Michael Jackson along with Disney, producer George Lucas and director Francis Ford Coppola created Captain EO. The 17-minute, 3D film ran at Epcot from 1986 to 1994 before being replaced by Honey I Shrunk the Audience.
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience will close in the next few weeks so they can get the theater ready for Captain EO’s return. It’s expected to be a limited run, maybe just for the Summer Nightastic promotion.
Captain EO was perhaps one of the first 4D movies in that it incorporated laser effects, smoke effects and starfields that filled the theater. The 3D technology certainly foreshadowed what was to come.
Captain EO also will return to two other Disney parks. It will open at Tokyo Disneyland on June 30 and Disneyland Paris on June 12.
Here’s a video taken earlier this year when Captain EO returned to Disneyland in California.