Seasonal…it’s a word you don’t hear very often lately at Disney, but according to the Orlando Sentinel Stitch’s Great Escape will be going seasonal beginning October 2.
The much maligned attraction found in Tomorrowland opened back in 2004 with Stitch toilet papering Cinderella Castle to announce his arrival. Starting October 2, it will be only be open as Magic Kingdom attendance demands.
The attraction is scheduled to open during the busy Thanksgiving holiday season, beginning on November 19, but will close again on November 27. It will then open again during the holidays from December 17 through January 2.
Part of the disdain for Stitch’s Great Escape is the fact that it replaced the beloved (yet terrifying) Alien Encounter. Another part of it is that even though Disney attempted to scale down the scariness of the attraction, due to the harnesses that come down over Guests to properly showcase the effects of the attraction, it still scares Guests. Part of it is due to the fact that the story is not great. And well, part of it is that chili dog burp smell.
It has been years since an attraction has gone seasonal at Walt Disney World. Some attractions come back from seasonal status, such as Carousel of Progress, and some have not, such as Timekeeper (which turned into Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor). Giving more credence to the fact that Stitch’s Great Escape may be on its way out is that it has been rumored that the attraction will be closing soon to make way for an attraction based on Wreck-It Ralph according to The Disney Dish Podcast and our friend Jim Hill.
Only time will tell on this one. Make sure to stay tuned, as you know I’ll have all the info for you if/when more news gets released.