Disney World to Reopen Captain EO and Sells Poop


There I was, sitting in my luxurious home in Central Florida in mid-April 2015 when stories like this started coming across my Twitter newsfeed. I was blown away. Disney hadn’t announced that Captain EO was closing for good at Walt Disney World, just that it was going to host a temporary attraction previewing the new “Tomorrowland” film.

Tomorrowland Movie Preview EpcotSeveral of my friends and even fellow bloggers were already mourning the loss of Captain EO at Epcot long before the trigger was pulled. Here’s a quote from a friend of mine when she was there for the “last showing”: “Many have the feeling Disney is lying once again and they’re going to pull a submarine voyage on us. There were several fans showing up for the ‘final viewing’ including the entire staff. If it were coming back the staff wouldn’t be doing special almost ceremonial spiels and holding vintage Eo plushies and having sentimental photo shoots. By the looks of it I say that tonight was goodbye.”

Captain EO Merchandise

As it turns out, Captain EO is scheduled to reopen at Epcot on July 19th, 2015 after the Pixar Inside Out movie preview finishes its run on July 5th. The point remains: many Disney fans no longer trust the company. Another more recent example happened with Extra Magic Hours.

Even though schedules hadn’t been finalized, an advance copy of the Walt Disney World operating hours was sent to travel agents for January 2016 which did not include EMH on June 16th. On June 17th, Disney officials said EMH will still be around and that schedule which was released to travel agents (not the general public) had not been finalized. The top reply on Chip and Co.’s Facebook feed was the following:

Just so you don’t panic while reading this, all is well with EMH at Walt Disney World.

Maybe I am just missing the boat, but why is it so fashionable to dump on Mickey? Sure they close attractions you love, raise the prices and make a lot of money. Last I checked, so does every other theme park on the planet. Most recently, I’ve been amused at people’s reactions to Disney selling edible “poop” in the form of a snack at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Yet again, I am floored at the reactions all over Facebook:  “Nice to see wdw serving their guests what they think they are!”…. “Disney Parks become less Walt’s vision every day, so sad.”….. “Disney has finally become tacky and distasteful”….. “That is just not right. WE would just shake his head.”

Walt Disney Map

As fans of Walt Disney World, why are there so many people who are hyper-critical and eager to jump on the bandwagon of hating Disney? I’m not saying they are perfect. No more than any other theme park company. They have definitely made mistakes. Why are fans so happy to squawk about how horrible Disney is when it’s often unnecessary and even unfounded? I don’t have answers, just thinking out loud. Your thoughts?

Walt Disney Madame Tussauds Orlando

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  1. fan51
    Posted June 25, 2015 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    The thing is they shouldn’t trust the company. It’s as if Disney is a parent that makes sure their kids have trust in them to do the right thing and they are sorely disappointed if they do something else. This is wrong thinking. Parents usually do the right thing. The kids have no standing to complain.

    I don’t get the love for Captain EO. They are willing to put their love for the weirdo (nevermind the allegations against him) before anything that Disney is about today. Oh well. Captain EO deserves a permanent goodbye.

    That quoted twitter feed is bizarre. Yes, they should keep raising prices while taking things away so you know how much things cost and you always get less for more money. Oh, there is Fastpass+ so you don’t actually have to wait in line in the morning. EMH are outdated, but that’s just me. If people enjoy getting up so early to have a vacation, its worse than a caffeine addition.

    Kids: The real option is not going.

  2. Posted June 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    edible poop? I’m sorry what? why isn’t there a whole article on this?

  3. lilbigguy
    Posted June 25, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I always shake my head when people profess what Walt Disney would or wouldn’t approve of unless they actually lived and breathed in his presence. I could imagine his response to the animal poop treats would have been great to witness. When you look at the True Life Adventures and how there was a touch of education to virtually everything Disney had produced, I think it would have tickled him. As for “tasteless,” I’m sure they’re fully packed with flavor, LOL!

    I feel the reason so many people are quick to criticize comes from a place of low self esteem. There’s a twisted level of schadenfreude people seem to relish in when successful people stumble. It’s rarely a reflection of the subject as it is of the person giving the critique.

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