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An Unfortunate Return

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Today we’re finishing our tour of attractions removed from ExtinctAttractionLand by taking a quick look at an attraction that not intended to be brought back.  Come with me as we leave the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and walk across Tomorrowland, past the Space Mountain entrance,  to the Magic Eye Theater.

On September 18, 1986 Captain EO landed in the Magic Eye Theater, six days after debuting at Epcot (Center) at Walt Disney World.With Michael Jackson in the titular role, this George Lucas produced, Francais Ford Copolla directeded 3D movie took park guests deep into outer space, journeying with Idee, Odey, Major Domo, Minor Domo, and Hooter, along with the infamous Captain EO.


Minus Jackson, the crew of his space ship are all puppets, helping to enhance the 3D experience of the attraction.  Looking to find the homing beacon, the ship crashes on their destination planet, where they are intended to be, to the surprise of Commander Bog.  The crew then sets off to deliver The Gift, a task made for difficult, due to Hooter eating the map.

The crew is quickly captured by The Supreme Ruler (Anjelica Huston), who delays the crew’s sentence upon learning they believe she is beautiful. The puppets transform into instruments, EO begins to sing and dance, and we learn they crew is here to Change the World.

Captain EO, complete with smoke and laser effects throughout the theater, would run until April 6, 1997, partially due to reduced guest attendance, and partially due to accusations made against Jackson.  The attraction was replaced in 1998 with Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, another 3D attraction, based on the 1989 film Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

EO was considered decommissioned by Disney park officials until the untimely death of Jackson on June 25, 2009.  Soon after, Disney shuttered the Honey attraction and made upgrades to the Magic Eye Theater.  Hydraulics were added to theater seats, enabling guests to bounce to the beat of the film soundtrack. On February 23, 2010, Captain EO made his return to Disneyland, this time labeled as Captain EO Tribute.  It was billed at a limited time engagement, yet is still running into 2o14.  Rumor abound as to when the attraction might leave the park again, but as of now it is open and accepting guests on a daily basis.


Here is where we conclude our tour of attractions removed from ExtinctAttractionLand. I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments.  You may contact me directly on Twitter @Quest4VaultDisn, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…



  1. SugarPixy says:

    Captain EO is AWESOME and I was so Excited to be able to see it again!! it brought me right back to my childhood for a flashback of Epic 80s Awesomeness, WAY better then that Honey I shrunk the audience pile. its not like they are currently doing anything with that theater anyway so I say ROCK ON!!

  2. […] As a lifetime east-coaster, I do have a bias towards WDW. This isn’t a bias of “they’re just better!” but of familiarity; to me, “going to Disney!” equals Disney World.  Don’t ask me which is better: I can’t tell you, I can only say how much I love the one I go to regularly. 🙂 But, due to that bias of familiarity, I do frequent more blogs that keep that same bias and talk more about WDW.  This isn’t intentional and so I’m glad to find blogs that fill in the blanks and look at Disneyland, which is after all the original Disney Park.  And the history is that much more meaningful to Walt Disney fans.  Jesse previously ran an entire series on ExtinctAttractionLand (note: this is not the first post in the series, just one I liked), looking over some classic attractions that are no longer with us – or in some cases, attractions that have been brought back. […]

  3. […] four month, highly anticipated wait would end on September 18, when Captain EO made its Disneyland debut, six days after opening at Epcot in Disney World. A Hollywood A-List […]

  4. […] four month, highly anticipated wait would end on September 18, when Captain EO made its Disneyland debut, six days after opening at Epcot in Disney World. A Hollywood A-List […]

  5. […] honor was earned well before 2012. Lucas first partnered with Disney in 1986 for the 3D spectacular Captain EO. Following this came 1987’s Star Tours, an intergalactic ride simulator in the Star Wars […]

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