Michael Jackson fans will welcome the return of the late pop superstar's 3D movie Captain EO to Walt Disney World's Epcot and Tokyo Disneyland this week.
The musical show will return to both parks in place of Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (known as MicroAdventure! in Tokyo). Jackson's space adventure will reopen to the public at Epcot on July 2, and a day earlier at Tokyo Disneyland on July 1. It it is believed that the attraction will operate for at least a year at both parks.
All of the Disney parks which previously hosted a version of Captain EO have brought it back following Jackson's death on June 25 last year. Disneyland was the first to revive the show in January, with Disneyland Paris following in June. Although all of the parks will show the same 3D movie, the special effects used alongside it differ slightly according to the park.
Epcot's version was previewed to the media on Wednesday, with reviews and videos emerging online soon after over at Orlando Attractions Magazine, Inside the Magic and Zannaland. According to the reports, the Epcot version lacks the lasers, smoke effects and starfields of the original (as with the Disneyland and Disneyland Paris versions). However, it incorporates special lighting, water and compressed air effects and moving seating - all re-used from Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. The seat movements are said to be more subtle than those of the Disneyland version.
Videos from the Epcot preview can be seen below, courtesy of Inside the Magic and Orlando Attractions Magazine.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and executive-produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas, Captain EO was produced in 1986 when Jackson was at the peak of his fame. The show's story sees the eponymous Captain EO (played by Jackson) and the crew of his spaceship travelling to deliver a message to the wicked Witch Queen.
At just 17 minutes long, the film cost a massive $30 million to produce. It included "4D" elements such as lasers, smoke effects and starfields. At the time it was the most expensive film ever produced if measured per-minute (at $1.76 million), however this has since been topped by Universal's Terminator 2:3D at $5 million per-minute.
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