This day in Disney history September 18th, 1986:Captain EO opened in Disneyland! (six days after it opened at EPCOT Center).
The new theater for Captain EO replaced the Space Stage outdoor theater, shown below in a map from 1982:
Here is a map from 1987, notice anything else different? ;)
Captain EO, is a 3-D, 70mm, Sci-fi, fantasy, musical movie attraction staring Michael Jackson. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and excecutive-produced by George Lucas. The movie tells the story of Captain EO (Jackson) and his ragtag crew of space travelers as they go on a mission to save the World from the evil queen. The seventeen-minute film cost an estimated $30 million to produce. At this time it was the most expensive film ever produced on a per-minute basis!
After a run of over ten years at Disneyland, the crowds thinned out and Captain EO closed quietly in April, 1997.
In May 1998, the former Magic Eye Theater became the 3-D movie Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, (based on the 1989 film "Honey I shrunk the Kids"). By 2009 Honey I Shrunk the Audience lost it's popularity as well. This didn't go un noticed by Disney executives. In September of 2009, the theater was temporarily closed.
On December 18th, 2009, The Disney parks Blog announced that Captain EO would make it's return beginning in February 2010!
Captain EO DID indeed reopened at Disneyland on February 23, 2010! EeeeeHeeeee!
To watch scenes from the 1986 premier:
I'm also including a TV special about the making of the film hosted by Whoopie Goldberg:
Do you love Captain EO? Hate it? Why? Do you have a favorite part of the show?
Thanks for reading and watching! Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!
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