Disneyland: September 18, 1986
Captain EO a 3D sci-fi musical spectacular opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. The film, which first premiered 6 days earlier at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center, brings together three “greats” of the entertainment world – producer George Lucas, director Francis Ford Coppola, and pop star Michael Jackson, who is Captain EO in the film. The film tells the story of Captain EO and his ragtag crew as they try to spread a positive message through the fantasy galaxy they inhabit. The 17 minute film cost nearly $30 million dollars to produce – the most expensive film ever produced on a per-minute basis.
Disneyland: September 19, 1986
Following the Grand Opening of Captain EO the day prior, Disneyland hosts a 60-hour party for this newest 3D Tomorrowland attraction! The park staying opening at 10 am and remaining open until 10 pm on September 21st.. Upon entry to the park, each guest receives a coupon (to be validated when they see the film) which allows them to exchange the coupon for a free T-shirt.
Walt Disney World: September 20, 2003
Construction begins on Soarin’ , an exciting new IMAX-style film-based attraction to highlight a re-vamped The Land pavilion in Epcot‘s Future World. Soarin’, which first premiered as Soaring Over California on February 8, 2001 at Disney’s California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. The imagineer who designed the attraction originally used an old “erector set” found in his attic as a way to boost capacity. The film takes visitors all around the great state of California, and includes scenes with special, playful touches such as wind & smell to enhance the sensory sensations. The film climaxes with a dramatic fly over of Disneyland at Christmastime, and includes the famous Mickey-head fireworks.
Walt Disney World: September 21, 1994
Apple Computers begin sponsorship of Innovations East at EPCOT Center.
Walt Disney World: September 21, 1996
Illuminations 25 begins at EPCOT Center. It is a brand-new show replacing the original Illuminations, designed to showcase Walt Disney World’s 25th anniversary. (It will officially have it’s “Grand Premiere” in October).