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Pop star once “booted out” of Disney World returns to visit with family

A pop superstar who was once “removed” from the Walt Disney World Resort recently visited the parks at Disney World to spend time with family during a summer vacation.

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Singer, songwriter, and actress Janet Jackson recently spent some quality time with family at EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney shared a photo of the Rhythm Nation songstress standing just outside the entrance to the brand-new Guardians of the Galaxy: COSMIC REWIND attraction, the park’s new thrill ride inspired by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which just opened to Guests at Disney World in late May.

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While it’s not uncommon for television and music stars and other celebrities to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, Janet Jackson’s presence at EPCOT is special in that it’s reminiscent of a days-gone-by era in the park.

Michael Jackson, also a pop superstar sensation and older brother to Janet Jackson, was once featured in a 3D film experience called “Captain EO” from 1986 to 1994 in the portion of EPCOT that was referred to as Future World before the overhaul of EPCOT began. Captain EO returned 16 years after it disappeared for a short engagement in the park from 2010 to 2015.

Janet Jackson’s visit to the Walt Disney World Resort wasn’t her first. In fact, there’s a bit of history between Jackson and the Disney Parks that took place back in 2004.

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Following what would become known as a “wardrobe malfunction” during the halftime show during SuperBowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas, Disney World removed a 700-pound statue of Mickey Mouse dressed in his Rhythm Nation best, according to Entertainment Weekly. The wardrobe malfunction became the center of wild controversy over the halftime show, and as such, the Mickey Mouse statue, inspired by Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation album, was one of the many “casualties of [that] Super Bowl controversy.”

The Jackson-inspired statue of Mickey was one of 75 different statues of the Main Mouse unveiled in the fall of 2003 in celebration of Mickey’s 75th birthday.

“Considering all the controversy it drew,” explained then-Disney spokesman Gary Foster, “we talked it over for a couple of days and decided it would be best to replace hers with a new one.”

Luckily, no one’s calling for Ms. Jackson herself to be replaced inside the Disney park.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!