WDW New Today is reporting that Stitch’s Great Escape is scheduled to change to a seasonal operation scheduled beginning on October 2nd. The attraction is scheduled to be open from November 19 – 26 and December 17 – January 2. These two blocks are among the most popular weeks at Walt Disney World when all attractions receive a longer than average wait time. Outside of peak seasons the wait times for Stitch’s Great Escape are typically minimal and many guests report this as a ride that is acceptable to skip or bypass in order to focus energy on other attractions.
There have been rumors circulating about the attraction for a while with the possibility of a Wreck-It Ralph attraction reported to be in the works to take over. The seasonal operation schedule is just another nail in the coffin as far as Disney fans are concerned. The only Disney attraction to move to a seasonal schedule and make a grand return to a normal operating schedule is Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, which holds a special piece of nostalgia at Disney World. Stitch’s Great Escape just doesn’t have this nostalgia or appeal, so no one will be surprised when a permanent closure is announced.
As always, we will keep you posted as we learn more about the future for this attraction and other changes around Walt Disney World.