Personally, it's not so much about him being "appropriate" or not, as much as it just looks like Disney is going for money. If they wanted to have it as a tribute it would've been in better taste to quickly retrofit the theater to show the video for a week or so before it reverts back to HISTA.
Were I CEO (which I am not), I would elect not to bring this back for a few reasons:
- It's dated. Horribly so. In an area of the park that gets slammed for not updating often enough, and not being futuristic enough. Where empty tracks abound (PM/RR). It just doesn't fit.
- Reputation. Returning this back so long after the fact makes it look like Disney is trying to sell tickets. It reeks of an awful marketing ploy. I can already see Disney coming under fire for being told they are stooping incredibly low to increase profits and attendance.
- Appropriateness. While I personally am not so concerned about appropriateness of Jackson's life (he was never acquited of the charges), many people are. Enough people to be incredibly vocal about this. Just the fact that he was accused so many times (whether rightfully so or not) is enough to cause the average person to wonder what on earth an old Jackson flick is doing in Disneyland.
- Appeal. At the end of the day, who is this really going to appeal to? Obsessive Disney fanboys who want to see Tomorrowland return to its 1967 aesthetic, and a limited number of Jackson fans. Most Jackson fans are not going to travel across the country to see a 17-minute video, and pay $70 plus hotel, airfare, meals, etc. It's incredibly unrealistic. Sure, it may be an excuse for some to weave it as part of a bigger vacation, but Disney appeals to people because of a wide range of things to do, so this would just be (maybe) a little blip on the attendance presentations.
There's just too many negatives of this returning that I can see why Iger would make the statement he did. Disney would be better off doing two things:
- creating a couple displays at DCA and DHS with Captain EO memorabilia (such as in the display cases after the Great Movie Ride or Backlot Tram Tour).
- 2. Remastering and releasing the video on Blu-Ray and DVD, but not doing any sort of large-scale marketing for it. This should satisfy fans who normally would be relegated to grainy VHS tapes and low-res YouTube videos. If possible, throw a pair of 3d glasses in there.
I would venture a guess that far more people wanted to see the wand be taken down from Spaceship Earth than would want to see a return of Captain EO.