Alien Encounters - New Tomorrowland
Evidence Suggesting the Existence of Life from other Planets


The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (often abbreviated Alien Encounter) was an attraction in the "theater-in-the-round," located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort.

It was a darkly humorous science-fiction experience that used binaural sound to achieve many of its effects.

Alien Encounters - New Tomorrowland

Alien Encounters - New Tomorrowland examines evidence suggesting the existence of life from other planets.

Disney CEO Michael Eisner opens this documentary originally aired from Feb 27th 1995 to Mar 26th 1995 without advance notice to 5 U.S. cities. Narrated by Robert Urich.


"Tonight we celebrate the New Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World in Florida with a television special that's out of this world. Hello, I'm Michael Eisner, head of the Walt Disney Company.”


It was said that George Lucas contributed to the attraction. A warning outside the attraction's entrance alerted guests that it was very intense; parents were recommended to not bring small children into the attraction.


It opened briefly for previews on December 16th, 1994, on the site of the former Mission to Mars attraction, but was ordered closed for retooling by then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner in January 1995.

It opened officially on June 20th, 1995, as part of the New Tomorrowland and closed permanently on October 12th, 2003 (possibly due to the attraction's dark nature and frightening concept).

It was replaced by Stitch's Great Escape!, which uses much of the same technology and set pieces, but is based on the 2002 film Lilo & Stitch.

While the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter was short-lived, it developed a cult following among Disney fans.

Some praised it for its sophisticated tone, in sharp contrast to other Tomorrowland attractions like Space Mountain and Astro Orbiter and attractions at all of Disney's theme parks.