It appears that 626 is now under solitary confinement. Sort of. Our sources say that rather than continue the operation of the low attending Stitch’s Greatest Escape, the entrance area will, for the time being, be converted over into a meet ’n’ greet with Stitch.
Disney advertised the attraction using words like “dark”, “scary” and “loud” to describe this attraction. Guests visiting the attraction used terms like “smelly”, “claustrophobic” and “annoying”. Other guests simply missed the previous attractions that occupied the space. Still, the animatronic Stitch was very impressive, and the laser canons were kind of cool. And more importantly, it was a place with air conditioning that you could slip into quickly during the hot summers.
Stitch’s Great Escape “theater-in-the-round” attraction has been around since 2004. It came after audiences responded favorably to the Disney animated release, Lilo and Stitch. It also seemed to be well timed, as The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter that preceded it was viewed by parents as far too intense for families to enjoy. So Stitch was added in, chili-dog smell and all.
Rumors along the way suggested that a new arcade-style attraction would come into that footprint featuring characters and scenes from the successful Wreck It Ralph. This would be a great add-on to have, but my feeling is that it really has nothing to do with the themes of Tomorrowland. Furthermore, if it’s going to go head to head with the Super Nintendo World Universal Studios is building, it’s going to need a bigger footprint. I recommend Disney’s Hollywood Studios for that. There is still plenty of room to build a bigger experience tied to the story and characters of Wreck it Ralph. Indeed, you could make it a themed land like what is happening with Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
What do you think? Do yo think Stitch’s Great Escape should close permanently? Would you rather see something else in its place? If so, what would you like? Let us know here at Destination Magic.