Stitch’s Great Escape

by josh on May 12, 2010

Stitch’s Great Escape

Opened: November 16, 2004

Location: Across from Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor

Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening

FastPass+: No

Type: Animatronic theater show

Similar To: Uniquely uncomfortable

Requirements: Must be 40” or taller

Scary Factor: High.  Stitch’s Great Escape may be frightening, with dark scenes, loud noises, and harness restraints that make visitors feel like they’re trapped in their seats.  I do not recommend this attraction for kids under the age of ten or those with claustrophobia.  This is one of the rare attractions at Disney World that has a height requirement and isn’t a roller coaster or thrill ride.  There’s no risk of bodily harm like there is with a rider who is too small for Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster or a similar ride.  Instead, Disney is purposefully trying to keep young riders out by posting the 40” height requirement, so take that into consideration when deciding to visit this attraction.

What to Expect: Stitch’s Great Escape replaced the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter that was housed in the same space.  Many people complained that the Alien Encounter was too scary for kids, so Disney finally shuttered the attraction and reopened with Stitch at the helm.  The new version is mostly the same, with similar special effects and a supporting cast that is exactly the same.  Visitors begin the attraction in the preshow area by watching a short video providing the background story.  After that, you’ll be seated in a large circular theater with harness-style restraints. The show begins and an audio-animatronic Stitch appears in the middle of the theater. He goes about his business, cutting the power to the building, spitting water on visitors sitting in the first two rows, and burping the stench of chili dogs.  The theater will intermittently go dark and it will seem as though Stitch is moving around the theater, touching people and creepily whispering in their ears. It’s a bizarre and unpleasant experience for many visitors from start to finish.

When To Go: Consider visiting in the afternoon or evening.  Although it isn’t a relaxing attraction, it is seated, air-conditioned, and unpopular.

Expect to Wait: The word is out on Stitch’s Great Escape and lines are generally shorter than most other attractions at the Magic Kingdom.  If the line is longer than 15 minutes, try again later.

Length: 10 minutes

Rating: 2/10

Commentary: Stitch’s Great Escape will likely scare youngsters and bore adults.  It’s not much more than watching a robot talk to you for 10 minutes while you’re stuck in a chair with uncomfortable shoulder restraints and a disgusting smell wafting about the room.  The darkness, coupled with the touching effects are enough to scare most kids, sometimes to the point where it ruins the rest of their day and will make it more difficult to get them to enjoy other, more fun shows in the future.  If your kids were scared on any other attraction at Disney World then you’ll probably want to skip this one.  If they aren’t scared, then they’ll be bored.  The only reason to visit it is to see if it’s really as bad as everyone says it is.  Trust me, it is.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Emelie July 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

This ride is very scary as suggested. It absolutely terrified my sister and following my sister wanted absolutely nothing to do with Stitch (cancelled reg. for breakfast at the Poly.) I personally dont remember many of the details of the ride (other than dark and Stitch whispering in my ear) but we are going back to Disney (after a few year and my sister still doesnt want to ride so it clearly stuck with her).

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mike March 21, 2013 at 7:31 am

She should of tried it’s predecessor alien encounter it was far scarier to some people. My nephew screamed almost the entire time the attraction was going

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Doctor10 March 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I must like things that are scary, because I really enjoyed the Alien Encounter enough I bought a t-shirt. I think I recall going to the Stitch modified version as well, and to some degree kind of missed the original. If anything, the Alien Encounter was something that appealed to this thrill seeker’s senses in ways I didn’t know was possible…Almost like being in a mild SAW movie of my own LOL…To each his or her own :)

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mike July 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

i was enjoying it myself but i truly believe i am a little off

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Mike Steffen August 26, 2013 at 3:13 am

Bizarre and Stupid really sums it up. Tear it down and let the kids play in the rubble.

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Autumn October 31, 2013 at 7:51 am

Aww, our family loves Stitch, so we liked this attraction. Our three and seven year olds thought it was funny and exciting, not scary (although we were prepared to reassure them if they did get scared). And afterward, they had fun “looking out for Stitch” around the Magic Kingdom. It’s wasn’t their overwhelming favorite, but it was fun, and they still talk about it and would like to do it again. Poor Stitch, his attraction gets such a bad rep! ;)

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Kelly May 15, 2014 at 7:22 am

Alien encounter was way better and way scarier. In effort to scare kids less, they changed it to Stitch and toned down the intensity. It’s ok now, but I would rather go on something else. They should’ve kept it original for older kids and adults.

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