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Michael Jackson Fans Line up at Disneyland for Return of 'Captain EO'

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Fans decked out in futuristic garb formed a line early Tuesday to see the return of the Michael Jackson film “Captain EO" to Disneyland after a 13-year hiatus.

At 10 a.m., the 17-minute, science fiction-themed musical returns to the Tomorrowland Theater for limited engagement. It replaces “Honey I Shrunk the Audience," which closed Jan. 3.

“Captain EO" debuted at the height of Jackson's fame in 1986, featuring director Francis Ford Coppola and executive producer George Lucas. It cost a reported $30 million to make and ran as an attraction at the theme park until 1997.

Fans began lobbying for the return of the 3-D film soon after Jacksons death last year, saying it would honor the King of Pop.

The Times' Brady McDonald, writing at the Daily Travel & Deal blog, says the return of Captain EO presents a perplexing challenge to family-centric Disney: How to market a movie relic starring a controversial character without appearing to capitalize on his demise.

The film stars Jackson as a captain leading a crew of aliens, robots and “fuzzball" on a spaceship on a mission to deliver a gift to a wicked alien witch played by Anjelica Huston.

A Disney spokeswoman told KTLA that there was no timeline for how long the show would run, but said it would stay for as long as it remained popular.

“Captain EO" starring Michael Jackson thrilled Disneyland visitors from 1986 to 1997. The 3-D production reopens Tuesday at the theme park.

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