“Captain EO” is making its return to Epcot at Walt Disney World

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It’s official, finally! Michael Jackson fans in Orlando can rejoice as Disney announced this morning that “Captain EO” is indeed returning to Epcot beginning July 2.

The 3-D film starring Michael Jackson first reopened as the “Captain EO Tribute” at Disneyland in February of this year and it was recently confirmed to be returning to Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 as well as Disneyland Paris on June 12. While Walt Disney World will be the last to re-receive the film that original premiered back in 1986, it’s better late than never.

While not specifically mentioned in the announcement, it’s assumed that “Captain EO” will take over for “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” as it has done at Disneyland and will be doing at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland (though the titles for that film are slightly different overseas).

How long will Captain EO remain at Epcot? According to Disney spokesperson Benjamin Thompson, “The duration of the Captain EO run has not been determined yet.” But it won’t be forever. Thompson also notes, “We plan to bring back ‘Honey, I Shunk the Audience’ at an undetermined date.”

Many fans believed that Epcot would not receive “Captain EO” due to the fact that Walt Disney World guests are comprised more of tourists than locals, whereas a large percentage of Disneyland visitors are from the area. But clearly the success of the film in California has prompted Disney to reopen it worldwide.

And besides, the film’s memorable lyric, “we’re going to change the world,” has a much bigger meaning when played at Epcot.

Source: Disney Parks Blog


  1. Jesse

    JOYGASM! I remember seeing this back in ’90 on a middle school class trip to EPCOT like it was yesterday… I was sitting right next to my teacher, and this was my first 3D movie at the time… so when the asteroid at the beginning comes out spinning right in front of me, I slowly reach my hand out in an attempt to grab it… and I still clearly remember my teacher loudly whispering to me “PUT YOUR HAND DOWN!” as I was about to grab the head of the spectator in front of me! 🙂 Good memories…

  2. Clay Matthews

    Okay – that’s pretty cool. All they need to do now is bring back Dream Finder and all will be right in the world!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I agree but at least some new activity will be going on in the Imagination pavilion for a while. Of course, when “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” returns, all will be back to how it is now.

  3. Angie

    After Capt. EO, they really need to replace the whole HISTA with something new. Or AT LEAST spruce up the film! It is so dated. We never go in there anymore.

    1. Catherine

      Is there any word if Captain EO will still be there in March 2012? Thanks! 🙂

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