC and AP so we got to preview it. There were many people trying to get in with their regular day passes and they wouldn't let them in. We walked right into the attraction with zero wait. Let me say the people who wanted to get in were not missing anything. This is a very disapointing attraction. It is not even cute, just stupid. I doubt we will ever go on it again. It is still not suitable for small children because so much is in the dark with loud noises. The chilly dog smell is just anoying. What a disapointment and waste of time.
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Old 11-10-2004, 09:01 PM   #12
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I agree with PMC. I saw it two weeks ago. It's cute but that's about it. I can now say been there done that, but probably won't do it again except when taking visiting out of town friends who want to try it out.
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Old 11-10-2004, 09:13 PM   #13
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I agree. Stitch did not have any redeeming features. There wasn't the type of creativity would appeal to really anyone; the story was illogical and seemed to just throw stuff in without any cohesiveness. It still gets dark (questionable for little kids) but not funny for anyone else (or little kids...). What happened to the type of creativity shown in Winnie the Pooh or Toy Story that appeals to kids but is also fun for everyone? Stitch completely misses the boat.
I had to get used to AE-it scared me at first. But I kept going-and came to appreciate that the story made sense and was logically put together. The attraction was first rate for what it was-scary! My kids loved it as well.
As an annual pass holder and DVC member I love Disney stuff, but have to comment when they don't live up to their capabilities.
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Old 11-11-2004, 04:58 PM   #14
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Maistre Gracey, I agree.

I was disappointed in this ride
It seemed just as scarey as the Alien encounter...I saw several small children still crying as we were all exiting the ride through the store.

PLUS, I hate getting wet, smelling nasty smells, and having a hard bar across my shoulders! LOL (just getting old, I guess!!!)

I would not recommend this for small children

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Old 11-11-2004, 05:34 PM   #15
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Not all that bad...

Hello Fellow Disney Fans,

I just preveiwed this ride this past Sunday. I have an AP so I got to walk right in. It is quite obvious that Disney recieved many complaints on this ride which is why they have now made it more bearable for younger children. Is it a favorite, no but its cute for what it is. I LOVED the original for the scare factor but so many children went on this and were scared to death. They are trying to please everyone but they can't so I would just chalk it up to another kiddie ride. Since almost everyone disliked it, I pose this question...."What would you have put there instead, knowing that you can't bring back the old show?"
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