Updated Finding Nemo stage show opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom

20 days ago in "Finding Nemo The Big Blue and Beyond"

'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! theater and signs
Posted: Monday June 13, 2022 11:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Another live stage show is back at Walt Disney World this week with the reopening of 'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The updated Finding Nemo musical carries over much from the 2007 original, including many of the puppets and their performers. Walt Disney World Entertainment always delivers fantastic performances, and the cast gives it their all in this new telling of the Finding Nemo story.

The new show is a shorter format, running for 25 minutes compared to the original show's rather long 45 minutes. The new show's length makes the story snappier, and we feel it flows better than the original. If you were hoping for any updates to the seating during the closure, sorry to say they are still the same uncomfortable seats as before - but the shorter show length certainly helps!

Watch the video below for a look at the entire show from the first performance of  'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' on the grand opening day.

All of the signature songs from the original show make a return and sound better than ever and continue to be performed live.

In addition to a new script, the show now features new scenic set pieces and a new LED video wall that is used to good effect. New pieces include a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall.

'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' offers both Lightning Lane and Standby Lines. Lightning Lane is available with the purchase of Genie+, which costs $15. So far, it has not been necessary to use Lightning Lane, with all standby guests being accommodated in the theater. The standby line opens around 30 minutes before show time, with entry into the theater 15 minutes before the show.

The current schedule lists six shows per day at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm.


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MisterPenguin1 hour ago

When shows were cut, some immediately blamed budge cuts. ;)

mm522002 hours ago

Not sure the point of this comment. Shows have been down because of staffing and cast injury. They haven’t been wanting to cancel shows just because. Now they can properly staff again it seems.

MisterPenguin6 hours ago

Finally Chapek is coming to his senses and spending wildly on entertainment. Let's hear it for Chapek, hooray!!

DCBaker6 hours ago

According to the calendar, Nemo is back to 6 showtimes a day -

DCBaker13 days ago

Disney has removed the 10:30 and 4:30 showtimes through Monday, June 27th.

WondersOfLife15 days ago

As someone who watched 8 shows back to back, I can attest to this. It would not be the SAME cast every two shows though, for the record. One Nemo might be played but a different Nemo in the second show but the crush actor would be the same for both. It was interesting to watch different combos.

discos15 days ago

I think you're right. As per the 2017 Equity agreement (which is the most recent one that's publicly available online, 6 shows would definitely require 2 casts. For the 40 min show, it was a max of 4 shows per day and a total of 15 performances a week, but not for everyone. The actual Equity contract says.... (2) Maximum Performance Day for performers in the roles of Marlin, Dory and Nemo shall be 3 – Show Value = 2.6 per performance. (3) Performers in the tracks that include the roles of Bruce, Anchor and Chum may perform only one 4-show day in a performance week. (4) Maximum Performance Week for performers in the roles of Marlin, Dory and Nemo shall be 13 Since the show has been shortened to 25 mins, we could go with the Festival of the Lion King guide which is also 4 shows max per day but a max of 20 shows per week. The removal of show times this week is most likely being done so the performers don't go over their max performance allowed per week. That way the show can still be performed every day while the cast members recover.

WondersOfLife15 days ago

I know most! That one through me in for a loop! lol. I've seen it used before, but hardly.

MisterPenguin15 days ago

Bookmark it. ;) https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/big-list-of-forum-abbreviations.939248/

WondersOfLife15 days ago

Darn. Duh. Thank you.

natatomic15 days ago

Voices of Liberty

WondersOfLife15 days ago

If that is the case, no, it's not ridiculous. But it's not confirmed, and I always assume the worst. :) (That way I always get either a pleasant surprise or a "better than nothing.") I'm with you there on that one. I appreciate it, though, as I realize it is a solid experience. Just not my style of show. It is nice to see someone else see it similarly. Precisely what I was jumbling on about. This is the sad part about many changes at Walt Disney World... Average Guest Expectations vs. the What Could Be. I'm going to sound stupid.... VoL? Voyage of Little Mermaid? or typo Festival of Lion King?

natatomic15 days ago

I saw the show Wednesday. As someone who doesn’t typically care for shows during theme park visits (aside from VoL), I always made sure to see this one. I didn’t care for FotLK, which I know puts me in the minority, but there you go. Anyway, this new version is…FINE. I didn’t hate it. Didn’t love it, but I’m glad it’s there instead of not. But someone used the word truncated to describe it, and that is definitely the word I would use. I doubt the average guest would notice though, so…it is what it is. And for what it’s worth, it was the 3:30 show, and it was packed to the brim. So I’d imagine staffing issues are the culprit for canceled shows. I know VoL has had some contingency shows this week too, and there are a handful of singers who do both shows (I can think of two off the top of my head).

TrainsOfDisney15 days ago

My understanding is 6 shows requires 2 casts.