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Stitch Encounter at Hong Kong Disneyland
|Hong Kong Disneyland|
|Opening date||13 July 2006|
|Closing date||2 May 2016|
|Replaced by||Star Wars: Command Post|
|Walt Disney Studios Park|
|Opening date||22 March 2008|
|Opening date||17 July 2015|
|Replaced||Captain EO Tribute|
|Shanghai Disneyland Park|
|Opening date||June 16, 2016|
|Attraction type||Living Character show|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Theme||Lilo & Stitch|
Must transfer from wheelchair
Stitch Encounter is an interactive show that was previously located in Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland, with later versions of the attraction located in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris (as Stitch Live!), and the Tomorrowland areas at Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland Park.
Disney attractions similar to Stitch Encounter include Turtle Talk with Crush, located in both Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort, as well as Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
The attraction is a prime example of both real time animation and digital puppetry. Stitch Encounter consists of an unscripted, real-time conversation between park guests and the animated character Stitch from Disney's Lilo & Stitch franchise. The attraction, which opened in July 2006, was part of a three attraction expansion to Tomorrowland, Hong Kong. It is located adjacent to the entrance of Space Mountain. The attraction offers shows in different languages depending on the version (Cantonese, Mandarin and English in the previous Hong Kong version, French and English in the Parisian version, and Japanese in the Tokyo version), to accommodate the variety of languages guests of the different parks speak. Show times are available at the entrance of the attraction and each show has a length of approximately 15 minutes.
Guests are seated in a movie theater-like room, called the Space Traffic Control. Children are then encouraged to sit up front, on the floor, so that Stitch can see them during the show. At the start of the show, the host of the Space Traffic Control requests the computer to search for an available spacecraft captain to talk to, the computer connects to the spacecraft which Stitch is in. After that, guests (both children and adults) in the Space Traffic Control are randomly chosen by Stitch to interact with. Stitch can interact with guests in many ways such as chatting, singing them a song with his ukulele and even take their pictures. Stitch looks and moves much like he does in the movie, complete with corresponding facial expressions and gestures. The conclusion of the show occurs when the audience aids Stitch in his escape from Captain Gantu.
- Hong Kong Disneyland attraction and entertainment history
- Stitch's Great Escape!
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- "‘Stitch Encounter’ to Replace ‘Captain EO’ at Tokyo Disney Resort". Stitch Kingdom. December 19, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.