Stitch Encounter

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Stitch Encounter
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Stitch Encounter at Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland
Opening dateJuly 13, 2006
Closing dateMay 2, 2016
Replaced byStar Wars: Command Post
Walt Disney Studios Park
NameStitch Live!
AreaProduction Courtyard
Opening dateMarch 22, 2008
Replaced byWalt Disney Television Studios
Tokyo Disneyland
Nameスティッチ・エンカウンター(in Japanese)
Opening dateJuly 17, 2015
ReplacedCaptain EO Tribute
Shanghai Disneyland Park
Opening dateJune 16, 2016
General statistics
Attraction typeLiving Character show
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
ThemeLilo & Stitch
Hosted byStitch
SponsorDaiwa House (Tokyo)
Must transfer from wheelchair
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Stitch Encounter is an interactive show located in Walt Disney Studios Park (under the name Stitch Live!), and in Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland Park. The first edition of the show at Hong Kong Disneyland was closed on May 2, 2016 to make room for Star Wars: Command Post.

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. Neither of the American Disney resorts have ever seen the release of this attraction, with Stitch's Great Escape! in Magic Kingdom being the sole currently operating Lilo & Stitch-themed attraction in the United States.

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, English and Mandarin in the former Hong Kongese version, French and English in the Parisian version, Japanese in the Tokyo version, and Mandarin in the Chinese version), to accommodate the variety of languages guests in the different parks speak. Showtimes are available at the entrance of the attraction and each show has a length of approximately 15 minutes.

Attraction description[edit]

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, moves and sounds much like he does in the films and Lilo & Stitch: The Series, complete with corresponding facial expressions, gestures, and vocals (which the hidden actor performing him delivers in a mimicry of that used by the character's creator and original voice actor, Chris Sanders). The conclusion of the show occurs when the audience aids Stitch in his escape from Captain Gantu (Kevin Michael Richardson).

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