Following the closure of the original Finding Nemo – the Musical (2007-2020), we were concerned that one of the greatest Disney stage shows out there might be gone for good. Fortunately, the show resurfaced in 2022 in a new format, now known as Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
In our opinion, the show still ranks up there with The Festival of the Lion King as the best live stage show/musical at Disney World. And like its counterpart, performances of Finding Nemo are held in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Just head to the Theater in the Wild (DinoLand U.S.A) about a half-hour before showtime and you should be seated without a problem.
This 25-minute live musical is based on the beloved Disney Pixar animated film Finding Nemo (2003) and performs multiple times daily. It’s about ten minutes shorter than its predecessor, so smaller kids are less likely to become listless during the performance than before.
The show’s original musical numbers — which take direct inspiration from lines in the film — include “Go With the Flow,” “Just Keep Swimming,” “In The Big Blue World“, and “Fish Are Friends, Not Food.” The music was composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the powerhouse team behind the music of Disney’s Frozen and Frozen II.
For the original design of the first musical, Disney tapped Tony Award-winning director Peter Brosius and production/puppet designer Michael Curry (who designed puppets for the stage version of The Lion King, as well as Epcot’s Tapestry of Nations parade and Universal’s Tales of Beedle the Bard) to create this magical production. Many of those elements remain in the new show.
Like The Festival of the Lion King, no advanced tickets are required for this show and it’s included in your park admission at no additional charge. The songs, cast, puppetry, and digital backdrops of the show are captivating and magical. This stage show is one-of-a-kind and not to be missed!
Location: Animal Kingdom (DinoLand USA)
Show Duration: 25 minutes
Show Times: On the :30s most of the day (subject to change)
Disney Genie+: Yes, this is a Genie+ attraction