What a great tribute to the incredible entertainment legend. Captain EO was my favorite ride in the 1980's and early 1990's. I *never* left the park without seeing this show during this time. I loved its energy and optimism, it always left you feeling good after the show ended. The in-theater effects were amazing too, let alone for 1986. Laser blasts, smoke and the incredible starfield in the very beginning always made the show unbelievable.
I am not a big fan of 3D or 4D shows today... they are all the same. Cheap attempts at tricking the audience or getting them wet and lame jokes that went out of style decades ago, and even then weren't really that funny. But Captain EO, not only was it decades ahead of its time, it was still an incredible show right up until the day they pulled the plug.
ONLY Michael Jackson could've pulled this project off, and I mean that with all sincerity. His vibrant energy, commanding presence and incredible music could never be matched by anyone then or now. Captain EO always had a huge effect on my visits to Disneyland and really created a major part of what made those visits as a kid so special.
And in tribute to Michael Jackson, his loss has been a lot more painful than I originally expected. It is as if I lost a favorite uncle or something and even though I can go on functioning, I often find myself incredibly sad and shaken up at times. Normally when a celebrity dies, I'm like "Oh man, I can't believe it" and then move on without a second thought. But Michael's passing has not only been an emotional experience, I REALLY feel like I've lost someone special in my life, even though I never met him. His music wasn't just something I listened to for a few years, it was a part of my life ever since I was in a stroller. His death has changed my life a little bit and that's something that no other celebrity has even come close to doing. I always wondered what it would've been like to be around when Walt Disney died, but now I'm not so sure that a legend's death is what I expected it to be. It's *incredibly* painful.
May Michael Jackson be given all the gifts and happiness that he gave the entire world for so long... He will be missed.