Captain EO | Disneyland

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

Captain EO – Extinct Disneyland Attractions
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Captain EO was a 3D movie attraction that was shown at Disneyland in Anaheim, California from 1986 to 1997. The attraction was created in collaboration between Disney and the musician Michael Jackson, and was directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

The movie featured Michael Jackson as Captain EO, a space captain who leads a crew of aliens on a mission to save a planet from an evil queen played by actress Anjelica Huston. The movie was a musical adventure that featured several of Jackson’s songs, as well as a groundbreaking 3D presentation that used special effects and theater enhancements to immerse guests in the action.

Captain EO was a popular attraction with guests and was notable for its innovative use of 3D technology and its high-energy musical performances. However, the attraction closed in 1997 and was replaced by a new 3D movie attraction called “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,” which was based on the popular movie franchise.

In 2010, after Michael Jackson’s death, Captain EO was brought back to Disneyland as a limited-time tribute to the musician. The attraction played for several months before closing again in 2015. While Captain EO is no longer a regular attraction at Disneyland, it remains a beloved part of the park’s history and is remembered fondly by many Disney fans.

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