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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I was so bummed when I went to MK during the summer of 2004 and AE was gone. I liked it...I don't care what anyone thinks.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I loved Alien Encounter. I only got to experience the attraction once. I wasn't scared, but my aunt had told me about it when it first opened.

    I experienced Stitch recently. My biggest problem with the whole thing was Stitch himself. Disney plays Experiment 626 as this grand evil concoction of this evil genius. But we never get to see the evil. Where's the evil? The cartoon's were annoying at first, CGI might have been better, but I to used to it. I will say that those guns really impressed me.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung
    This was one of my problems. I'd bet many parent saw the scary warnings and thought "oh, this is Disney, where the scariest they get is Pirates or the HM. How bad could this AE thing be?" It was so much more terrifying to the little ones than HM ever was, and it really killed me to see little kids coming off the attraction sobbing with fear. That's never been the Disney way, and had no place in a Disney park.
    There were so many warnings outside of Disney though, the Birmbaum's books, the Unofficial Guides, every free Orlando Visitor guide available at every gas station, Disney Brochures, everywhere. Plus, Disney is pretty good at giving descriptions of their rides. When you see a description saying "join fun-loving buccaneers as they raid the Spanish Main" you know it's not going to be as scary as "An alien gets loose and wreaks havoc on an audience in roller-coaster like restraints. Warning, this attraction may frighten young children and some adults, parental discretion is advised, you know there is something different about this one.

    It may have been something different than had been seen in a Disney Park, but that doesn't mean it didn't belong in a Disney Park, some Disney movies could have been considered scary, but that doesn't mean they can't be Disney movies. It was new, and geared more for the young adult and teen age group, a group that is relatively uncatered to at Disney World. Not everything can be for the Grade Schoolers, and AE sometimes appealed to even them.

    My point is, this was a unique attraction, something that took years of planning and had (from reviews I've read) near flawless show production, its a shame that it had to be replaced with something so uninteresting and cheezy. Looking at old attractions like Mission to Mars or Rocket to the Moon, I would feel more comfortable saying that SGE doesn't belong in...well...at least not Tomorrowland, or the Magic Kingdom, maybe it would fit in at DMGM.
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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I believe children also had to be at least seven years of age and with a parent.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy97O
    I believe children also had to be at least seven years of age and with a parent.
    Isn't that supposedly standard practice though? It's just a question of whether or not it is enforced.
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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I thought AE was one of the best, most "complete" attractions I've ever been on. Everything from the theming, the "show", the storyline, the special effects, the whole presentation was well put together. Everything you saw from the time you entered the line built up to the very next thing you were going to see.

    You can debate whether it was a good fit for MK, but it was a darn good attraction by itself. (I personally had no problem with its location. It fit Tomorrowland 94 well, it was unique, and there were warnings as far as the eye could see. Much like the almost humorous disclaimers plastered all over Mission:Space).

    Stitch -- it's not awful and the AA is pretty cool. If they closed it and spent some more time improving the story and show it could be a worthwhile "family version" of AE.
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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    AE seriously scared the bejeezus out of me. i took me quite awhile to compose myself after riding...and i was in college at the time.

    i'll give stitch a try, but i'm not a fan. hopefully it's not so freakin' scary!
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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I miss it and i never even went on it. stitch blows.
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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    Alien Encounter was one of the most enjoyable attractions Disney had built in a long time. There were plenty of forewarnings on the outside of the ride warning parents of small children that the ride was frightening. I cannot for the life of me understand the mentality of a parent who has children that are easily frightened who will insist (or let their child insist) on taking a child on an attraction with twenty signs and more then enough wait in a Que standing next to those signs that warn that the attraction is scary. I fault the parents for something like this.

    That said, I saw plenty of children who shrugged the whole thing off. Not ALL kids are terrified by scary attractions. Some really enjoyed it.

    And maybe it's my generation, but the little bit of water that drips down on you insinuating a guy's being eaten was not all that big of a deal to me. Looking at the generations that came after me and the movies they grew up on, I don't see anyone being offended or overtly disgusted. Not on a large scale anyway. My mom is completely repulsed by gore, even in a minimal sense, and she found the drip scene in Alien Encounter to be amusing. She loved the attraction and she was born the same year Pearl Harbor was bombed.

    Out of all the attractions built in recent years, it was the only one that took me someplace else. The only ride that took me to the future and took me on an adventure. Does anyone remember how funny the ride was? I only skimmed over the other posts, but anyone remember the strategically placed "audience comments" that came from the crowd? When the alien fist appears the alien in the control center says "It's an alien!" and someone from the audience says "It's my mother-in-law!"

    When the alien blows up at the end some guy says "I had my mouth open!" Another guy says "Don't eat me. Eat him!" and you just sense that your being pointed at. That was so cool. I wan't all about being frigtened. There was some genuine humor in the attraction.

    What they've replaced it with is beyond subpar, it's insulting. I understand the need to keep family friendly attractions. But don't destroy good one's for sub standard ones. Everything I've read about Walt indicates that he put his best foot forward with every thing he did. He didn't just renovate for no apparent reason. They finally had something that was "hip and edgy" AND entertaining and they blew it for Stitch?

    Don't get me wrong, I love the movie Lilo & Stitch. I thought he was a nice little black sheep addition to the Disney family. A cute little trouble maker. But Alien Encounter didn't deserve to eat it for his sake. Give Stitch his own ride. After all, the motivation or getting rid of attractions was because they were "dated" and attendance was down. Alien Encounter was about as edgy as Disney as ever gotten, stayed true to the principles that an attraction should take somplece you've never been and could never go to, and had lines around the corner eveytime I went. The trend Disney seemed to be following of catering to children and ignore everyone else is more to the core of what has been wrong with Disney in recent years.

    Walt had it right. Build something for the kids and give something for the adults. Kids could wonder at the charcters of Fantasyland, guys cold oogle the Go-Go Dancers at Tomorrowland and Grandma could reminisce about the good ol' days in Frontierland. Walt knew what he was doing. I can only hope Lassiter and Iger turn out to be the "saviors" eveyone seems to think they can be.



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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung
    This was one of my problems. I'd bet many parent saw the scary warnings and thought "oh, this is Disney, where the scariest they get is Pirates or the HM. How bad could this AE thing be?" It was so much more terrifying to the little ones than HM ever was, and it really killed me to see little kids coming off the attraction sobbing with fear. That's never been the Disney way, and had no place in a Disney park.
    Oh there you go again, Dan.

    I see kids come off any attraction you can name sobbing. That's what kids do when they are tired, cranky and -- yes, you betcha -- scared.

    IMHO, the only thing that has no place in Disney parks are bad parents who don't understand what their children can tolerate, not just rides, but weather, food etc ... and don't do any research when there are all sorts of warnings.

    AE was a wonderful bit of Imagineering. It played with your fears. FWIW, I saw far more 20-year-old women freaking out on it, than I did kids ...

    I wasn't overly sorry to see it go though because I love Stitch and thought we'd be getting a better attraction. Well, we all know that didn't happen.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    There are some excellent posts here by Niyxstyx, Doopey1, Digital Jedi, and WDW1974. Too many good quotes to put them all in this post.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974
    I see kids come off any attraction you can name sobbing. That's what kids do when they are tired, cranky and -- yes, you betcha -- scared.
    You may be right. But I saw far more of it on AE. In fact, it was a rare visit that didn't have a kid freaking out within a few seats of me. And more than once I had to play the pseudo-parent - holding the kid's hand, saying "it's all pretend", etc. It really made me feel bad. And there's a difference between a tired cranky kid getting a little spooked by the dark on Snow White and a child locked in their seat in the dark and having to sit there while the surroundings truly terrify him/her.

    In a way I blame the parents, just like you do. But I maintain that this attraction didn't just push the edge of Disney scary - it leaped past it and well into the realm of the horror flick. And obviously the signs weren't enough. It's kinda like Spaceship Earth and the car turning around warnings. I think they're purely ridiculous, and anyone stupid enough to climb out of their cars in the dark at the top of a ride deserves to be banged up. But from Disney's viewpoint the warning at the top wasn't working, so they felt they had to add the video display at the start of the ride. I still think it's all stupid, but obviously there was a need to get the message out to people in a more forceful manner. Perhaps if Disney had an animation going in the queue of AE demonstrating just how scary this attraction was, maybe more parents would have taken notice.

    And again, I personally enjoyed the show. But it's hard for me to enjoy anything when there's someone else within earshot who's not only not enjoying it but being actively terrorized by it.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I miss it. It was a cool scary attraction for teens and adults. They should have just had an age restriction for the ride. I have not seen 'Stitch' but I heard it's not that great.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung
    But I maintain that this attraction didn't just push the edge of Disney scary - it leaped past it and well into the realm of the horror flick.
    Did you really think it was that bad? IMO, a dark comedy would be the best way to describe AE. I always heard more laughs than screams. Or maybe screams followed by laughter

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung
    You may be right. But I saw far more of it on AE. In fact, it was a rare visit that didn't have a kid freaking out within a few seats of me.
    Stop by It's Tough To Be A Bug sometime. I've never seen that show without having at least 4 or 5 kids being escorted out of the theater after the Hopper scene.

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    Re: Anyone REALLY miss Alien Encounter

    I experienced only once, and many of the effects passed me by (no real shoulder pressure or "breath") but I liked the storyline and fully immersive feel. I was also unlike any attraction I'd been on before.
    But all the time I couldn't shrug off the feeling that it didn't belong in a MK-style park. It felt more of a "Studios" attraction, and I would have loved to have seem an attraction based on the "Alien" movies using the same setup over at Disney-MGM.

    I thought "Tough To Be A Bug" was scarier too.

    Can't comment on Stitch...


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