Michael Jackson fans from all over Europe descended upon Disneyland Paris yesturday (12 June 2010) for the reopening of The Captain EO attraction.
The attraction was offcially reopened by Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald. Guests and fans who wished to attend the first shows had to collect a special bracelet which were available from 6 am that morning.
Lots of Disney and Michael Jackson fans showed up, many dressed up for the occasion. The 3D film which stars Michael Jackson closed in 1998 to make way for Honey, I Shrunk the Audience.
Yesturday Disneyland Paris hosted a sneak preview of Captain EO, the 3D film starring Michael Jackson which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola with George Lucas as executive producer.
Captain EO was originally shown at Disney theme parks in the 1980s and 1990s. The attraction returned to Tomorrowland’s Magic Eye Theater at Disneyland in Anaheim on 23 February 2010 for an indefinite engagement. Captain EO is also returning to Tokyo Disneyland on 1st July and Walt Disney World on 2nd July.
Captain EO has replaced Honey, I Shrunk The Audience! at the Imagination Theatre in Discoveryland and will officially open on the 12 June.
The official Disney Parks Blog has given confirmation for the return of Captain EO to Disneyland Paris. After weeks of rumours by park Cast Members and a leaked internal memo it has been officaly confrimed that Captain EO the 3D movie starting Michael Jackson will return to Disneyland Paris on 12 June.
The rumours about the return of Captain EO to Disneyland Paris appear to be true! As I reported on the 11 April 2010 Honey, I Shrunk the Audience will close on the 3rd May and as of mid-June 2010 Michael Jackson’s Captain EO will return to Discoveryland.
Here is a copy of the DLP Management Flash dated 21 April from the DLRP Fan Blog.
Rumours of a return of Michael Jackson’s Captain EO
to Disneyland Paris have surfaced on the Disneyland Central Plaza
forum from a Cast Member that works on the Buzz Lightyear and Orbitron rides.
The rumours are that Honey I shrunk the Audience is closing at the end of April and Captain EO is making a return to the theatre from July 2010 for a one year run. Former Disney Imagineer Tim Delaney mentioned the possible return of Captian EO in an interview he did for the Season Pass Podcast a few weeks ago.
The attraction now entitled Captain EO Tribute re-opened at Disneyland park in Anaheim, California on 23 February 2010 and it’s return has been a huge success.
After the death of Michael Jackson on 25 June 2009, Captain EO regained popularity on the Internet. For several years, fans had petitioned Disney to bring back the attraction and Jackson’s death had brought this campaign to a peak.
Soon afterward, Disney officials were seen in Disneyland Anaheim at the Magic Eye Theater and reportedly held a private screening of Captain EO to determine if it could be shown again.
On 18 December 2009 it was announced that Captain EO would return to Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim beginning in February 2010. Social and Print Media Manager Heather Hust Rivera from Disneyland Resorts confirmed this on the DisneyParks Blog and stated that Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! would be closing.
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience hosted its final public showing in the Anaheim Magic Eye Theater (Now named the Tomorrowland Theater) at midnight on 4 January 2010 to make way for the Michael Jackson film’s return. It is reported that Captain EO will return to Tokyo Disneyland in the near future.
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.