It looks like Stich may finally get his escape.
Yesterday, Walt Disney World announced that “Stich’s Great Escape,” located in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom will be switching to a “seasonal schedule” starting Oct. 2.
What this means, according to Disney’s website, is the attraction will be open Nov. 19-26 and Dec. 17-Jan. 2.
What does this mean for the future of everyone’s favorite, chili dog eating, blue alien? Well, it doesn’t look good.
Typically when an attraction goes into seasonal operation, think of all the attractions at the defunct Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot, it means the end is neigh.
Couple this with the rumors that have been swirling about Stitch being converted into a “Wreck it Ralph” themed attraction, it looks like the attraction could close for good after Jan. 2.
The location of “Stitch” has been many different things since the park opened.
It started as Flight to the Moon at the opening of the park, went to Mission to Mars (which was similar), then it was turned into ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (a huge flub for Disney) and then finally Stitch.
For one reason or another “Stitch” has not been a hit with guests.
The show, which is a less terrifying and more family friendly version of ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, seats guests in a round with a harness that comes down on the shoulders, which is why there is a 40 inch height limit.
The show centers around an audio animatronic Stich in the center. The lights will also go off and Stitch will bounce around the room on the harnesses and burp in your face. (Gross, I know.)
It still remains what will end up happening with the future of the attraction come the beginning of 2017, or if it will be missed like other recently closed attractions like Malestrom or the re-theming of Tower of Terror in Disneyland.
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