PHOTOS - New guide map at Disney's Animal Kingdom removes any mention of Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo - The Musical

Dec 29, 2020 in "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

Disney's Animal Kingdom December 2020 guidemap
Posted: Tuesday December 29, 2020 5:02pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A new guide map is now in circulation at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and notable changes include the removal of any mention of the park's live shows.

Both Finding Nemo - The Musical and Festival of the Lion King are no longer listed, although the actual buildings remain on the map.

The news is not really surprising, given that the performers for both of the shows are no longer employed at the park. However, it does appear to suggest that an imminent return of the shows is not in the short term plans. It should be noted however that Disney can very easily produce new maps in short notice, and there are at least three or four published each year. The inclusion of the shows in the park maps may been causing guest confusion with an expectation that their inclusion meant the shows would be available.

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TrainChasers6 days ago

Other equity roles - MK castle show, Indiana Jones, Frozen Sing Along, Citizens of Main Street, Citizens of Hollywood, Dapper Dans, Hoop Dee Doo, guide in flights of wonder, festival of lion king, epcot holiday storytellers, beauty and the beast, voyage of little mermaid, turtle talk, monsters laugh floor.... I’m sure I’m missing a few as well.

SoFloMagic6 days ago

Maybe not a good business move as they'd have to pay licensing fees to every band she ever stole a song from... Gonna get expensive

Collectingbees8 days ago

I know people who have been in this show--It has been AEA since it opened in 2007. So were Frozen and Aladdin and Maic Map, etc. Voices of Liberty is also Equity. I don't know if they still require (or ever did) both AEA and AGVA, though.

Phil1210 days ago

I'd like to see them do a new show with an an environmental theme. Point out the dangers of climate change by combining elements of Nemo with Frozen. Such as "Nemo on Ice: The Ocean that will not thaw!". They could just have Nemo in a huge glacier.

TrainChasers10 days ago

Eh... my understanding is entertainment CM’s often hear about these things from another source first. It’s been 18 months since a performance of this show... they should have said goodbye and moved on by now anyways. I’m not trying to sound heartless... just realistic. I don’t really get all the hate for “that other site” so maybe that’s part of it.

Nick_A10 days ago

Whether he was correct or not doesn’t make him any less of a jerk for posting it when the cast hadn’t been notified yet. Most of the cast found out via a blogger because he felt the need to be “first,” rather than be respectful of the people being affected by this.

EagleScout61010 days ago

I must admit I misread it as "One Man Band" and got visions of a man in a fish hat playing songs from Nemo while supporting a one man band

TikibirdLand10 days ago

Of course I have no inside knowledge -- and neither do most responding to this thread -- on the details. But, Disney's announcement of the Musical returning reads a whole lot like a quick change of course, frankly. They've had at least a year now to figure out what they were going to do with this show; the new one isn't planned until sometime in the nebulous '2022'. Sounds a lot like the rash decision of Splash. So, I'd say that the site that will not be named had it right when they got the info. They just may not have been privy of the change in course coming from the back office. I've seen a lot of insiders here get info wrong. WRT to whether they admit it or not; I'm not sure that's consistent either.

RSoxNo110 days ago

But he got it 100% correct. Disney is ending Finding Nemo - The Musical exactly as he said they were and they are replacing it with a completely new show called Finding Nemo - The Musical.

VJ10 days ago

easier to just change the name to something else at this point than try to continue justifying the california theming

TrainChasers10 days ago

They were so close :(

VJ10 days ago

oh don't worry, that transformation has been slowly but surely undone over the past 9 years and will continue to be

TrainChasers10 days ago

Management just looks at where things can go quickly and cheaply, rather than looking at the big picture. A Nemo musical show could go well at Epcot, there is no sit down musical show at the park, and that could draw guests towards that back corner of future world. Likewise, a little mermaid show would go well at Magic Kingdom. Also... a live muppet atmosphere performance would go well by muppet visoon.

MrPromey10 days ago

I don't disagree but they have yet to admit it. Unlike California Adventure that got a full and proper re-do (but is also slightly muddled), it feels like we will see this continue to slowly devolve into "everything we decided not to put in the MK", just like Epcot.