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A new rumour has emerged that Captain EO, the 3-D movie starring late pop superstar Michael Jackson, will close permanently at Disneyland Paris on April 2, 2012.

Fan site DLRPToday cites a number of sources as having reported the closure date for the attraction, which reopened in June 2010 as a tribute to Jackson. The rumour is unconfirmed at present, and no replacement has been announced for Captain EO by Disneyland Paris.

If confirmed, the closure of Captain EO would come just two days after the Disneyland Resort Paris begins celebrating its 20th anniversary. A new night-time show, Disney Dreams, is due to make its debut in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle on March 31.

Captain EO replaced Honey, I Shrunk the Audience - the attraction which displaced Jackson's movie when it first closed in 1998. It is not thought that Honey, I Shrunk the Audience will return in its place, with other versions of the show around the world having been closed for good.

The current version of Captain EO is shown without many of its original special effects, which were removed during the conversion to Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Instead, it makes use of the moving seats, strobe lights and compressed-air effects that were installed for its replacement.

At just 17 minutes long, the film cost a massive $30 million to produce in 1986. 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.

For more information on the soon-to-removed attraction, see Theme Park Tourist's in-depth review of Captain EO at Disneyland Paris.

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