Walt Disney World revealed today what will replace the Captain EO attraction at Epcot.
Beginning in December, the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival will debut in the Epcot’s Magic Eye Theatre. Inside the theater, guests can put on their 3-D glasses and enter the imaginative worlds of three animated shorts, which will burst to life on the big screen (and in the theater) like never before.
According to Disney’s FastPass+, Captain EO will be returning to Epcot on July 19th.
FastPass+ availability for Captain EO is now available on My Disney Experience for dates from July 19 onward. Captain EO has been absent since April, first for an extended movie trailer of “Tomorrowland” and currently for “Inside Out.”
The long term future of Captain EO is in doubt, with a makeover of the entire Imagination Pavilion expected. Some had questioned if Captain EO would return at all once the movie previews were completed, but its inclusion in FastPass+ would suggest otherwise, at least for the short term.
Epcot will be showing a sneak peek of the upcoming “Tomorrowland” movie in April 2015.
Disney will be showing the exclusive preview scenes in the Imagination Pavilion Theater, which is currently home to Captain EO. The preview will also feature special effects that are part of that theater location. “Tomorrowland” opens in theaters on May 22nd.
The preview is only for a limited time, and there is talk that preview may signal the end to Captain EO playing at Epcot. EO returned to Epcot in 2010 following the death of Michael Jackson. Although Captain EO was originally expected to be back for a limited time, it has since become a permanent replacement for Honey I Shrunk the Audience.