"Mankind is in the midst of the most profound event in history – actual contact with intelligent life from other planets. For nearly 50 years, officials have been documenting routine alien encounters here on earth, and thousands of people have seen or experienced this alien presence. Yet many others still refuse to acknowledge the obvious evidence all around them. From beyond the boundaries of our perceptions, intelligent beings are beckoning mankind to join the galactic community."
~ From the Walt Disney Television special UFO documentary Alien Encounters
Today on Discovery Enterprise we present Walt Disney Studio’s “Lost” UFO documentary Alien Encounters, a one hour documentary that aired only once, and with no advance notice on stations in only five US cities.
|ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter|
The broadcast of this documentary coincided with the opening of the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (often abbreviated Alien Encounter) a "theater-in-the-round" attraction in the Tomorrowland section of 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. This attraction closed down in December, 2003.
This documentary along with its associated theme park attraction was mostly rooted in the pseudo-scientific lore and associated mythology of Ufology, such as alien abductions and alleged military and government cover-ups.
|Flying Saucers over the Magic Kingdom|
So when viewing this documentary do not expect to see any new revelations. Personally I hope this was Disney’s first and last foray into pseudoscience.
Disney's Alien Encounter
Disney's Alien Encounter original preshow This is the original preshow to the Alien Encounter attraction, starring Phil Hartman as a bumbling presentation robot for XS Tech. In this version, the preshow tries to establish XS Tech as a bunch of incompetents. Skippy emerges as the defacto hero of the show, unlike the revised version in which he was deliberately (and rather sadistically, I thought) fried by the blatantly evil robot voiced by Tim Curry.