"Captain EO" was an instant hit and ran for 11 years, finally closing in 1997.
But with Michael Jackson's sudden death last year, his fans began pushing for a return of the film, as a way to honor the King of Pop. And some of those fans were lined up very early Tuesday morning to catch the first showing of the re-mastered film.
"It was wonderful. I grew up on 'Captain EO' and I'm so glad it's back," said fan Scott Freeman. "It was amazing, the 3-D and the other effects were amazing."
"It was amazing, it just brought me back to 1986. I'm a big Michael Jackson fan and I'm glad to be a part of Michael Jackson history," said fan James Valdes.
The new 70mm print of "Captain EO" with enhanced sound is once again showing at the Tomorrowland Theater. The 17-minute movie stars Jackson as a spaceship captain leading a rag-tag crew made up of aliens and robots. They are on a mission to deliver a gift to a wicked alien witch queen, played by actress Anjelica Huston.
Fans of the film say it hasn't lost any of its excitement.
"I loved it, I absolutely loved it. It was just like when I was 7 and it was amazing. I'm so glad I could bring my little one, she's 3 and she loved it too," said fan Mariela King.
Disneyland officials say "Captain EO" is running as a limited engagement, but says it will continue to play as long as it remains popular with fans. It replaces the 3-D film "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience."
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