Sources: Orlando Sentinel – By Dewayne Bevil| All Things Michael
“Captain EO,” starring the late king of pop, is going on hiatus, Disney says, so that auditorium can be used for guests to preview scenes from the film “Tomorrowland,” which debuts in theaters May 22.
The last day for “EO” is Thursday, April 9. The “Tomorrowland” previews, which will start every 15 or 20 minutes, will begin later.
“Tomorrowland,” starring the Oscar-winning Clooney, has a futuristic bent that could play well in the theme park’s Future World. The film is directed by Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”), who wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof (“Lost”).
Segments of “Tomorrowland” were filmed in Central Florida, although the bulk of the production was made in Canada. One of the movie posters features a structure that looks resembles Space Mountain, the signature ride of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
“Captain EO” originally ran at Epcot from 1986 to 1994. It returned to the park’s Imagination Pavilion in July 2010, the year after Jackson’s unexpected death. Its second run was described as “temporary” at the time.
“EO” is a 3-D film in which Jackson plays a singing, dancing, space warrior who has a crew of aliens and robots. He is challenged by the “supreme leader,” played by Anjelica Huston. The film, directed by Francis Coppola, has also been seen at Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
The Disney Parks Blog has stated that “EO” will return to Epcot sometime after the premiere of “Tomorrowland.” A specific date has not been announced.
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