It has been more than a year since Disney began seasonal operation for Stitch's Great Escape, and ever since that announcement was made, this attraction has been on deathwatch, as Disney has a history of making attractions “seasonal” before closing them forever. However, against all odds Stitch's Great Escape has come back a number of times over the past year, sometimes for several weeks at a time. In fact, though it is not operating now, Stitch's Great Escape will be opening back up for the Christmas holidays, just like that fruitcake you never want, but you get every year anyway.
However, though rumors have swirled for two years about the imminent demise of this attraction, it looks like it is rumor time again, as another purported permanent closure date has made its way online. However, we can't help but wonder if some changing circumstances at the Magic Kingdom (and in Tomorrowland in particular) might mean that this much-maligned attraction could actually be closing forever this time around...
1. New rumor lists January 6 as permanent closure date for Stitch's Great Escape
According to WDWNT, after Stitch reopens for the Christmas holiday period on December 23, 2017, the attraction will once again close January 6th, 2018. However, this time the attraction won't just be waiting for a seasonal reopening or a temporary reimagining as a character meeting. As of January 9th, the closure of this attraction (in all forms) will be permanent, and Disney will begin preparing this piece of prime piece of Tomorrowland real estate ready for something completely new (and not involving Stitch) that has yet to be announced.
Is this really happening this time around?
It may be hard to believe, but we've been talking about the imminent demise of Stitch's Great Escape for two years now, and every time a credible source seems to indicate that the end has finally come for this attraction, like a zombie, or daisies under snow, this attraction comes right back again, much to the chagrin of anti-fans of this attraction. However, no matter what your feelings are about this attraction, objectively, it seems like the time could finally be right for Disney to finally put this unpopular attraction out of its misery. And here's why: