Stitch? You’re Outa Here!

Oh, OK, Stitch.  Not quite yet, eh?  After all, who do we think we are anyway?  Hey!  We’re the fans, that’s who!  We have spoken!

I really love these “Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?” exercises.  I don’t know why I don’t run them more often.  They sure do give us Disney “geeks” a great opportunity to “flex our muscles”.  Well, to flex our voices, at least, huh?

We truly have spoken.  An overwhelming 73% of us declare, “Eliminate!”  And, your comments matched the voting …

“How about exterminate?!”

“Let’s put it this way, DW’s favorite character is Stitch.  We have gone to this attraction once.”  Yeah, Mrs. All in WDW and I agree with that sentiment.

“Eliminate!!!  Bring us something good!!!” – and – “Eliminate!!!  Going on it once in a lifetime is enough!”

Then, more … “Eliminate!!!  Did it for the first time last year, and it was horrible.  Never again!!!”  We agree, once again.

“Put it out of our … I mean, its misery!”

Even fans of the maniacal beast want to see a change.  See?  “Stitch is my favorite character, but I think he deserves a much better attraction!”  – and – “Get rid of it.  I love Stitch as a character, but this attraction is just no good.”

How about, “I’ve never been on it (by choice)!  I say put something family friendly in!”

The “eliminates” just went on and on and on … in fact, I counted more than a dozen uses of the word in comments on Facebook alone!

Of course, not everyone hates Stitch’s crazy “jailbreak”.  For example, “I feel like I might be the only one who likes this ride.  When I went with my family a few months ago, they all hated it.”

“I’m fine with eliminating it, but I don’t hate it like everyone else seems to.  It’s not good, and something better could go there, but it’s still good enough that I try to do it when I’m there.  It’s, at least, amusing.”

Of course, others had an old favorite that they wanted to see revived.  Such as, “I would bring back ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter!  I miss it …”

Alien Encounter

And, “I think you should return it to its original glory of Alien Encounter but updated … similar to what happened at the Enchanted Tiki Room.”

For mine and Mrs. All in WDW’s part, we’re on the same page with the reader that commented, “I’m definitely on the ‘eliminate’ side for this one.”

He went on to say, “We saw Stitch’s Great Escape the first time we went to WDW, and, then, we’ve never seen it again.  I’ve heard that the old Alien Encounter attraction was better, but I’d rather see something new and exciting in there.”

Something new is where we’d go, as well.  In fact, this fan seems to be close to the target with, “… if that Tomorrowland movie ends up doing good, it seems like a tie-in attraction would be something that actually fits into, well, Tomorrowland.”

The Tomorrowland movie may very well be a good path for Walt Disney Imagineering to follow, but only time will tell.  The only thing we do know, at this point, though, is that this group of fans is ready for a change!

You hear that, WDI?  As far as we’re concerned, “Stitch? You’re Outa Here!”

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Stitch’s Great Escape!

“Pandemonium for everyone!”  I’m quoting from Walt Disney World’s own web site, of course.

It’s ” … a multi-sensory experience featuring audio, video, olfactory, and Audio-Animatronics special effects.”  Huh?  What?  Where?

Can you believe that, in all of our years of visiting Mickey’s Magic Kingdom, Mrs. All in WDW and I had never experienced Stitch’s Great Escape?  Well, we remedied that on our most-recent trip to The World.

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And, having done so, we realized that the experience brought this important question to mind … which fate does Stitch really deserve – rehabilitation or elimination?

Hmm.  Being assaulted by a maniacal alien in the pitch dark?  No.  I’m sorry, “Stitch fans” – and, I know you’re out there – this attraction is definitely not “our thing”.

So, what’s this “rehabilitation or elimination” thing all about?  Well, if your new to All in WDW, it goes like this …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company, my friends!  I hope you are enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!

Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Stitch’s Great Escape.  Should we rehabilitate?  Give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it altogether?  Or, should we leave it alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!

This is what we do, folks.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!

Hey! Spend a Day in Tomorrowland!

Who, out there, is excited to see Disney’s upcoming film “Tomorrowland”?  Show of hands?  Yeah, I thought so.  We’re looking forward to it as well.

We have a few months to wait for the movie, of course, as it doesn’t open until May 22nd.  But, in the meantime, Mrs. All in WDW and I thought we’d spend some “quality time” with Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland.

I have to admit, we sometimes take Tomorrowland for granted.  In truth, when we visit Mickey’s Magic Kingdom, we often spend most of our time in Adventureland sailing with swashbuckling pirates or cruising through the jungles of the world.

If not those exciting activities, we head to the back of the park in order to get frightened by the mansion’s 999 haunts … or, to take a leisurely stroll through Fantasyland.  Tomorrowland is often an afterthought.

Until now!

Please enjoy our brief photo tour of Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s “world of tomorrow”, my friends!  And, well, Mrs. All in WDW and I will see ya’ “tomorrow”!

If you want a proper tour of Tomorrowland, this should be your first stop!

If you want a proper tour of Tomorrowland, this should be your first stop!

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover!

Take a seat and enjoy the ride!

Take a seat and enjoy the ride!

You'll get several views of Astro Orbiter.

You’ll get several views of Astro Orbiter.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover itself. See it, there, in the middle of the shot?

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover itself. See it, there, in the middle of the shot?

And, I had to add this shot ... since I randomly caught "a bird in (over) orbit"!

And, I had to add this shot … since I randomly caught “a bird in (over) orbit”!

And, look!  There's the Tomorrowland Speedway!

And, look! There’s the Tomorrowland Speedway!

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Blinding speed around those corners? No, these cars are pretty tame.

The "mover" takes you into Space Mountain ...

The “mover” takes you into Space Mountain …

... and, this is what you get when it stops suddenly, in the mountain, and in pitch dark.  Hey, at least they turned on a light or two!

… and, this is what you get when it stops suddenly, in the mountain, and in pitch dark!

Of course, here IS the Magic Kingdom's signature mountain!

Of course, here IS the Magic Kingdom’s signature mountain!

And, another angle.

And, another angle.

You get a few monsters, and ...

You get a few monsters, and …

... an obnoxious alien.  We'll be back to discuss YOU tomorrow, Stitch!

… an obnoxious alien. We’ll be back to discuss YOU tomorrow, Stitch!

Finally, we have a touch of Walt himself!  The attraction was down when we passed by.

Finally, we have a touch of Walt himself! This famed attraction was down when we passed by.

And, of course, who can pass on lunch?!  One of the best Counter Services on property?  You tell me!

And, of course, who can pass on lunch?! One of the best Counter Services on property? You tell me!

The “Land” of Tomorrow!

Wow, I have to admit that I didn’t see this one coming.  We may be “Mad about the Magic Kingdom!”, but we’re evidently bonkers over Tomorrowland!  Is it Stitch’s fault?

Actually, the tally was excruciatingly close.  Only twelve votes separated five of the Magic Kingdom’s “Lands”, so it’s unfair to call Tomorrowland’s win a resounding “victory”.  I think it has to be labeled a shocker, though.  Doesn’t it?  I mean, what happened to Liberty Square?  Isn’t that where the All in WDW “champion attraction” – the Haunted Mansion – resides?  What about Main Street?  Isn’t that a nostalgic favorite of people – young and old?  New Fantasyland?

When we named the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Magic Kingdom Attraction back in March, and then again when we elected our favorite WDW attraction a few weeks later, it was …

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Upset! Splash wins! Splash wins!

 Like an epic March Madness battle, after which this week’s poll was designed, four attractions entered this Disney-obsessed arena, and only one emerged with the crown.  It is Splash!  Call it the “king of the mountains”, but you also have to, henceforth, refer to it as the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Magic Kingdom Attraction!

Yesterday, after 762 page views provided by 613 distinct visitors to the web site and a whopping 422 votes, we ‘made it so’!  And, what a shocking result it was … to myself and Mrs. All in WDW, at least.  Why?  Just consider the data …

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