Pop star Michael Jackson died in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon shortly after going into cardiac arrest.
Michael Jackson in the starring role of Captain EO, a former 3-D film attraction at Disney theme parks worldwide.
The “King of Pop” died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after being rushed by ambulance from his rented Holmby Hills home. A team of doctors tried to resuscitate Jackson for more than an hour before he was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm.
Jackson was age 50.
Theme park fans may remember the recording legend for his starring role in the Disney theme park attraction − Captain EO.
The $30 million Captain EO was the first Disney attraction to use 3-D special effects and it was also at the time the most costly film produced on a per-minute basis. The on-screen action was brought into the auditorium with laser effects, smoke, strobes and other off-screen effects.
Jackson recorded two original songs for the attraction − “Another Part of Me” and “We Are Here to Change the World”.
The attraction was eventually replaced at both Disneyland and EPCOT by the Honey I Shrunk The Audience 3D film. Its final showings were at the Disneyland Paris park on August 17, 1998.
Michael Jackson visited Disneyland Paris in 1992, here are some photos and video footage of his visit.
Michael Jackson hugs Minnie Mouse during his visit to Disneyalnd Paris in 1992.
Here is a item from TTG Live reporting from the UK Cruise Convention which was recently held in Dover that hints at what a forthcoming Disney Cruise Line announcement might be.
Disney Cruise Line is expected to announce European deployment for its fleet after it takes delivery of two new ships, Fantasy and Dream, in 2011 and 2012.
The new ships will increase the line’s fleet to four and herald a push to grow a market outside of its core US for the first time. In the UK, leading retailer Reader Offers is already selling Disney cruises out of Dover and Barcelona to the Mediterranean and the Baltic next year.
To date, Disney has never had to promote its cruises in the UK because the popularity of the product meant it was guaranteed to sell out in the US. Peter Welch, Disney’s UK vice-president, gave delegates at the UK Cruise Convention in Dover this week a hint at what the forthcoming announcement might be.
“In the next few months we will be sharing information about what these two new ships will be doing,” he said.
“Needless to say we are here in Dover so that gives you a clue as to what might be happening.
“He said the line would be exploring new opportunities with the UK travel trade”.
“We constantly look at way to increase and develop our product while looking at new itineraries”.
“When we started our cruise line in the 90s we believed we could give our families a totally different experience”.
“Welch said he believed quality brands would come to the fore during the current economic crisis. “It’s quality brands that make a difference and make your industry a success,” he said.
“Events like this give us a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourselves in these wonderful brands but for Disney the key for us is to speak to you and to listen to you and what your consumers are telling you about the industry we are in.
“We look forward to the potential the UK market can give Disney Cruise Line.”
Disneyland Paris plans to recruit 7,000 staff this year and the company has embarked on a European recruitment campaign to search for the right candidates.
On Wednesday 24th June HR staff from the resort are visiting the Walt Disney Company’s UK office in Hammersmith London to source employees for positions in sales, hotel and hospitality roles.
Employees recruited this week can sign contracts for the summer, Halloween or Christmas as well as open-ended contracts from September 2009.
Jean Noel Thiollier, director of employment and remuneration at Disneyland Paris, said: “Disneyland Paris is a unique and diverse company where 14,000 professionals from more than 100 nationas work in a single site. To reinforce our activity we are constantly seeking new talents in more than 500 vocations. “Working at Disneyland Paris is a chance to gain professional experience in an international environment, learn and grow.”
The organisation has launched a new websiteon which anyone, who is over 18 and can speak French can apply.
If you are a SingStar fan you might be interested to know that Argos has SingStar Singalong Disney for sale at £4.59 in their End of Catalogue Sale which runs untill the 24 July.
Here is the track list:
101 Dalmatians – Cruella De Vil
Aladdin – A Whole New World
The Aristocats – Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat
Beauty And The Beast – Beauty And The Beast
Cinderella – Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo
Cinderella – The Work Song
The Jungle Book – Bare Necessities
The Jungle Book – I Wanna Be Like You
Lady And The Tramp – He’s A Tramp
The Lion King – The Circle Of Life
The Lion King – I Just Can’t Wait To Be King
The Little Mermaid – Kiss The Girl
The Little Mermaid – Under The Sea
Peter Pan – Following The Leader
Peter Pan – You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
Sleeping Beauty – I Wonder
Sleeping Beauty – Once Upon A Dream
Tarzan – Son Of Man
Toy Story – You’ve Got A Friend In Me
Winnie The Pooh – Winnie The Pooh