No end date yet for ‘Captain EO’ at Disneyland June 14th, 2011, 6:00 am posted by EUGENE W. FIELDS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Nearly two years after Michael Jackson’s death, “Captain EO,”
is still playing at Disneyland
The “Captain EO Tribute,” the 3-D film and music video featuring Jackson, originally ran from 1986 to 1997 and was revived on a temporary basis in 2010.
Recently, the Oriental Land Company, which operates the Tokyo Disney Resort, indicated the scheduled end date for “Captain EO” has been eliminated.
Disney has not said whether “Captain EO” will become a permanent addition to Tomorrowland or when its run will end.
Disney spokeswoman Michele Himmelberg said there is no update on a decision either way.
When the attraction was revived at Disneyland in February 2010,
lines ranged from 40 to 90 minutes in length. On a recent day, the line was only long enough for the 17-minute movie to end.
The movie is the story of how Captain EO, played by Jackson, and his crew of various space creatures travel to a planet of dark, twisted metal to give a gift to the planet’s Supreme Leader.
Jackson stars, sings and dances to transform the world from evil to good. The film features the songs “We Are Here to Change the World” and “Another Part of Me,” both written and performed by Jackson. The latter song is 0n Jackson’s “Bad” album in 1987.
Last week, James Rayford of Apple Valley viewed the movie for the first time since it returned to Disneyland.
“It took me back to my childhood,” said Rayford, 26. “I was reaching out and trying to grab the the flying thing at the end.”
Romanique Fields went to Disneyland with Rayford.
“It was cool,” said Fields, 26. “It was pretty retro.”
For the re-opening, motion was added to the floor, which shakes and moves to the music and action.
“I didn’t know that the seats moved,” Rayford said. “I liked it.”