The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

On June 20, 1995, ExtraTerrorestrial Alien Encounter opened as a part of the Magic Kingdom’s New Tomorrowland. It was touted as an intense experience and warned that children under of age of 12 should not partake.

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Guests were first lead to the ‘Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center’ where they learned they were going to view a demonstration for an alien corporation known as X-S Tech. A second area introduced guests to a robot known as S.I.R. (Simulated Intelligence Robotics) who demonstrated the teleportation technology the company had developed using Skippy, an animatronic alien.

The real action began when guests were seated and harnessed in a room that was entered around a cylinder to witness a ‘live’ communication from across the galaxy but instead witness the company’s chairman, L.C. Clench, decide to teleport himself into the chamber. Due to his last minute decision, there was an error and an alien was beamed into the tube instead. The alien manages to escape and intermittent flashes of light reveal to guests that the tube empty. Shortly after, a power failure left guests in complete darkness as the alien makes its way around the room, spraying fluids, shaking seats, and breathing on the necks of guests. In the end, the alien is wrangled back into the chamber but the tube explodes right before the tube closes.

The attraction was closed in 2003 and is now home to Stitch’s Great Escape, of which is also changing!. Which do you like better?


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  1. How can you even ask which one is better…LILO and Stitch is stupid. Disney has made many changes in the past that were colossal mistakes..from changing the menu at Narcosis at the Grand Floridian, doing away with Tangaroa Terrace at the Polynesian, closing River Country, changing the song at the Bear Jamboree (they realized their mistake on this one and changed it back) closing the Comedy Club and the Adventurers Club at Downtown Disney…I could go on. Then, they shut down Alien Encounter because it is too scary for the children. GIVE ME A BREAK. One of the best shows / ride at the Magic Kingdom. All I can say is to those of you that never experienced Alien Encounter…you don’t know what a GREAT EXPERIENCE you were missing.

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