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.
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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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.
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