This 1986 flyer promoting the Captain EO Blast-Off event marks the official opening of the famed Epcot Center attraction starring the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.
The 17-minute, 3-D sci-fi adventure, which stars Jackson, alongside Anjelica Huston, was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and executive-produced by George Lucas. The plot centers on Jackson’s character helming a spaceship (and a misfit crew of aliens) that has been tasked with delivering a gift to “The Supreme Leader,” played by Huston. The captain and his crew encounter a hostile reception, but ultimately use the power of music to overcome the ruler’s henchmen and transform the once-evil Supreme Leader into a beautiful queen. The film features two original Jackson songs, “We Are Here to Change the World” and “Another Part of Me.”
The Captain EO Blast-Off, held on Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, 1986, throughout Epcot Center’s operating hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. featured live entertainment, appearances from several of the film’s characters, and even a special laser-light show. The film would run concurrently at Disneyland in California for the next decade, and during that time open at both Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland, as well. Following Jackson’s death, the attraction returned to all four locations beginning in 2010, remaining in Epcot the longest, until December 2015.
The front side of the flyer doubles as a movie poster and includes the following text, in addition to the 1986 Walt Disney Company copyright information found at the bottom:
WELCOME TO THE CAPTAIN EO BLAST-OFF
September 19th & 20th, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
GEORGE LUCAS presents CAPTAIN EO
Directed by FRANCIS COPPOLA Starring MICHAEL JACKSON
THE 3-D, musical, motion picture space adventure that will make you question your own sense of perception.
Walt Disney World, EPCOT CENTER
Presented by Eastman Kodak Company at Journey Into Imagination
Admission to Epcot Center is your ticket to Captain EO.
The reverse side features a basic map of the park and indicates Captain EO Blast-Off entertainment locations.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF CAPTAIN EO BLAST-OFF
Receive a free Captain EO commemorative poster when you see the movie.
1 Appearances by characters from the movie at the Showcase Plaza Stage, 5 p.m.
Future Corps performing on stage at Showcase Plaza 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
“Paradise” contemporary show band performing at Showcase Plaza Stage—6:30, 8, and 9 p.m.
2 Captain EO Musical Tribute at Journey Into Imagination, featuring the World Dancers, Future Corps and the Future World Brass—6, 7, 8, and 9 p.m.
Wardrobe from the movie on display at Journey Into Imagination.
3 Captain EO Laser Salute at dusk, Spaceship Earth.
Entertainment subject to change without notice.
This flyer represents a unique collectible celebrating the opening of Captain EO, an attraction which gained a cult-following throughout its original run, and even more so when it became the first and only Disney attraction ever to return from extinction.