Alien Encounter: The Life and Death of Walt Disney World's Scariest Ride Ever
Great article about the Alien Encounter attraction. Interesting what went on behind the scenes. Definitely did not fit with the Tomorrowland vision.
From Mental Floss:
"Many of the theme park’s more seasoned Imagineers opposed a ride that was not only based on an R-rated property, but contradicted Walt Disney’s optimistic vision of tomorrow."
I was a teenager when Alien Encounter opened and LOVED it! I agree that it was not a good fit for Disney, especially in the Magic Kingdom. But I still hated to see it go.
Even though the "generic" alien was pretty menacing, I can only imagine how awesome it would have been if they had used the Xenomorph from "Alien." Of course, that would have been even more of a bad fit for Disney.
Suppose Universal Studios had partnered to make an "Alien"-themed ride like this? It might still be around today!