Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9:35AM
In this episode we continue our RetroMagic series and revisit Tomorrowland 1994 by looking at one of the most memorable Tomorrowland attractions, The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.
The attraction was a collaboration between Disney and George Lucas.
Alien Encounter first opened in December of 1994, but closed after a few days and the preshow was re-imagined and opened in June of 1995. Most notable changes were to the S.I.R. robot that was first voiced by Phil Hartman and later by Tim Curry.
The preshow starred a young Tyra Banks, however her voice was dubbed by another actress. The preshow also set the stage and presented guests with the fictional back story of the XS Tech company.
The second preshow area was a presentation by S.I.R. which stood for Simulated Intelligence Robotics. He the robot presented the Hyperpatial Transport machine; the XS series 1000, which could be used to transport people or things to another space entirely. The demonstration showed a lovable Skippy character who was transported with noticeable defects.
From there the audience is moved into the actual demonstration of an audience member to XS Tech. Guests moved into a round theater that surrounded a large teleportation tube where. Long Story Short: Things went horribly wrong and an alien monster is let loose in a dark theater where guests are locked into their seats.
Probably the best part of the attraction was dynamic back story that guests were presented with. Another great component about this attraction was the fact that it was a sensory thrill attraction.
Happy Birthday Mom!