Stitch Encounter Moving Along?

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by DisneyKidds, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. DisneyKidds

    DisneyKidds <font color=green>The TF thanks DisneyKidds for mo

    Mar 30, 2001
    It's been a busy day on Screamscape.......................

    I've always been skeptical that Alien Encounter would actually be reworked into a Stitch attraction. Anyone know Screamscapes record on things like this. How accurate are their 'sources'?
  2. Safari Steve

    Safari Steve D23 Expo Here I Come!!!

    Aug 27, 2000
    It's hard to keep a good tally on Lance's records. As information changes, he changes his predictions, and when he or his sources are totally wrong, the entry completely disappears.

    I can remember way back in early 2000, when he was talking about groundbreaking and balloon tests for 'Fire Mountain' taking place directly behind Pirates. As I was working at Jungle Cruise, I took a little walk on one of my lunch breaks to verify what I knew as the truth (that construction of a parking area for guest band busses had just been completed in that location). When I e-mailed him to share the fact that there had been no balloons, there was no construction, and that was a parking area, he fired back a very nasty reply basically telling me that I was nobody and I didn't know anything. about 3 months later, the entry had totally disappeared.

    Just like anyone who relies on outside sources for information, not all of it is going to be correct. I've seen that his filtration system can be a bit clouded.
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  4. ivanova

    ivanova <font color=blue>DIS Veteran<br><font color=red>Hi

    Jan 21, 2002
    Friend of mine recently stayed at the Contermporary and said that the resort "newsletter" mentioned AE was closing Feb '04 and reopening Oct '04 as something else.

    Is this actually not confirmed/announced publicly by Disney yet?

    If not, maybe there's hope that I can start a "save Skippy" campaign...... :rolleyes:
  5. Banzai

    Banzai <font color=red>Is now single and available!<br><f

    Sep 11, 2000
    I want my AE! We have enough kiddie rides at MK, give the teens a reason to come to WDW!
  6. Mooobooks

    Mooobooks Mouseketeer

    Aug 16, 2000
    It's odd that Disney wants to redo an attraction like Alien Encounter, which always has a long line. Why fix it if it ain't broke from the point of view of the people who are obviously always willing to stand in long lines for it (and it doesn't have FastPass).
    The attraction seems to be viewed as a failure by people inside Disney. One of the reasons can be found in articles by Jim Hill where he relates that the entire concept was supposed to revolve around the Alien series of films and THAT alien, not some anonymous bug. When Disney couldn't secure licensing to use Alien from Paramount, you got the current show instead. Knowing that, it could have been so much better--and TRULY terrifying.
    The Stitch overlay could end up being a lot of fun, if fun is what you want to have rather than getting the crap scared out of you.
    Personally, I'd be happy if they just kept Timekeeper and Carousel of Progress open!
  7. wdwguide

    wdwguide Ex Guide Book Author

    Mar 19, 2001
    I am quite glad they are doing something with this attraction - it simply does not fit the theme of the Magic Kingdom as it is. The preshow is great, but the actual show effects are terrible, the story hard to follow, and the voice-overs, while funny the first time around, really distract from the experience over time ("It's my mother-in-law" is only funny so many times...)

    I would love for them to build some thrill attractions of this sort, but the Disney-MGM Studios are a much more appropriate place for it, IMHO. The whole Alien thing would have been AWESOME!
  8. grinningghost

    grinningghost <font color=green>Has a thing for the Swiss Family

    Apr 6, 2002
    And of course if they change it to a Stitch attraction, they'll sell LOTS of character merchandise.
  9. Another Voice

    Another Voice Charter Member of The Element

    Jan 27, 2000
    "When Disney couldn't secure licensing to use Alien from Paramount..."

    Actually, Disney did secure the rights the to use that 'Alien' (and it's from 20th Century Fox) and it appears in 'The Great Movie Ride'. What happened was that Eisner became upset that his parks were promoting other people's movies. The last thing he wanted to see was a ride/commerical for (a then) ongoing film series from a competing studio. So, presto-changeo, a different alien was created.

    By the way, there are growing rumors that High Corporate Types are really pleased with both the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Haunted Mansion' movies. The chances of changes to those two attractions to better tie into the movies are growing by the day...
  10. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

    Aug 11, 2000
    Shudder.... Why, oh WHY change a classic that works? I feel that familiar irritated feeling starting. :mad:

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