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Alien Encounter

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At A Glance 20 minute moderately scary attraction with audio-animatronics and theatrical effects. There is a minimum height restriction of 44 inches that applies to the Alien Encounter attraction.


The centerpiece of Tomorrowland is the Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center , which hosts a presentation by a mysterious company called XS-Tech, whose objective is to impress the audience by their latest high tech products, and most particularly by their latest teleporter technology.

The pre-show area provides a mini demo of their transporter technology, with a small furry character called Skippy (no relation to the Bush Kangeroo), being teleported from one bell-jar to another at opposite ends of the room. The special effects used to create the illusion of teleportation are actually quite realistic, even if fairly simple.

After the less than successful demonstration, guests are ushered into the auditorium for the main presentation. A much larger teleportation device is located in the center of the room, and screens around the room display a live transmission from a remote planet, ans X-S Tech's chairman volunteers to be the subject of the first live teleportation experiment to Earth.

Needless to say, the teleport goes wrong, and an Alien materialises in the chamber in place of the expected Chairman. The Alien then breaks out of the restraining chamber. At this point the lights go out, and the special effects take over to provide what can be a very funny, or very scary experience, depending on your point of view.

Throughout the 20 minute presentation, you are held firmly in your seat by a shoulder harness, but it's more for effect than anything, since the most violent movement in the attraction is a little shaking of the seat at a couple points, and it's certainly nothing that would actually require any form of harness. (In fact it's probably more to prevent people from trying to leave the attraction and find their own way out of the darkened room than anything).

Note that this attraction is designed to be reasonably scary, and so is almost certainly unsuitable for younger children, and those of a potentially nervous disposition. The attraction also has a minimum height restriction of 44 inches due to the use of the harness.



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