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Fans of Walt Disney Pictures' animated comedy "Lilo & Stitch" know him as a cuddly but destructive alien prone to hilarious fits of havoc. But what was Stitch like before the movie?

Walt Disney World guests find out when they come face to face with the mischievous character in a new Magic Kingdom attraction -- Stitch's Great Escape!

Featuring some of the most sophisticated Audio-Animatronics technology ever developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, the multi-sensory Tomorrowland adventure puts guests in the middle of the mayhem caused by "Experiment 626" -- a.k.a. Stitch -- when he's sent to the Galactic Federation Prisoner Teleport Center.

In the unique theater-in-the-round attraction, park guests arrive as new recruits at a detention facility designed to separate the galaxy's naughty from the nice. Guests are ushered into the center's high-security teleportation chamber as the six-limbed Stitch beams in, tracked by two ceiling-mounted "plasma cannons" that follow his DNA whenever -- and wherever -- it moves.

With guests seated in DNA scanning restraints, Imagineering's proprietary "proximity audio" technology provides a close encounter with the playful Stitch as he attempts to outwit the galactic authorities in the circular chamber. Sights, sounds and -- ewwww! -- smells add to the pandemonium.

In addition to Stitch, the fun-filled attraction features several characters familiar to "Lilo & Stitch" fans, including the Galactic Federation Grand Councilwoman, Captain Gantu and Agent Pleakley, with voices supplied by the movie's original actors.

About this Attraction

Location: Tomorrowland

Type: Audio-animatronic show

Duration: About 15 minutes

Fastpass: Yes

Photography and video not allowed

Child Swap available

Best time to visit: Before 11am, during parades or in the evening.

Tips & Fun Facts

This attraction contains loud sounds, bright lights, and segments in total darkness. Some young children might find it scary so it might be one to skip if the above are likely to cause problems.
Lilo and Stitch are often found nearby the attraction, so keep your autograph books handy.

The building which houses 'Stitch's Great Escape' has seen many changes down the years. It first opened as 'Flight to the Moon' in 1971 as one of the Magic Kingdom's original attractions. In 1975, it became 'Mission to Mars' and after another imagineer rethink, it re-opened in 1994 as 'ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter'. However, it was thought this version was too intense for kids and so yet another rehab was ordered and Stitch moved in, in the hope the concept would seem less intense.
The figure of Stitch is one of the most advanced Audio-Animatronic figures ever created by Disney Imagineers. Its also the first AA to spit!
The alien language seen throughout the Prisoner Teleport Center was inspired by designs created for the opening scenes of "Lilo & Stitch." Graphic artists with Walt Disney Imagineering turned the designs into a practical alphabet that can be decoded into English.
"Skippy," an alien seen previously in The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter attraction, returns in a new role in Stitch's Great Escape!
The two "plasma cannons" that track Stitch's DNA were inspired by devices seen in "Lilo & Stitch." Each weighs more than 1,600 pounds.
Walt Disney Feature Animation produced all of the attraction's character animation. Many of the animators who worked on "Lilo & Stitch" partnered with Imagineers for Stitch's Great Escape.

Additional Information

Guests must transfer from ECVs to available wheelchairs to experience the attraction.

40" height restriction.

Guests will be confined by a restraint system that applies pressure to the head and shoulders.
Persons who develop anxiety in dark places or those with neck or shoulder conditions should not experience this attraction. Certain special affects may be too intense for some Guests.
Guests using electronic medical devices that may be affected by electromagnetic fields should not enter this attraction.

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