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Captain EO Returning to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on April 28th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Captain EO Returning to Walt Disney World

Yes, you read right…the classic 3-D film experience “Captain EO” is coming back to Walt Disney World Resort this summer just months after it reopened to rave reviews at Disneyland park. The 17-minute musical space-fantasy adventure film is now scheduled to begin at Epcot on July 2.

I remember enjoying “Captain EO” during its original run at Epcot from 1986 -1994. But for some of you, it’ll be a new experience. The film features Michael Jackson as “Captain EO” and a crew of Disney-created space characters. During their journey, the group uses the power of dance, light and music to turn a colorless planet into a world of color and happiness.

And there’s more. “Captain EO” will be returning to other Disney Parks locations. It’s scheduled to open at Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 July 1 and Disneyland Paris on June 12. We’ll have more details on the film’s return to Walt Disney World in upcoming weeks but we wanted Disney Parks Blog readers to be among the first to know. Please check back for updates.

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Duane from FL on April 28th, 2010 at 9:02 am

GREAT NEWS!!!! Cannot wait….. Thank You!!!

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Linnette on April 28th, 2010 at 9:04 am

GREAT NEWS!

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Evan on April 28th, 2010 at 9:04 am

Thrilled that it’s back…

…but not that I’ll be missing it by just a few days! Why didn’t it open when the Disneyland version opened?

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Evan on April 28th, 2010 at 9:19 am

Also…think it’ll last until December? I might be back in WDW by then.

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Allison on April 28th, 2010 at 9:22 am

How long will it be there? We wont be back until the winter. I remember seeing this as a kid and look forward to seeing it again

 

Thomas Smith on April 29th, 2010 at 10:11 am

It’ll run until at least the end of this year – the final closing date is TBD.

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Brett from SK on April 28th, 2010 at 9:30 am

YES!! Cannot wait to see this again!! Saw it when I was younger and always hoped to see it again!! Will be there on July 4th and will get a number of views in during our two weeks down there!! Great News!!!

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Karen on April 28th, 2010 at 9:38 am

Woo hoo! How exciting! I hope it lasts until October!

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Katharine from FL on April 28th, 2010 at 10:13 am

Guess I’m in the minority here – yuck…

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Paul on April 28th, 2010 at 10:15 am

Will EO still be playing in December? We are heading down the day after Christmas and I’m hoping to catch it then.

 

Thomas Smith on April 29th, 2010 at 10:16 am

Yes, you’ll be able to see it in December. First time?

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Cindy from FL on April 28th, 2010 at 10:19 am

I sooo want my kids to see this. I hope we can get to the park while it is there.

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Terese from IL on April 28th, 2010 at 10:20 am

AWESOME!! I really missed it after it left…SO glad it’s coming back! I’ll be there in October…REALLY hope it’s still there!

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Sherri from PA on April 28th, 2010 at 10:33 am

Where will it be showing in Epcot and for how long? I hope it will be there in August for our next trip!

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Cris from AL on April 28th, 2010 at 10:48 am

Will this be taking the place of Honey I Shrunk the Audience?

 

Thomas Smith on April 28th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Yes, “Honey, I Shrunk The Audience” will close to make way for the Captain’s return.

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Heidi on April 28th, 2010 at 10:57 am

Woohoo! :)
One question though: Does this mean it’s only there for this summer only or do you mean it opens this summer and will be open past summer too? Love ya, Michael! :)

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SANDra from MO on April 28th, 2010 at 10:59 am

We were wondering what NEW thing we could do on this trip. I found it. We did not start our yearly trips until after 1994 so this is completely new to us. Thank you for always comming up with something we have not done or seen before.

 

Thomas Smith on April 28th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Great…glad to hear you’ll be able to enjoy it.

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Marci on April 28th, 2010 at 11:29 am

I hope it will only be there temporarily. I AM glad to see Honey I Shrunk the Audience go, but that theater could be SO much more than just a place to stick Captain EO. I haven’t seen EO since I was 10 years old so I am excited to see it again…but with all of the incredible 3D movies coming out now I REALLY hope Disney will create something that will blow us all away.

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Jason from DE on April 28th, 2010 at 11:41 am

AWSOME! I hope it will still be there what I visit in December 2010!

 

Thomas Smith on April 29th, 2010 at 10:18 am

It will, Jason. December is one of my favorite times to be in the parks.

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Fred from CA on April 28th, 2010 at 11:48 am

“Why didn’t it open when the Disneyland version opened?”

Evan–If I were to guess, its probably because they hadn’t yet made the decision to bring it to Epcot.

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Robert from NC on April 28th, 2010 at 11:49 am

Please keep it there until just after New Years Day!

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Joana from MI on April 28th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

YAY! I remember seeing this right after it opened on my first trip to disney..but it was closed by the time we went back for the 2nd trip. I’m going in August for my 10th trip, so I’m excited to see this again!!

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Michael on April 28th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I’m with you all here. We’ll be there in October and I hope it’s still open then.

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Charlie from SC on April 28th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

After opening in DL and the announcement that it was opening in Tokyo, I had hoped it was only a matter of time before it came back to EPCOT. I am so excited that it is! But like most everyone else, I am very curious about how long it will be there. I just finished this year’s trip so it will be next year before I get back. Of course, I could be pursuaded to visit again this year! :-) not a lot of arm twisting would be needed!

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Charles on April 28th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Oh, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about it not being there anytime soon.

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Dianne from WA on April 28th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I’m so glad this is going to be back! I didn’t like it when they took it out in the first place. But it’s nice to keep things fresh. Wooo HOOO!

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Maria on April 28th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Glad to hear it! It’s been awesome having it out here in California. I remember its original run when I was a little girl, and I’m glad my friends out East have the opportunity to watch it in Orlando now!

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Dale from MD on April 28th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Would like to see Dreamfinder back too!

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Geoff from WI on April 28th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Fantastic news! Making my next trip down in December, can’t wait to see it at Epcot!

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Sarah on April 28th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

THANK YOU! This is great news! Please keep it for good, or at least through winter!

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kristin on April 28th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

OMG I used to love that!! I was just sitting here with a friend going over old disney rides and attractions that we’d like to see come back and that was DEFINITELY on the top of the list! Please keep it there til the end of the year AT LEAST! I’m coming to disney world for my honeymoon starting Nov. 2nd!

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Priscilla on April 28th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

How exciting! I only saw it once back in 1989 and I loved it. I hope it lasts until August as we just came back yesterday from WDW and won’t go again until end of summer. I’m hoping my daughter gets to see it too!

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Anonymous on April 28th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I can’t wait! To bad it won’t be open for out May trip….I hope it will be for our Oct/Nov one.

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Lauren from PA on April 28th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Any news on how long it will run at Epcot? I’d hate to miss it! But, we’re going in May and September.

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Craig from NY on April 28th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

where in EPCOT is “Captain EO going to be?

 

Thomas Smith on April 28th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Hi Craig…Imagination Pavilion at Epcot.

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Harriet on April 28th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Good counter-programming to offset some of the excitement over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I must have seen EO at least a dozen times, and it will be very nostalgic to see it again!

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Christy from PA on April 28th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Ahhhh! ELATED to hear this!!! And soooo bummed that my trip to Disney World is planned for mid-June. I haven’t been there since Captain EO originally debuted in the late 80′s! And to think that I’m just missing it by weeks… :o(

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Kelly on April 28th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I AM THRILLED. Hope it’s there until October!!

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Jeff from VA on April 28th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thank you for finally removing Honey I Shrunk the Audience! Now please bring back the Dreamfinder!

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Christopher on April 28th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

WooHoo!!! I am so excited. I’ll be at Walt Disney World from July 13-21 and plan on seeing it multiple times!!

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Nancy on April 28th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Will it still be at Epoct in August???? that is when my family are going!!! I would LOVE for my 7 year old daughter to see it!!!! WOW!!! wonderful news!!!! Thank you whomever thought of the idea!!!

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Amanda on April 28th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

WOW! I remember seeing it and now I can share it with my daughter, we just got our annual passes so we will deffinitely be able to enjoy it!

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Shannon on April 28th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Wonderful! We’ll be there in August. My boys will love it.
We did Honey I Shrunk The Audience last year. That was plenty. I’m sure when it was created it was cool, but it is time. Some attractions age better than others. Thanks for adding another family-friendly attraction to Epcot.

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Ginger on April 28th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

This will be a first for me…but I’m sure it will be cool seeing something from Disney park’s past!!

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vivian from TX on April 28th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Great we’ll be there July 5 can’t wait

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barbara from NY on April 28th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I always loved captain eo, i am so happy that i will now be able to share it with my children, i know they will love it too!

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Chuck on April 28th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Can’t wait. I’m going with some friends around Christmas time, will be excited to see this and the MSEP!

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Michael on April 28th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Thank you for listening to us.

 

Thomas Smith on April 28th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Sure. Thank you for the great feedback.

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Dan from CT on April 28th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

So will Honey I Shrunk the Audience be shut down permanently? Oh is this a temporary deal, cause i really like HISTA =(

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Justin from FL on April 28th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

This is GREAT news. Will we get new ‘merchentainment’ or will we have the same stuff as Anaheim?

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Crystal on April 28th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

This is fantastic! My daughter was so excited to hear this but bummed because she thinks we are not returning to Disney World until June 2011. Little does she know, Mommy has a surprise trip planned for July! I am so thrilled! Thanks for this Disney!

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Brice on April 28th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Will Epcot be getting the Captain EO merchandise that Disneyland got?

 

Thomas Smith on April 29th, 2010 at 10:20 am

Checking on this, Brice. May be a good future blog post. Thanks.

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