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Come and join us for another installment of the WDW-Memories podcast, where I try to make it possible for you relive your Walt Disney World Memories when you can't actually be there.
Well hello from the home of the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion Louisville Cardinals. Yeah, that was some game the other night wasn’t it?! Now if only the Orioles could do the same thing in Baseball. But it’s the start of a long season, so we’ll just have to wait and to see how this plays out. In the mean time, there has to be some way to fill the time. Oh yeah, let’s maybe daydream about another Walt Disney World attraction. Today we’re going back to relive a memory we once visited before. Today we’re going back to Stitch’s Great Escape in the Magic Kingdom. Our request came from a voicemail from Brandon in Texas again.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking. “Didn’t he do Stitch's Great Escape! before?” and you’d be right. Back in 2006 I released a combined show of Extra TERRORestrial Alien Encounter and Stitch’s Great Escape as Memory 004. But I have no problems going back and redoing some earlier memories too that maybe were recorded on a previous recorder. Now I don’t have anything new to share for Alien Encounter, but I did get to revisit Stitch last summer. So we’ll have some new Audio to share.
Personally I like Stitch. I know, it tends to be a bit controversial, but I think that has to do with comparisons to what was there before. Alien Encounter was a phenomenal attraction, and Stitch tends to be a far more cartoony version of the same thing. But if you take it for what it is, Stitch’s Great Escape is a well done attraction featuring some of the best Audio Animatronics available. Combine that with Binaural sound, and special effects lighting in close quarters and you create a very immersive story.
But that’s my opinion. And as usual I wanted to hear yours. So I tossed it out on social media and got the following responses.
On Facebook, Frederick wrote:
This attraction receives a lot of criticism, but my youngest daughter loves it, and she tells me it's her favorite. Hearing my girls laugh so genuinely as Stitch addressed Cinderella warmed my heart. Personally, I think Gantu's comments throughout are what make the show hilarious.Stacey also wrote on Facebook:
I remember when that attraction was called "Alien Encounter" or something to that effect. That ride was scary and made me cry back when I was a kid. Now? Even scarier. The smell of chili dog will NEVER leave my nose.Bella wrote on Facebook:
The first time I went I was TERRIFIED!!! The speakers by your ears makes it seem like he is in one place than the other. I got over it though, thankfully!Well put guys. Thank you for commenting. And as I’ve said before, these were just some of the comments. Just head to Facebook to see more of them and maybe share some of your own.
As I said earlier, today’s memory was from summer of 2012. It’s a warm June evening and I’ve finished my day at the TechEd convention and headed over to the Magic Kingdom to blow of a bit of steam. I’ve seen some other rides and just finished seeing the updated Hall of Presidents. As I exit the attraction I walk straight into the early showing of the Main Street Electrical Parade. I’ll pause here for a minute and make my way over to Tomorrowland via Fantasyland. We’ll join this memory as we’re making our way across the park and eventually to Tomorrowland. We’ll enter the holding area and just listen to the ambient sounds of Tomorrowland for 3 minutes till the doors open. We’ll be ushered in and the show will begin.
Today’s memory is in binaural and recorded with the new recorder, so I’d suggest putting those headphones on to fully immerse yourself in the memory.
Now sit back. Relax. Close your eyes. And come with me as we encounter again a strange little blue alien.