Stitch’s Great Escape

NOTE: Stitch’s Great Escape officially closed in 2018.

Stitch’s Great Escape is Walt Disney World’s most controversial ride. A whole lot of people find this ride not up to Disney standards. Most of the time, Disney takes one of their characters and tells a heartwarming story about them with some great effects. Not here. In this ride, a kinda, of cute character is turned into an absolute monster. Not your typical cuddly Disney monster. This is a really scary (even for adults) ugly MONSTER.

This is either a love-it-or hate-it ride. There’s no middle ground. You’ll either love it, or you’ll absolutely hate it. (Dad falls into the latter category.

The Preshow

The doors open up, and you step into the Galactic Federation Prisoner Teleport Center. There, you are recruited to be a guard by the cast member posing as a Grand Council woman. After accepting your duty, you are taught the basic procedures of the job and the classification system.

The intercom makes the announcement to come into the chamber. A Level 3 prisoner is being brought in, and they need your help. Enter at your own risk.

Stitch’s Great Escape

When you go to the transportation chamber as a Galactic Federation Security agent, you are assigned to protect project Experiment 626, otherwise known as Stitch. You take a seat and shoulder restraints come down to shoulders. Then the prisoner is beamed into the chamber, and it is a very surprising Stitch.

Stitch releases his terror on the crowd. The chairs you are strapped into simulate Stitch jumping on your shoulder and tickling your heads. Then the power comes back on and cannons are trying to get Stitch under control. This is an unsuccessful attempt, and Stitch escapes. The fiasco ends as Stitch travels through Tomorrowland and onto Cinderalla’s Castle.

The Harness

The chairs in Stitch’s Great Escape come complete with shoulder harness restraints. These are massive pieces of equipment that glue you to your seat. There is even more restraint than on the most violent roller coaster.

WARNING – If you are claustrophobic, you might be very uncomfortable in this attraction. (If you have a 13-year-old son who gets spooked, you might be very uncomfortable.)

WARNING 2 – The lights go off in the theater, and you feel Stitch on your shoulders. This always elicits screams from just about everyone.

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits –

  • Stitch is the first Audio Animatronic character that spits
  • Stitch TP’d (yes the little moster toilet papered) Cinderella’s Castle for his Grand Opening
  • This ride tells the story of Stitch before he met Lilo (way before the cute movie)
  • The alien language seen throughout the attraction is inspired by the designs seen during the opening scenes of the movie
  • “Skippy” an alien who was involved in the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, returns for this attraction
  • The two plasma cannons in the ride were inspired by the movie and each weigh more than 1600 pounds


This attraction on November 14, 2004. It replaced Alien Encounter which was also a very controversial ride. The ride didn’t really change except cosmetically. The story is still pretty much the same. Monster escapes and wreaks havoc on the theater.

Dad’s Ride Information Table

Stitch’s Great Escape
Description: Watch a teleportation experiment gone wrong (very wrong)
Height Requirement – 40 inches Fastpass:Yes Length of Ride: 18 minutes
Type of ride: Sit down ride with a roller coaster type harness that has some uncomfortable effects

Dad’s Ratings

0 or 5 0 or 5 1 0
Other Information: A nice place for a quick, cool nap. The benches are kinda hard.

The Fine Print

Here’s some small print information

  • This ride may be to scary for young kids (middle aged kids and really old kids too)
  • Guests with your children may take turns
  • Guests must transfer from motorized scooter or ECV to a wheelchair
  • Guest with service animals should check in at the host stand for boarding information
  • Assistive Listening Receivers may be used at the attraction
  • Video Captioning is available for this attraction

Dad’s Bottom Line

Stitch’s Great Escape is the only ride in all of Disney World that Dad won’t even suggest you try it out and decide for yourself. Skip this one unless you are a big fan of horror movies.