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Stitch’s Great Escape! stars the havoc-wreaking little alien from the Disney animated feature Lilo & Stitch. In this show, Stitch is a prisoner of the galactic authorities and is being transferred to a processing facility en route to his final place of incarceration. He manages to escape by employing an efficient though gross trick, knocking out power to the facility in the process. (One wonders why aliens smart enough to master teleportation haven’t yet invented a backup power source.) The rest of the show consists simply of Stitch lumbering around in the dark while cheap sound and odor effects are unleashed on the captive audience.
Unofficial Guide readers note Stitch as the worst Magic Kingdom attraction. Guest response to Stitch’s Great Escape! is so negative that Disney has stopped trying to improve it. This Norton Shores, Michigan, mom at least gave it a chance going in:
I love Lilo and Stitch and am a huge fan of Stitch in particular. I got on the ride just knowing it would be great—then the lights went out. From that point on, it was just a big miserable fail. My 13-year-old actually heaved from the smell of Stitch’s breath, and the bouncing [overhead restraints] jabbed us all painfully and repeatedly in the shoulders. The movie is still awesome, but the ride is a giant zit on the face of Disney that needs to be popped out of existence.
A Las Vegas reader thinks he knows why an attraction that doesn’t move has safety restraints:
Stitch’s Great Escape! has to be seen to understand just how awful an attraction can be. I had a glimmer of hope when they put the restraint on me. Looking back, I’m convinced the restraint was for the sole purpose of preventing the audience from leaving until they had been sufficiently tortured.
Stitch’s height requirement is 40 inches (the same as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) in an attempt to keep out easily frightened younger children. The fact that Big Thunder is a roller coaster and that this ride doesn’t move should be a warning to parents about its fright potential.
Stitch's Great Escape! is open seasonally. Expect it to be operational only during holidays and high crowd times.
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