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July 1, 2010

Captain EO Returns to Epcot - Cast and Media Preview

June 30, 2010

Cast Members and Media were invited to a preview of Captain EO's return to Epcot.

Captain EO - Epcot

Captain EO is vintage Michael Jackson in his prime. The songs are all original Jackson, and bring to life the story of an electronic band of space creatures who undergo a magical transformation and aid Jackson in conquering the evil forces of darkness.

"The colorful new Disney-created musical instrument characters include: Hooter, the little green elephant who sneezes wild musical notes through his flute-like trunk; Fuzzball, the orange-haired space monkey with butterfly wings; Geex, a gold-encased, two-faced personality with two left feet, one right foot and two shaggy heads named Idy and Ody; Major Domo, whose mirrored silver costume becomes a complete set of drums, traps and string bass played by Fuzzball; and Minor Domo, with his sparkling purple torso that turns into an electronic synthesizer played by Hooter." (From the original Press Release in the '80s).

Take a good look at the sign shown below. It is the original sign from the first showing of Captain EO, which has been repainted and freshened up. Epcot is the only one of the Disney parks with an original sign at the attraction.

Captain EO - Epcot

Located in its original home at the Imagination Pavilion, Captain EO replaces Honey I Shrunk the Audience on a temporary basis. (Cast members kept saying temporary and that Honey would return, but no one would give a time frame.)

Captain EO will have FastPass!

Captain EO - Epcot

As you approach the entrance, a merchandise cart is set up and is currently open. Logo items included various t-shirts, hats, and buttons.

Captain EO - Epcot

In addition to the signage, new carpet has been installed in the area.

Captain EO - Epcot

Captain EO - Epcot

Captain EO - Epcot

Captain EO - Epcot

Captain EO - Epcot

A few Cast Members dressed up for the preview, this one sporting a Captain EO shirt and a Mickey Hand with silver sequins.

Captain EO - Epcot

As we awaited entrance to the preshow area, Cast Members were buzzing with excitement to see the show. Interestingly, most of those in the first show had never seen the original!

Captain EO - Epcot

The preshow area is physically the same, but with new carpet and paint. The monitors begin to share wait times at about 9 minutes and they are periodically updated. For those who are hearing impaired, stand to the left side for screens with captions.

Captain EO - Epcot

After a very brief introduction, the original preshow is shown.

Captain EO - Epcot

Again, the Cast applauded after the preshow and entered the theater cheering.

Captain EO - Epcot

Epcot Vice President Dan Cockerell took the podium and gave a short introduction to the show return. He specifically thanked Joe Tankersley, Show Producer and Debbie Peterson, Art Director, both Walt Disney Imagineering. "On July 6th, it will be exactly 16 years since the last time Captain EO was shown at Epcot. Let's go back to 1986!"

Captain EO - Epcot

Captain EO - Epcot

It was then time to put on our 3D glasses and enjoy Captain EO. No photography or video recording was permitted during the actual show.

If you saw the original show, new special effects have been added thanks to the technology enhancements made when Honey I Shrunk the Audience debuted.

Each Disney park showing Captain EO has its own special effects. Having just seen the one in Disneyland I can tell you they are definitely different at Walt Disney World. No spoilers, here, but I thought the Epcot effects were the better of the two.

After the show, several of the Imagineers who worked on Captain EO were available for interviews.

Captain EO - Epcot

Debbie Peterson, Art Director Epcot, Walt Disney Imagineering.

Debbie was happy with the warm reception of everyone at the show. Her favorite part is when the supreme leader comes down "and when Michael first starts singing and dancing -- it's very exciting. We want guests to have that nostalgic feeling and leave with a huge smile on their faces!" Regarding enhancements she spoke about the new audio system and the ability to see the floor movement from Honey I Shrunk the Audience into Captain EO "With the special effects we want to make this a 4D experience!"

You can take a look at the AllEars® Archives to learn more about Captain EO from its first run in Epcot.

Captain EO opens to all guests on Friday, July 2! Come back and share your thoughts!

July 10, 2010

Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet - Tickets On Sale!

All Ears® a proud platinum sponsor since 2009!

NEWS RELEASE July 9, 2010

The Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet is proud to announce another Celebrity Guest: Author, former Imagineer and Disney Historian: Jeff Kurtti.

JEFF KURTTI is one of the leading authorities on The Walt Disney Company and its history. The author of more than 25 books, Kurtti worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, the theme park design division of The Walt Disney Company, and then for the Corporate Special Projects department of Disney. Most recently he was creative director, content consultant, and media producer for the cornerstone exhibit at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. His newest book, Disneyland Through the Decades, has just been published by Disney Editions.

Special Announcement: Due to Jeff Kurtti's remarkable generosity and passion for Disney Fans, he has made an EXTRAORDINARY donation of his wonderful "Art Of" books to the First 250 Paid General Admission Guests attending the 2010 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet on Saturday August 14. Guests will receive one of either The Art of Mulan or The Art of a Bug's Life. These wonderful books are brand new, very rare and out of print. Author Jeff Kurtti will also be available to personally sign each book during the event.

A special thank you to MEI & Mouse Fan Travel, a Platinum Sponsor, for an amazing Charity Donation to help make this possible.

Guests who have already purchased their tickets are automatically included in the 250 Guests to receive a Free "Art Of" Book.

There is SO MUCH planned to Experience at the 2010 PNW Mouse Meet:

CELEBRITIES: Disney Legend Bob Gurr, Historian David Lesjak, Host of WDW Radio: Lou Mongello, AllEars.net Founder and Editor Deb Wills, Tinker Bell Model & Alter Ego Margaret Kerry, Jonathan "The Voice" Dichter, Beci Mahnken - CEO of Mouse Fan Travel.

EXPERIENCES: Legendary stories from Disney Legend Bob Gurr; A Pixie Dusted Life: Margaret Kerry; What's New and What's Coming to WDW with Deb Wills; Early Disney Studios-Hyperion by David Lesjak; Disney Pyramid "LIVE" game show hosted by Jonathan Dichter.

ATTRACTIONS: Pin Trading & Pin Sellers, Attraction Vehicle photo opp, Disneyana Vendors, Celebrity Meet & Greets, Hidden Mickey Trivia Challenge, Disney Themed Fan Displays, AMAZING Disneyana items to be auctioned for Charity, sharing the passion for Disney with other like-minded fans.

The PNW Mouse Meet, in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Corporation, is one day only, Saturday August 14th from 11am to 6:00pm at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, Washington. The cost is $24.95 for adults and $9.99 for children under the age of twelve. Tickets are limited and are available for pre-sale only online at the official event website. For more information please visit the event website at www.pnwmousemeet.com

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