Shattering glass. Pitch black darkness. Pulsing heartbeats. A guttural purring growl inches from your ear. Warm, thick drool drips against your neck. Wings beat against the stagnant dusty air thick with breathless horror. Sparks illuminate a twisted, spider-like figure with gnashing fangs and horrible claws. Blood splatters down from the ceiling as you grip your harnesses in terror. This is the end.
Sounds like something out of a nightmare, right? But for eight years, this experience was the norm. Every ten minutes or so, a horrific interstellar alien was set loose on unsuspecting guests at Magic Kingdom Park. With one of the shortest life spans of any attraction to occupy a Disney Park, The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (emphasis included) has developed a cult following from those who experienced – and in some cases were devastated by – Disney’s edgiest attraction.
As the first in our In-Depth Retrospective series, we’re going to dive headfirst into the tale of this long-lost attraction, discussing the history and lore that surround it. As time marches on, fewer and fewer guests can actually recall what Alien Encounter was like, so we’ll walk you through the harrowing experience from the entrance doors to the exit and then discuss what brought about its demise. Could Alien Encounter have found a new home at Disneyland Resort? What of the original attraction remains today? Let’s look back together.
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