Imagineer22 Posted August 6, 2011 Share Posted August 6, 2011 ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter was the ultimate dark 'ride' experience. Fist time I rode it I was terrified going into the attraction because I didn't know what to expect but I was never actually scared in the chamber. The anticipation got me everytime (especially the preshow with S.I.R and Skippy!). It was always a great experience that unfortanately went over a lot of peoples heads as a form of entertainment, especially parents who don't pay attention to the numerous warnings and announcements. Everything really came together with that attraction from clever script writting (gotta love XS Tech!) and incredible special effects that culminated in a sensory experience unlike anything else. It was a real shame that Disney replaced it with Stitch. I love Stitch as a character but the attraction really doesn't work anymore, the chili dog is just plain nasty and the effects (aside from the animatronic) are just boring. Alien Encounter was intense using louder/thoughtful audio and really made you believe a man eating creature was all over that room, even after many rides. Stitch seams very contrived and you never really get the sense that he is in the room with you and the story is just boring and uneventful. Alien Encounter had mini experiences that built the story from the first preshow to the chamber that climaxed in a spetactular fashion. The sequence of the alien 'breathing' and 'touching' you was always fun as everyone around you is screaming from the suprise of the alien tounge. You know its not real but the tension of when it will happen to you was fantastic. I especially loved the ending with the bass rumbling the theater and the chairs thumping as the teleporter is overloading with 'XS' power until the alien exploded with a blast of air and water a split second before the lights came on to the teleporter closing. That sequence made me clinch the arm rest everytime, not becuase it was 'scary' but your senses told you something big is about to happen. I hope Disney reimagines this technology into ride vehicles somehow and makes a true ride out of it. I can imagine an incredible storm ride experience with enhanced sensory ride vehicles that have motion like Spiderman's vehicles to simulate hurricanes and tornados using audio and video effects.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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