It’s here — the classic 3-D film experience “Captain EO” has officially returned to the Walt Disney World Resort and you can already hear people humming the tunes around Epcot. Jaymes Gabourel and Andrea Smith, (pictured, above) were part of a group of early risers who got to see the first shows at the park this morning.
“Captain EO” will be now presented multiple times a day at the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot. So, who’s coming to see it?
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.
Celebrities often visit the Disneyland Resort. Today, Ryan Seacrest and Justin Bieber came to Disneyland park to catch a screening of Captain EO, and they brought a whole lot of people with them. It was all part of a contest on RyanSeacrest.com and kiisfm.com to give away tickets to the Parks.
Like many of the Disney fans who were at Disneyland Park on February 23, I am very excited to have Captain EO return to Tomorrowland. How I wish I could have been there for the re-opening (why hasn’t teleportation been invented yet?). I do, however, have something exciting to share. Julie Young, developer for open edition pins, just received artwork for a Captain EO pin that I thought you would like to see.
Julie said it would be an open edition pin that will arrive at Disneyland Park in early May. Stay tuned to DisneyPins.com for the latest updates.
Here they are! This photo shows some of the first guests to see “Captain EO” at Disneyland park. More than 500 guests lined up to try to snag seats to the first official showing at 10:00am Pacific this morning.
Since we first announced the return of “Captain EO” on the Disney Parks Blog, there has been an incredible response from fans, and we’ve received many enthusiastic emails and phone calls asking exactly when the classic “Captain EO” attraction featuring Michael Jackson will reopen.
Today, we are excited to give you an update on the Captain’s return!
On Tuesday, February 23, as a tribute to the magic, music and messages of “Captain EO,” the 3-D musical adventure is returning to the Tomorrowland theater in which it debuted. While it’s not possible to replicate some special effects elements from the original presentation, it will boast a new 70mm print of the film, and it will sound better than ever thanks to acoustic enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there in 1997.
1986 photo of “Captain EO” characters at Disneyland park.
Check back on the Disney Parks Blog next week for more updates. We’ll also share a special “Captain EO” announcement on Twitter early next week. To be the first to hear it, follow us on Twitter: @Disneyland.
Twenty-three years ago, at the height of his phenomenal entertainment career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney to create “Captain EO,” a groundbreaking 17-minute 3D film experience.
We are excited to confirm that the classic musical spectacular that thrilled Disneyland park guests from 1986 – 1997, will return for an exclusive, limited engagement at Disneyland park beginning in February 2010!
The attraction’s return to Tomorrowland will provide new audiences the opportunity to experience the original 3D production for the very first time, as well as a nostalgic look back for longtime fans wanting to see “The King of Pop” in a rare performance created for the big-screen, just one more time.