|Oh good. At least Skippy is still here.|
So what happened here? The popular theory is that Alien Encounter was just too scary for kid/adults/elderly/barnacles. I'm not sure why this is a bad thing. Disney took a chance here by boldly going where no Disney ride had gone before: into your psyche and your deepest fears. And it was spectacular. But I guess people are just boobers and whiners and didn't like fear injected into their brains. What was Disney's answer to this? Stitch.
|Arrghh! S.I.R.? What have they done to you?!|
This end scene goes against everything the Disney theme parks shoot for. Every land, every attraction, every lamp post is themed in a way that says "Hey, you are really in this environment. This is supposed to be real. You're supposed to leave the outside world behind and believe you are here!" But what the ending of Stitch's Great Escape says is "HEY YOU'RE IN A THEME PARK, REMEMBER? AREN'T WE CLEVER?! SHOULD I SHOUT LOUDER?" Ugh.
Remember how I mentioned that Alien Encounter was deemed too scary? Guess what? Kids are the major demographic of this attraction. Guess what else? Kids are still seeing this as too damn scary! Major portions of the ride take place in complete darkness with the guest strapped helplessly to their seats. Oh, and two giant laser Gatling guns blast the audience. You know, for kids! If your demographic is avoiding you, you're not doing a very good job.
|It's pretty damn hard to be an effective prison guard when you're strapped into your seat, now isn't it?|
And lastly, what really flares my unspecified rash, is that the animatronics in this ride are amazing! Wait, what? Praise? Yes! Praise! The two giant guns on the ceiling and the Stitch figure himself are some of the most fluid figures I've ever seen! And their movements are fast! Why does this irritate me? Because they're on such a piss poor attraction! It's almost like wasted resources. I don't like it and I won't stand for it.
All that being said, if I'm visiting the Magic Kingdom and the ride doesn't have a wait, I'll walk on and check it out. What's sad is that this ride is so popular, that even on the busiest days, you'll usually find that it's a walk on. Now that's integrity!