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Disney Announces Tomorrowland Movie Previews for Disneyland, Disney World

March 26, 2015, 10:20 AM · Disney is bringing Tomorrowland to Tomorrowland.

The company confirmed today that it will run a preview of the new Brad Bird film, starring George Clooney, in the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland Park, starting next month. Walt Disney World visitors will get to see the preview at Epcot's Imagination Pavilion theater.

Tomorrowland movie trailer clip
A shot from the latest "Tomorrowland" trailer, including a sight familiar to theme park fans

Both theaters had been home to "Captain EO," the 4D musical that Disney brought back following the death of star Michael Jackson. Disney stopped showing Captain EO in the Disneyland theater a while ago, choosing instead to show previews of upcoming film releases. However, at the Walt Disney World Resort, the movie previews have been showing at Disney's Hollywood Studios, allowing Captain EO to continue showing in the Imagination Pavilion.

With Tomorrowland evicting the Captain for this preview run, one wonders if we'll ever again see the Michael Jackson movie at a Walt Disney theme park. Tokyo Disneyland's already closed the show to make way for its new Stitch Encounter attraction, and there's no sign that Captain EO ever will return to the Tomorrowland Theater in Disneyland.

Meanwhile at Disneyland, in addition to the Tomorrowland extended clip that will play in the theater, Disney's promised an accompanying exhibit featuring props and production art from the film. Tomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22.

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Replies (8)

March 26, 2015 at 11:10 AM · A Bug's Life and The Muppets will probably never return to DCA. I won't be shedding tears. I will use up my last admission from my 3 day pass to see the preview. I hope the Tomorrowland movie will give Imagineers some ideas to upgrade the park. I'm sure any renovations is in the back of the line after Star Wars, Marvel, and Frozen.
March 26, 2015 at 11:13 AM · I don't get it, a movie preview instead of an attraction and people are still ok with it. Boiling frog anyone?
March 26, 2015 at 11:48 AM · Good point, but I see this as a minor run to test audience reception of the movie. If impactful, possibly resulting in a proper makeover of Tomorrowland.
March 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM · I'm pretty sure we won't see Captain EO again. While I like that attraction more than a lot of people, my hope is that after the preview Disney will start working to re-theme the entire Imagination pavilion.
March 26, 2015 at 12:02 PM · I'm one of the ones who hated Captain EO, other than it took people out of the other lines because they didn't realize just how bad it was.
March 26, 2015 at 12:51 PM · Captain EO was at least an attraction, albeit an outdated one. Long term, they need to do something special with that theater rides or close it. A preview is just that, a preview. It will be in theaters in less than two months, and on TV in a few years, and will be on iTunes, Amazon, and on silver discs in a few months. Same thing goes with any preview show, Pixar could update to It's Tough To Be a Bug. They didn't do the original animation, and they could do a much better job in house as well as the vast improvements in computer animation.

I don't know about The Muppets future. The problem is Disney doesn't know what to do with the franchise. But it's still a beloved brand, and that attraction was Jim Henson's final major project. That may not be enough to save it, but that should be considered when deciding. The problem is that they don't know the target audience of the characters or have a strong presence in today's culture. The Muppet Show was for adults, but also suitable for kids.The 2011 movie was a hit because it was the first time in awhile that did that. Last years movie didn't do very well because it just wasn't that attention garbing. The reason they were popular in the first place was because they were seen weekly on TV, and that success translated to the big screen and other places. If they had a new TV series, people would be more familiar the characters again, and would make the attraction and other projects more popular and profitable.

March 26, 2015 at 3:03 PM · Captain EO will be returning according to the Disney Parks Blog. Curses!
March 27, 2015 at 12:09 AM · Captain eo is one of like 5 reasons for me to go to epcot. No thanks to your movie preview. It's always got somewhat of a crowd and the songs are great. I took my girlfriend there in January who never saw it before and she loved it. It's outdated sure. But as long as disney can't make up it's mind between nostalgia and wringing their ips dry for every cent their worth Id take captain eo over mission space, new imagination, Ellen's energy nonsense, and Donald ducks Mexico any day of the week. Epcot is a busy park. Disney treats it like it means nothing to them. Walt would hate what disney is now, can we all admit that?

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