Today Is The Last Day to Catch Captain EO at Walt Disney World Before It’s Temporary Closure


At the end of March we shared the news that “Captain EO” would be closing temporarily in “mid-April” at Epcot so that Disney could use the  Imagination Pavilion theater to run a sneak peek of “Tomorrowland” that would also include special in-theater effects. At that time a date Disney did not release when the  last day guests could see Captain EO would be before the “Tomorrowland” change. Yesterday we learned that TODAY (April 9) is the last day to see Captain EO before the “Tomorrowland” theater preparation starts.

The seventeen minute long Captain EO stars Micheal Jackson and was executive produced by George Lucas. It opened at Epcot on September 12, 1986 and cost an estimated $30 million to produce. At the time it was made it was “the most expensive film ever produced on a per-minute basis, averaging out at $1.76 million per minute”. Captain EO is a 3D film about a crew delivering a gift to the  “The Supreme Leader” Angela Houston. When it originally opened it had 3D action that extended into the audience with imagery like lasers with impact, smoke effects, asteroids and starfields. Epcot’s version of Captain EO closed on July 6, 1994 and was replaced with “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” on November 21, 1994. “Honey” played until the passing of Micheal Jackson, when Disney decided to bring “Captain EO” back to Epcot on June 30, 2010 where it has played since.

The current version of “Captain EO” includes a pre-show video that explains the innovations the movie had when originally released. It now uses the theaters new LED flood-lights, leg ticklers and seat shaking hydraulics that were installed for “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience”. The current version of “Captain EO” also no longer includes the starfield effect or in-theater lasers that it had prior to it’s 1994 closing.

A date has yet to be announced for when the 15-20 minute long “Tomorrowland” previews will start or end, but Captain EO fans and those who have never seen the movie shouldn’t worry. Disney has stated that “EO” will return to Epcot after the previews of “Tomorrowland” are complete. An exact date as to when “Captain EO” will return was not released but we will update you as soon as we hear something!

*In theater image from TMSM Fan Nation Member Lisa M.


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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