Skippy and S.I.R.

I was a bit dismayed to hear more announcements than normal that flat-out ‘banned’ photography from attractions. I know visiting Stitch's Great Escape was probably ill-advised, but I wanted to see the pre-show, which is still home to one of my favorite Disney characters, Skippy. While I was snapping pictures of Skippy, I got a tap on my shoulder, and was told that photography was not permitted.


I didn’t hear this in the announcement, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t stated. I was probably attempting to tone-out as much of the show as I could, for fear of it affecting my mental well-being. I have no idea why photography would be banned in that attraction, but my best guess is that they don’t want the outside world seeing how bad the attraction is until it’s too late. Photography doesn’t convey the suck-tacularness all too well, so I don’t see how this would be an issue.


There were a few other attractions that made the announcement (and unfortunately, the typically hit or miss cast members on Carousel of Progress made the announcement each time). I hope this is not indicative of any general trends.


  • Cory Disbrow 6y

    I got the announcement on several occasions this last trip, but the only one that flat out said no photography was COP. But the CM who said it conveniently walked out of the room and left us alone in the attraction, so I snapped away and had no problems. As for this, I'm really glad they left Skippy here even though I feel the rest of the attraction spiraled downward and is now kind of a waste of space in my opinion.
  • DisneyDreamin 6y

    "but my best guess is that they don’t want the outside world seeing how bad the attraction is until it’s too late" ROFL...awesome shot just the same!!

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  • Photogineer (Doug) 6y

    I am sad to here that Disney is taking this road to photography. I am glad to see you still got the shot. I will just have to pay more attention to where the cast members are before shooting. This will not stop me from at least trying. Viva La Resistance.
  • Don Sullivan 6y

    Great shot Tom. Skippy is indeed a favorite character in the MK.

    The messaging on photography seems to be so inconsistent lately you can't tell what the rules are. Some have always had the same rules, but the CM makes the difference on whether they announce it or not. I once got the tap for taking video in the stretch room in HM. It turned out they didn't care about the video, just having the LCD screen open.
  • CodyWDWfan 6y

    Suck-tacular indeed. Not your shot.. the ride. :P

    S.I.R. was 100x better than Sarge.
  • Doug 6y

    Very nice capture of what is probably the worst attraction at the parks. I've been in this only twice and each time I vowed to never return. The concept a Stitch attraction was noble but it could have been better conceived.
  • Philip Kippel 6y

    Nice photo, but I'm going to have to disagree with a lot of you folks.

    I like SGE and think that it's a far better fit for the MK than the all-too-violent Alien Encounter was and that SGE does not deserve the excess bashing that it gets from too many heartless diehards.

    SGE does not suck and does not garner as many complaints as AE did, despite what some purists may think.

    Please show SGE and those of us who do enjoy it a little more courtesy and respect.
  • Eugene1959 6y

    I get that some times at Disneyland. But as long I remember to keep my flash turned off I never have any problems. Great shot.
  • Wallyspam 6y

    Great photo! I've heard that announcement more often also.

    I could have sworn I saw you at the parks a couple of weeks ago. I was there with my daughter and saw you, and just thought I was seeing things. I had no idea you were there ;)
  • Sorin Petri 6y

    Awesome :-))
  • Tom Bricker 6y

    disneyphilip I don't know why I bother since you have yet to respond to any of my comments to you, but what about it is so good? It seems your opinions are crouched in a blind love for Disney, rather than with any critical or discerning thought.

    I can tell you that, having a friend who worked at this attraction, it still gets complaints (maybe it does get less complaints now, but then again, fewer people visit the attraction than before, when it typically had longer wait times. (I wonder why it had longer wait times...perhaps because it was better?!)). There is now no height restriction and the attraction is themed with a favorite character of many kids. Yet there are still loud noises and time in the dark. Previously, at least if people took kids inside who shouldn't have experienced the attraction, it was their own fault, as Disney provided more than ample warning.

    Moreover, WDW is a place for everyone, not just children. A well themed and satirical attraction, even a darker and more adult one, was a fine fit. It wasn't for kids. Tough luck. There are plenty of other attractions that exist that are for kids. What about Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain? Should those be ripped out because most people under the age of 7 can't experience them?

    I should probably just save my breath...
  • Cory Disbrow 6y

    Haha, Tom layin' the smack down!
  • Joe Penniston 6y

    Oh jeesh, get over it already Phillip.

    Nice shot here Tom... I heard the message but snuck some shots in anyway.
  • JLovely (DisRunner) 6y

    i have a feeling it gets less complaints because the disney regulars know better and don't ride it anymore. I've ridden SGE once since they changed it over from AE and that's enough for me. I might have to suffer through it in january when I bring a newbie to the World but I'm already dreading it. Phillip is hands down in the minority, lol.
  • Glenn Welch 6y mean to tell me that Disney's not allowing non-flash photography in certain attractions now? Wow. I'm shocked. I can only guess it's the light from the LCD screens on the cameras that they don't want bothering people, but that restriction should be for only certain attractions like the Hall of Presidents and the American Adventure. But in SGE or COP?

    Sorry...I didn't mean for this to be all about Disney policy. Tom--you take great photos (including this one) and I enjoy looking at your pictures and reading your entertaining trip reports.
  • Kristina Samaritano 6y

    Love the photo! Love Skippy! Hate the ride! LOL RIP Alien Encounter :(
  • Jonathan Dixon 6y

    I don't see why photography would not be allowed on this attraction. It only really gets terrible when you smell it...twice...
  • Alan Rappa 6y

    Gotta agree with you here - ever since they removed Alien Encounter I've all but forgotten there is even a replacement attraction in it's place. At first I thought it was just me and my general disdain for Stitch, but apparently it's just a poor attraction overall. Your photo does make me want to check out the attraction again for what that is worth.

    Hopefully it won't be long before it' gets yet another overhaul.

    And for the record, Alien Encounter is the only time I've ever had a cast member approach me and tell me no photography. She said, "It damages the ride". Go figure
  • Hillary Kladke 5y

    I really don't like how they turned this into a Stitch attraction. Honestly, I really liked the original -- I always cried as a little kid when Skippy was caught inside that tank... I even have a shirt with him on it! Awesome shot. I'm so glad they kept THIS part of the whole experience.
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