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Feb232011

A Year Since the Return of Captain EO

Captain EO Tribute, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California

Last year, on Feburary 23, 2010, Michael Jackson's Captain EO reopened in the Disneyland Resort's Tomorrowland. For the highly anticipated 10 a.m. debut, fans began lining up at 9 p.m. the previous night, just to be among the first to watch the seventeen-minute long film.

Captain EO's return was a fitting Disney tribute to the King of Pop. Fans pushed for the attraction's return after Jackson's death untimely on June 25, 2009. Despite concerns that the film was dated, Disney's Imagineers revamped EO's sound and 3D effects. For its installation in Tomorrowland's Magic Eye Theater, the interactive hydraulic seating (previously used for Honey, I Shrunk the Audience) was set to rock and sway along with Captain EO's movement and music.

In its original run, Captain EO was an attraction at the Disneyland from 1986 to 1997. The science-fiction flick, features two songs, We Are Here to Change the World and Another Part of Me, which were both written and performed by Jackson. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by George Lucas, Captain EO's blend of special effects and choreography cost about $30 million to produce, a whopping $1.76 million per minute.

Officially, Disneyland had stated that Captain EO would only be available for a limited engagement. A year later, Disney Officials have hinted that the attraction would remain as long as it continued to be popular. Check out this gem before it disappears. Wait times for the Captain EO Tribute are only as long as the film's running time and EO merchandise is still available at the nearby Star Traders. 

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