Throwback Thursday: Reliving Disney’s Michael Jackson Marvel ‘Captain EO’

Source: Travel Pulse | All Things Michael


Back in 1986, 3D movies didn’t feature at every cinema like they do now, Michael Jackson was an immensely popular icon and Disney was about to unveil a show that would delight tourists for years.

It’s time to once again hop in the time machine and appreciate a classic attraction with modern eyes.

Last week we regaled you with the moment Jurassic Park: The Ride opened. Now it’s time to honor the magnificence that was “Captain EO,” which opened to fans on Sept. 12 1986.

Below is a commercial that touted the 3D attraction that was set to open at Walt Disney World and Disneyland respectively.

Before we revel in the misadventures of Captain EO and his band of musically inclined pals we have some dreadful news.

Billboard reported back in 2014 that Disney Parks would shutter EO for the time being; with various outlets saying the closing was permanent.

This came after the attraction opened anew in 2010 following the death of star Michael Jackson.

Now the report does point to a previous release that mentions the following: “Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.”

And, a quick look at Disneyland’s attractions shows a page for Captain EO, although no schedule is available.

So there is hope, however scant, that a presentation that delighted us as kids may again return at some point in the future.

But the Internet is a kind place to those in misery, because you can watch versions of the short movie online. It’s perfect for those who enjoy shots of nostalgia or those who have no inkling as to the show about which we are talking.

Just watch this and imagine being in a theater and having the added amenities of actual 3D technology and a big screen:

Getting “Captain EO” to screen was no small affair, featuring a collaborative effort from the likes of Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola (director), George Lucas (screenplay) and actress Anjelica Huston who played the part of Supreme Leader.

Simply watching the “Making Of” documentary is a mesmerizing experience:

That wasn’t enough ’80s for you? Well, perhaps watch nearly 50 minutes of its grand opening, which features youthful versions of Patrick Duffy and Justine Bateman.

Jefferson Starship, Belinda Carlisle, The Moody Blues and Robert Palmer perform as a cavalcade of stars scoot on down the iconic Main St. at Disneyland.

It’s the kind of gigantic and indulgent celebration that will have you yearning for the decade that gave us a 3D space odyssey featuring Michael Jackson and a bumbling sidekick named Hooter.


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