Captain EO | Disney World

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

Epcot Captain EO Disney WorldCaptain EO was Disney’s first 4D movie. It starred the King of Pop Michael Jackson, was produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It ran at Disney World’s Epcot from 1986-1994 and then again from 2010-2015 as a tribute to Jackson after his death. The movie was located where the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival is now in the Imagination Pavilion of Epcot’s Future World.

Key Cast Members:

  • Captain EO: Michael Jackson
  • Supreme Leader: Anjelica Houston
  • Idey: Debbie Lee Carrington
  • Ody: Cindy Sorenson
  • Major Domo: Gary Depew
  • Hooter: Tony Cox
  • Commander Bog: Dick Shawn

Key Crew Members:

  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Producer: George Lucas
  • Writer: Rusty Lemorande

Fun Facts

  1. Captain EO was a science fiction musical film that told the story of a captain and his crew on a mission to save a planet from an evil queen.
  2. Michael Jackson starred in the film as Captain EO, and also contributed to the soundtrack, which included the hit song “We Are Here to Change the World.”
  3. Captain EO was a groundbreaking film and attraction, and was one of the first to use a combination of 3D film and special effects, including laser lights and fog.
  4. The film was highly popular among guests, who appreciated its innovative use of technology and its catchy music.
  5. Captain EO was also an important part of Disney’s efforts to promote technology and innovation, and helped to set the stage for future innovations in theme park attractions.
  6. The attraction ran at Disneyland from 1986 to 1997, and at Epcot from 1986 to 1994, before being replaced by other attractions. However, the attraction was brought back at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in 2010 for a limited time in response to popular demand.

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I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and