Captain EO, a 3D movie starring Michael Jackson, is returning to Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on July 2nd. The show has already returned to Disneyland California and is scheduled to open at both Disneyland Tokyo and Paris this summer.
Michael Jackson along with Disney, producer George Lucas, and director Francis Ford Coppola created Captain EO. The 17-minute, 3D film ran at Epcot from 1986 to 1994 before being replaced by Honey I Shrunk the Audience.
According to the Orlando Senintel, there has been a movement for the revival since Jackson died unexpectedly last year. Public demand played a role in the comeback.
“It’s certainly rooted in guest feedback,” says Disney World spokesman Rick Sylvain. Response at Disneyland, where EO has been playing since February, has been “overwhelmingly positive,” he says.
The film has a futuristic, Epcot feel with its space warrior theme. Jackson plays the title character. Other recognizable actors include Anjelica Huston as “the Supreme Leader” and Dick Shawn as “Commander Bog.” (Shawn died in 1987.) One of the captain’s alien crew is a flying sidekick called Fuzzball. It features two songs by Jackson: “We Are Here to Change the World” and “Another Part of Me.”
Check out this video excerpt of Michael Jackson, as Captain EO, performing “We Are Here to Change the World.”
Captain EO will play in the Honey, I Shrunk the Audience building in Epcot’s Future World for an indefinite amount of time, although Disney officials said that Honey is expected to return eventually.