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Jul 10

Captain EO Pre Show, Merchandise, and a Message From Dan Cockerell

Captain EO Sign WDWYesterday was the Cast Member and Media Preview of the return of Captain EO to Epcot’s Magic Eye Theater.  To say I was overwhelmed with excitement is an understatement. Being the EPCOT Center geek that I am, I had been anticipating this day since the announcement was made that Michael would be coming home to the Imagination Pavilion.  I thought back over the films that I had seen at this very same theater as a child…Magic Journeys (If only I could grab that golden ring on the carousel)…Captain EO…and then Honey I Shrunk the Audience. The greatest of these, of course, was Captain EO.

There was a small merchandise cart set up outside of the Journey Into Imagination pavilion where a few promotional items were being sold. I was hoping for some small PVC figures or plush from days gone by…but alas…Hooter, Fuzzball and Major Domo were nowhere to be found. Here’s what was available…

Adult Black Captain EO Logo T-Shirt

Adult Black Captain EO Logo T-Shirt

Replica T-shirt that Michael Jackson Wears in the Film

Replica T-shirt that Michael Jackson Wears in the Film

Adult Captain EO Poster T-Shirt in black

Adult Captain EO Poster T-Shirt in black

Captain EO Logo Newsboy Cap

Captain EO Logo Newsboy Cap

Captain EO Logo Beanie Hat

Captain EO Logo Beanie Hat

Michael Jackson and Cast Captain EO Poster

Michael Jackson and Cast Captain EO Poster

Child Heather Gray Captain EO Poster T-Shirt

Child Heather Gray Captain EO Poster T-Shirt

Captain EO Glitter Button

Captain EO Glitter Button

Ladies Fitted Logo T

Ladies Fitted Logo T

And lets not forget to mention the employee apparel…as I approached the theater I was welcomed by cast members in their hot-off-the-presses Captain EO costumes

Captain EO Cast Member Costume Patch

Captain EO Cast Member Costume Patch

I was shocked to find out that “the original” Captain EO sign…which had been hanging in an office for the past 16 years…was hung outside the entrance to the theater.

Original Captain EO Sign

Additionally, the original pre-show was aired in the holding area adjacent to the theater…

The anticipation builds….



Dan Cockerell, Vice-President of Epcot,  asked the audience how many of them would be viewing Captian EO for the very first time and surprisingly about half of the audience raised their hands. Here’s Dan Cockerell’s warm up speech before the very first showing here at the Walt Disney World Resort…

…and rather than tell you how fantastic Michael Jackson and crew were in the triumphant return of Captain EO to the magic Eye Theater, let me show you…

P.S. If you can’t make it to Epcot to see this “thriller” of a show for yourself, you can watch it in its entirety HERE –> Captain EO Returns Home to Epcot