The Force is Not With Captain EO as Star Wars Rides Take Over Disneyland's Tomorrowland

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Mere hours after Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his fans were calling on Disney to bring the Captain EO attraction back to Disneyland.

Disney initially balked, but in one of the first social media campaigns to succeed, public support kept building and by that December, the Mouse announced EO would return to replace the Honey, I Shrunk the Audience attraction that had replaced it.

Now comes word EO will soon be gone again.

Blame the Star Wars properties Disney acquired from Lucasfilms. The Imagineers were already thinking of ways to re-do Tomorrowland--which, after all, Uncle Walt had always said should evolve for new generations of guests--when George Lucas' movie franchise landed in their laptops.

Earlier plans relying on Tron and Marvel characters for the Tomorrowland revamp were torn up, drawing boards were returned to and there is now, according to those know-it-alls at Micechat, moves afoot to go nearly all Star Wars with that section of the Anaheim park.

Because the work is scheduled to begin this winter and take 15 months, it is to be broken up into two phases to prevent Tomorrowland from essentially being totally closed in the months leading up to Disneyland's 60th anniversary on July 17, 2015, Micechat adds. By the time the construction smoke clears in the spring of '15, EO will have reportedly made way for a new Star Wars 3-D movie.

The first phase is planned to get under way this winter with the closing of Captain EO. Other changes said to be coming to Tomorrowland before the anniversary include new Star Tours destinations based on the seventh Star Wars movie being released in the summer of '15 and a sprucing up around Space Mountain. After the birthday, a Star Wars speeder bike coaster on the old PeopleMover tracks is planned.

You can't blame Disney for dropping EO--if there ever was a pop culture phenomenon bigger than Michael Jackson, it was surely the Star Wars franchise, which also attracts many more young fans than the late Gloved One does. For instance, a 4-year-old who is near and dear to me routinely makes the Chewbacca yelp from his high chair. He hasn't even seen the live-action movies yet. Meanwhile, I've never seen him moonwalk.

The news for EO fans does not get any better in Florida.



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davidfairfield2009
davidfairfield2009

Why bother doing it in phases.  Why not just rope off Tomorrowland?  It's nothing but empty shells of attractions and rides that were once actually cool, traded away for...well, nothing really.  It's an embarrassment.  EO was tired.  Space Mountain is closed more than it is open, The Carousel of Progress/ America Sings is a spinning building with "interactive" electronics, but nobody wanders into this vortex of boredom.  The tracks that were once the great People Mover are hovering above, empty because the "new" geniuses were not nearly as genius as their predicessors and couldn't figure out how to make what could have been a fun Rocke Rod ride compatible with the tracks.  Ask anyone if they have ridden the Rocket Rods and the answer will be that they started to, but then were ushered off of them.  This of course after waiting an hour to get on the troubled ride, inside the GUTTED  auditorium of the once great Circle Vision 360 with it's unique 9 screen film...something you can't see anywhere else, and now you can't see it in Tomorrowland either.  It's just a mess.  Making it Star Wars Land might make it more popular, but it will certainly not deserve the name of Tomorrowland, where technology and innovation took hold of your imagination and taught you something along the way.  

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

Well all I have to say about that is this:

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
A great big beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow is just a dream away

A man has a dream -- and that's the start
He follows his dream with mind and heart
And when it becomes a reality
Well it's a dream come true -- for you and me!

It's a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
A GREAT big BEAUTiful tomorrow
JUST A DREAM AWAY!

One or two lyrics may be off; that was just from memory.

William Johnson
William Johnson

The EO attraction is antiquated and is no where near the standards of Disney today. And it is never full. Get rid of it and put in something that people will actually want to see/do over and over again.

Kami Joyce
Kami Joyce

I will miss cptnEO I remember watching it when I was little and when I watch it now I can't help but exit dancing.... I like star-wars a lot and its better (in my opinion) than any thing marvel themed in tomorrowland.

Em Sedano
Em Sedano

if it weren't a monsanto ad, i'd clamor for bringing back the psychedelic shrinking snowflake ride. do i remember correctly, it was free?

Jen Ford Mirmak
Jen Ford Mirmak

Disneyland would not have brought back Captain EO if Michael Jackson had not passed away

Kyle Arnold
Kyle Arnold

Captain EO is a Michael Jackson attraction.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

That's stupid. Captain EO should be left alone. It's a classic attraction at Disneyland. #DisneyFAIL

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

What the heck is/was Captain EO?

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