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The American Advendture 2018 Update – EPCOT – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #49

June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – For the first episode of Season 3, we head back to EPCOT to check out the newly revamped AMERICAN ADVENTURE?  How do these new changes sound?  Tune in and see!  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

To kick off the third season of Attraction Checklist, we’re going to revisit an attraction we’ve already featured on the show but one that recently got an update. 

Way back in episode 3 we featured The American Adventure at EPCOT.  On February 9, 2018, Disney announced that the attraction would be receiving a bit of a refresh.  The theatre received all new digital projectors, a new screen and new speakers.  The ending film montage received a new edit adding new notable figures from American history and the attraction’s signature song, Golden Dream, was rerecorded with all-new orchestration. 

So sit back and enjoy this recording of the refreshed American Adventure.  After the audio, I’ll give you my thoughts on the update.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we head to EPCOT to experience The American Adventure.

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Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #48

May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Join John and Grant as they brave Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Will they survive? Or will the Yeti capture them and force them to disco? Tune in and see!  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we venture to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World to hunt the Yeti on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.  ‘Ride a speeding train through the Himalayan mountains while avoiding the clutches of the Yeti’ is how the attraction is described in the guidemap. Guests must be 44” tall to ride this attraction and the thrill level describes this attraction as a thrill ride that is dark with big drops.  There is a single rider line for this attraction and FastPass+ is available.

Before we head up the mountain, here are five fast facts about Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

1. Expedition Everest was announced on April 22, 2003 during a celebration for Animal Kingdom’s fifth anniversary.  Almost three years later, the ride opened for previews on January 26, 2006 and then celebrated it’s grand opening on April 7, 2008

2. Expedition Everest’s track is 4,424 feet long and the trains can reach speeds of 50 miles per hours during the ride.

3.  Expedition Everest is the first Disney roller coaster to switch between having trains run forwards and backwards during a single ride.  It was the second Disney roller coaster to go backwards, the first being Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril: Backwards which operated in a backwards configuration from 2000-2004 at Disneyland Paris

4.  The mountain built for Expedition Everest is currently the tallest at Walt Disney World at 199.5 feet.  They would have gone higher but any structure over 200 feet would need a blinking red light for low flying planes which imagineers felt would take guests out of the experience.

5.  Finally, let’s talk about the Yeti.  At the time it was built, the Yeti is the largest and most complex audio-animatronic ever built by Walt Disney Imagineering standing at 25 feet tall.  A few months after the attraction opened, the animatronic’s framing split which could have signaled disaster if it continued to operate at it’s full capacity.  Since then, the figure has only operated with extremely limited movement and the addition of a strobe light to simulate movement.  Disney Imagineers have said they are always looking for a way to fix the issue but it’s difficult as the mountain was build around the figure.

Let’s now ride Expedition Everest!  Along for the ride today is John B. deHaas and after we ride we will give you our thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to ride Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

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Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith – Disney’s Hollywood Studio – Attraction Checklist #47

May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Rock on!  We are headed to Walt Disney World to ride Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith!  I learn a bit about the attract then head in for a ride.  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we cover one of my favorite attractions, Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith.  Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith is described in the guide map as follows: Blast coffin a stretch limousine through the streets of Los Angeles to the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith.  Guests must be 48” or taller in order to ride and the thrill level describes the attraction as being a Thrill Ride with Big Drops that is Loud.  Fastpass+ and Single Rider lines are available.

Before we head to our super stretch limo, here are five fast facts about Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith.

1. Though there were soft openings, this attraction officially opened on July 29, 1999.  There was a special, invitation only party and attendees got to ride the attraction with members of Aerosmith!

2. The rollercoaster has a track length of 3,403 feet.  It features 3 inversions and reaches top speeds of 57 miles per hour.  And at the start of the ride, the trains accelerate to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.

3.  The attraction features a fleet of 6 ’super stretch limo’ roller coaster trains.  While at any given time, one of the trains is kept in refurbishment, the other 5 can be identified by their unique license plates.  Not only are the license plates different, each of the five working trains have a different soundtrack of Aerosmith.

4.  Aerosmith recorded special versions of some of the songs that have new lyrics for the ride.  For example, Love in and Elevator became Love on a Rollercoaster.

5.  The reason the music sounds so good on the attraction is because each train features a 125-speaker, 24 sub-woofer, 32,000 watt audio system.  This is all in addition to the 820 speakers in the show building and the launch area.

It’s now time to ride Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  I’m a Single Rider this time so after the ride audio I’ll give you my thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith.

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Pirates of the Caribbean – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #46

April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Yo ho, let’s head to Disneyland to sail past the Bride Auction one last time.  Along for the ride is David Marquez and after we ride we discuss our thoughts on this classic attraction and the planned changes.  Recorded on April 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Disneyland to ride Pirates of the Caribbean one last time before it closes to have the, some would say iconic, Bride Auction scene changed forever.  The current Disneyland guide map no longer features ride descriptions but the Disneyland website describes Pirates of the Caribbean by saying, “Celebrate 50 years of swashbuckling as you set sail on a voyage to a long-forgotten time, when pirates wrought havoc on the high seas.”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the attraction as being a slow water ride that is loud, dark and scary with small drops.

Before we visit the Bride Auction one last time, here are five fast facts about Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean officially opened at Disneyland on March 18, 1967.

2. Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean is the last attraction that Walt Disney personally participated in designing before his death.  The attraction opened three months afterward.

3.  There are approximately 120 animatronics featured in the attraction including the pirates, the villagers and all the animals.  The ride also contains approximately 750,000 gallons of water. 

4.  As guests first set sail on the attraction, the drift past the The Blue Bayou restaurant.  This popular dining spot is located in the same building as The Pirates of the Caribbean and it opened on the same day in 1967.  The restaurant was originally planned to feature live music but it is reported that Walt Disney said that the food and the atmosphere were going to be the show in the Blue Bayou.

5.  In June of 2017, Disney announced they would be modifying the Bride Auction scene in the attraction, turning the Red Head into a pirate who is helping auction off the town’s goods instead of brides.  The last day of the attraction in the form you will hear it today was April 23rd, 2018.  The ride audio for this episode was recorded on April 22nd, 2018.

Let’s now ride Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean to sail past the Bride Auction one last time.  Along for the ride is David Marquez and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on the attraction and the planned changes.  This is a binaural recording so put your headphones on now as we head to Disneyland to ride Pirates of the Caribbean.

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DINOSAUR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #45

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – John B. deHaas is back and this episode we ride a Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening day attraction DINOSAUR.  Learn a little about the ride, experience the ride audio and then listen in as John and I deliver our longest review of a ride ever.  Recorded on March 22, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we are headed back to Walt Disney World to ride DINOSAUR atDisney’s Animal Kingdom.  The guide map describes this attraction in the following manner, “Take off on a rip-roaring prehistoric tour in the dark to save a dinosaur from extinction.  There is a height requirement of 40” for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the attraction as a Thrill ride with Small Drops that is Dark and Scary.  Fastpass+ is available for this attraction.

Before we head off to the Dino Institute, here are five fast facts about DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

1. DINOSAUR is a Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening Day attraction, opening with the park on April 22, 1998.

2. DINOSAUR uses the same ride vehicles and a very similar track layout to the Disneyland Attraction Indiana Jones and the Forbidden Eye.  The storylines are, obviously, different.

3.  For about 3 years after the attraction opened, it was called Countdown To Extinction.  The name was changed to DINOSAUR on May 1st, 2001 to tie in with the Disney movie of the same name.  A few subtle references to the older name can still be seen in the attraction, most notably on the ride vehicles that are each stamped with the name CTX Rover.

4.  The ride’s preshow stars Phylicia Rashad as Dr. Marsh and Wallace Langham as Dr. Seeker.  The attraction stars 11 audio-animatronic dinosaurs including one of the star of the Disney film Dinosaur, Aladar,

5.  Finally, in the loading are, guests can look up and see three pipes, one red, one yellow and one white.  All three have chemical formulas written on them.  These are the formulas for Ketchup, Mustard and Mayonnaise.  This is a throwback easter egg from when the ride was originally sponsored by McDonalds.

With the learning out of the way, let’s hop in our Rovers and head back in time and ride DINOSAUR.  I have included the preshow in this recording but I have edited a bit of the time between the preshow and boarding the ride vehicles so things move a little quicker.  Along for the fun today is John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts oaths attraction.  If you’d like to see our ride photo from this ride through, beside to visit the show notes page for this episode, episode 45 over at AttractionChecklist.com.  As usual, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, now is the time to put them on as we are headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to ride DINOSAUR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #44

March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World just reopened after having one of it’s iconic scenes redone.  John B. deHaas and I take a ride on it and give you our thoughts on this newly refreshed ride.  Recorded on March 21, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me.  It is time to head to Walt Disney World and experience the recently updated, Pirates of the Caribbean.  Located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom, the guide map describes this attraction in the following manner: Embark on a voyage to a time when pirates ruled the sea. The thrill lever describes the ride as being slow, dark and having small drops.  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and FastPass Plus is available.

Now, before we set sail, here are five fast facts about Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Magic Kingdom on December 16, 1973.

2. The attraction features a whopping 126 animatronic figures and 69 of them are pirates.  The flume for the attraction contains around three quarter of a million gallons of water that cycles through at about 18,000gallons per minute.

3.  The attraction’s theme song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” was written by George Bruns and X. Atencio.

4.  Over the years several changes to some of the themes in the attraction have been tweaked to stay current with the sensibilities of the time but the biggest change to the attraction came in 2006 when elements from the films the attraction inspired were added to the attraction in the form of a new overall storyline featuring Johnny Depp’s character from the films, Captain Jack Sparrow.

5.  In March of 2018, the attraction reopened from a refurbishment with even more changes and the ‘Bride Auction’ scene now featured the pirates selling off goods from the village and the iconic Redhead in the scene is now a pirate herself, who helps keep the rowdy pirates in line.  The audio for today’s episode was recorded just a few days after that reopening.

Let’s now waste any more time, let’s experience Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on the updated version of the attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we experience Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

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The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – Disneyland – Attraction Checklist #43

March 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode takes us to Critter Country in Disneyland to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.  First we learn a little about the attraction and then hop in a beehive and experience the ride.  Recorded on February 20, 2018.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

It’s time to head to Critter Country in Disneyland to ride the infamous dark ride, The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.  Disneyland guide maps at the time of this recording don’t offer a description for the ride but the Disneyland website says, “Travel through Hundred Acre Wood in an oversized beehive and immerse yourself in the stories of Winnie The Pooh.”  There are no height restrictions for this attraction and the Thrill level describes it as being A slow Ride that is dark and loud.  Before we hop in our beehive, here are five fast facts about Disneyland’s The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.

1. The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh opened at Disneyland on April 11, 2003.  To some controversy, especially to me, it replaced the The Country Bear Jamboree that had occupied the land since 1972.

2. Before it’s opening, there were many different plans for a Winnie The Pooh attraction including an outdoor boat ride in Fantasyland and a spinning tea cups-like attraction that would have been housed in Toon Town.  These were all shelved and the Critter Country location was finally chosen.

3.  To make it appear that Winnie the Pooh is having an ‘out of body’ dream experience before the Heffalumps and Woozles sequence, imagineers use what is called the Pepper’s Ghost effect.  This same technique is widely used in another Disney attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

4.  Like Fantasyland dark ride attractions, each of the 22 beehive ride vehicles bears a different name.  These include Piglet, Rabbit and Heffalump among others.

5.  To pay homage to what came before, three characters from the Country Bear Jamboree can be spotted in The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.  The busts of Max, Buff and Melvin that once hung in the Mile Long Bar restaurant, can be seen if you you know where to look as you exit the Heffelumps and Woozles scene on the attraction.  Also, the narrator is played by Peter Renaday who served as the voice of Henry in the Country Bear Jamboree.

And now let’s experience The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.  Along for the ride today is Suzie and after we ride, we’ll give you our thoughts on this attraction, and believe me, I have much to say.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we are about to experience Disneyland’s The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh!

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Living With The Land – EPCOT – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #42

February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – EPCOT is our destination this episode as we head to The Land pavilion to ride  Living With The Land.  John B. deHaas is joining us once again and he tells us of the time he almost worked on this attraction.  The audio quality on this one is especially good.  A must listen.   Recorded on August 14, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode, by request, we head back to EPCOT in Walt Disney World to ride The Land pavilion’s signature attraction, Living With The Land.  As of this recording, this attraction has a sponsor as it it presented by Chiquita.  The guide map describes this attraction in the following manner, “Sail through the greenhouses of The Land to see nine-pound lemons and more.”  Seriously, that’s how this attraction is described in the guide map.  The Thrill Level describes this attraction as being a Slow Ride.  Before we go check out those nine-pound lemons, here are five fast facts about Living with the Land.

1. Living with the Land is an EPCOT opening day attraction having opened with the park on October 2, 1982.  When it opened the attraction opened, it was called Listen to the Land but the name was changed in 1993.

2. There are 35 animatronics in this attraction including monkeys, buffalo, goats a dog and a rooster to name a few.  Perhaps to drive home the thought of living with the natural environment, there are no human animatronics on the attraction.

3.  The audio animatronics seen during the American Prairie sequence of the ride, we actually built before EPCOT even opened.  They were originally meant to be part of a Magic Kingdom attraction called the Western River Expedition, but that ride was scrapped in favor of building Pirates of the Caribbean instead.

4.  As you pass by the farmhouse, you’ll see the number ’82’ painted on the mailbox.  This is a small tribute to the year EPCOT opened, 1982.

5.  When the attraction originally opened, each boat was captained by a cast member who took you on the tour, these were later replaced by a pre=recorded narration.  Also, the attraction used to feature the classic song, “Listen To The Land” written by Bob Moline.  Though the song is no longer featured on the ride, an instrumental version of it plays in the land pavilion several times a day.

And now, let’s ride Living with the Land.  Joining me today is John B. deHaas and after the ride audio we’ll give you our shouts on this classic attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we are about to experience Living with the Land at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT!

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Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #41

February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to experience an iconic Disney attraction, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  Joining me is John B. deHaas.  We learn a little about the attraction and then give it a ride.  Recorded on May 25, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

It’s time to experience a classic!  This episode we head to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to take a spin on Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.  Located in Tomorrowland, the guide map describes this attraction thusly, “Travel through the 20th Century to see how technology has improved our way of life.”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the thrill level describes this attraction as being a slow ride.  Before we answer the age old question of just what is shining at the end of every day, here are five fast facts about Walt Disney’s Carousel of progress.

1. In the 1950’s Walt Disney came up with the foundation of the idea for the Carousel of Progress but the technology available to the Imagineers at the time made it impossible.  It wasn’t until General Electric approached Walt Disney to develop a show for the 1964//65 World’s Fair that Walt was able to make the show a reality, opening on April 22, 1964.  After a successful run at the Fair, the show was moved to Disneyland where it opened on July 2, 1967.  The show ran at Disneyland until September 1973 when it was moved, at General Electric’s urging, to Walt Disney World.  The show opened at the Magic Kingdom on January 15, 1975 and still runs daily at the time of this recording.

2.  The carousel theatre concept, where the audience revolves around the stage, was developed by a team of imagineers led by Bob Gurr and Roger E. Broggie.  This allowed the guests to remain seated during the duration of the show rather than getting up and moving to the next theatre as had been the original plan.

3.  The attraction’s iconic song, There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow’ was written by Disney Legends, The Sherman Brothers.  When it first opened at Walt Disney World, it had a new song, also written by the Sherman Brothers called The Best Time Of Your Life.  In 1993, when the show was given a major overhaul and an update, There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow returned to the show.  The Sherman Brothers have stated that that song, There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow was Walt Disney’s Theme Song as he was always so optimistic about the future.

4.  The show’s original narrator, playing the part of the father, was singing cowboy Rex Allen.  When the show was overhauled in 1993, that role went to radio personality Jean Shepherd, author of the stories that inspired the movie A Christmas Story.  Rex Allen was still in the show, this time playing the Grandfather in Act 3.  One other voiceover note, Mel Blanc, the legendary voice actor behind Bugs Bunny and Daffy duck, plays Uncle Orville in the show.  And Janet Waldo who voices the grandmother in Act 4 was also the voice of Judy Jetson on The Jetsons

5.  Of the 32 different audio animatronic figures in the attraction, a crowd favorite is Rover, the family dog.  In the current show, Rover is the dog’s name the entire time.  When the attraction first opened at Walt Disney World, the dog had a different name in every scene including Buster, Sprot, Quieenie and Rover.

Now let’s sit back and enjoy Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.  Joining me today is John B. dehaas and after the ride audio we’ll give you our shouts on this classic attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we are about to experience Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at Walt Disney WOrld’s Magic Kingdom!

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Stitch’s Great Escape! – Magic Kingdom – Walt Disney World

January 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s head to Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to experience Stitch’s Great Escape!  We learn a little about the attraction and then hear it in binaural audio!  Recorded on May 25, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT:

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World to experience the Tomorrowland attraction Stitch’s Great Escape!  The guide map says: Interact with a mischievous Stitch in this dark theatre-in-the-round experience.  There is a height requirement of 40” for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes Stitch’s Great Escape! as being Dark, Scary and Loud.

1. Stitch’s Great Escape opened at The Magic Kingdom on November 16, 2004.  To celebrate the attraction’s opening, Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom was covered in toilet paper.  Supposedly a prank by Experiment 626, Stitch, himself.

2.  Stitch’s Great escape is the fourth attraction to occupy this show building in Tomorrowland.  The original right was Flight To The Moon which later became Mission to Mars.  After that, the building was home for ExtraTERRORestriel Alien Encounter.  When that ride was shuttered, Stitch’s Great Escape moved in.

3.  Several show elements from Alien Encounter remain in Stitch’s Great Escape.  Including the alien known as Skippy during the pre-show.

4.  With the attraction being based on the film Lilo and Stitch, many of the voice actors from the film reprise their roles in this attraction.  This includes Kevin MacDonald as pleakly and Chris Sanders as Stitch.  The storyline of this attraction takes place before the events of the movie.

5.  The Stitch audio animatronic built for the show stands approximately 39” tall and is, reportedly, the first audio animatronic ever to spit.

Now, let’s check out Stitch’s Great Escape.  I have edited down the audio during the transitions between rooms to make the show flow a bit quicker.  Keep listening after the attraction audio I’ll give you my thoughts on this attraction and if you have headphones, put them on now as this is a binaural recording of Stitch’s Great Escape at Walt Disney WOrld’s Magic Kingdom.

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