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  • Christmas Rushed: The attraction opened just thirteen months after its predecessor closed. Having such a short development time really didn't help this attraction.
  • Fan Nickname: Inverted; "Stitch's Great Mistake!" was one nickname its many detractors gave it.
  • Franchise Killer: The incredibly poor reception of this attraction, the continued misplaced grudge that a number of American Disney Parks fans have against Stitch because of this ride poorly replacing the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter and the character's then-overmarketing, and the franchise's loss of American popularity—which the ride actually marked the beginning of—killed off any prospects of another Lilo & Stitch attraction or show ever running in the United States,note  including any chances of an American port of the better-received Stitch Encounter.
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  • Production Posse: Many animators who worked on Lilo & Stitch assisted Walt Disney Imagineering for this attraction.
  • Prop Recycling: This attraction reused a lot of components from its predecessor, the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, from Skippy to the show theaters. Many of the X-S Tech logos survived the transformation, which gives you an idea of how quickly construction went. Speaking of Skippy, it should be noted that the "doughnut guy" was actually the previous deformed Skippy (rattled by the first teleportation in Alien Encounter's pre-show) repurposed as a new character, while pre-teleportation Skippy was the hoodlum in for "jaywalking between the moons of Jupiter".
  • Role Reprise: Some of the original voice cast reprised their roles for the attraction, including Kevin McDonald as Agent Pleakley, Zoe Caldwell as the Grand Councilwoman, Kevin Michael Richardson as Captain Gantu, and of course, original film director/writer Chris Sanders as none other than Experiment 626/Stitch himself.
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