Last dance for Captain EO on 12 April 2015

Created in 1986 by George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Walt Disney Imagineering, Captain EO enchanted Guests at Disneyland Paris between 12 April 1992 and 30 September 1998. Reopening temporarily in 2010 in tribute to the late Michael Jackson, who played the lead role in this 3D musical film, Captain EO will close its doors for the last time next 12 April*. It’s time to “save the world” in songs one last time.

Return in 1986

While at the peak of a phenomenal career, Michael Jackson joined forces with Disney, executive producer George Lucas (“Star Wars”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and director Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now”) to create a 17-minute 3D film event together. In this ambitious production (the biggest ever of the time!) Michael Jackson becomes Captain EO, performing music and choreography of his own creation alongside Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston and a number of mythical characters straight from space.

Welcome to the extraordinary world of Captain EO

In “Captain EO”, Michael Jackson is transported to another planet, surrounded by characters created by Disney who are, to say the very least, extraordinary. Guests meet Hooter, a small green elephant-like character who sneezes musical notes; Fuzzball, a curious monkey with orange fur and butterfly wings; Geex, a character with two-heads and golden hair; Major Domo who changes into a drum kit and Minor Domo, his inseparable companion who transforms into an electronic synthesiser. The adventures of “Captain EO” transport Michael Jackson and his crew to the discovery of a planet without colour, governed by the terrible Supreme Leader (played by Anjelica Huston). Invoking the universal powers of music, dance and light, together they try to save this threatened land and enrich it with technicolour.

A spectacular musical adventure

With the many facets of its technology and production, “Captain EO”, for anyone who’s seen it, remains a fantastic musical adventure with first-rate artistic production. The work of Walt Disney Imagineering focused on architectural and theatrical design and in-theatre special effects, a first before the 90s. The 3D experience represented absolute realism for the time. From the very beginning, the ambition was for Captain EO to incorporate all the 3D technology of the era: Walt Disney Imagineering’s experience with the film Magic Journeys, produced in 1982 for the EPCOT Center, led to the discovery of new and spectacular 3D techniques using new cameras specially designed for Disney. In 2010, Disneyland Paris screened a new version of the film in 70mm. In-theatre acoustic arrangements which were new since its last screening and a gigantic hydraulic platform synchronised with the most exciting moments of the film also enhanced the viewer experience.

“Captain EO” is a unique film reflecting the biggest Hollywood talents joining forces with Michael Jackson – from the biggest directors to the biggest choreographers and designers, including costume and special effects designers – all carried by the magic of this unique experience created in 3D. Don’t miss the last screening of this symbolic Disney park attraction! The Discoveryland Theater will be showing new events soon.

*Last performance at 4.40 p.m.

5 thoughts on “Last dance for Captain EO on 12 April 2015”

  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

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  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

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  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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