Updated version of Finding Nemo Musical coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2022

Sep 14, 2021 in "Finding Nemo The Big Blue and Beyond"

Posted: Tuesday September 14, 2021 10:02am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that a new Finding Nemo Musical will return to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2022.

The original show, which debuted in 2007 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, has not reopened since the park resumed operations in mid 2020. 

In a post on the official Disney Parks Blog the company said, "Disney Live Entertainment team is still in the early stages of development for the show, the musical retelling of this underwater tale of family, friendship and kindness will feature new story material, as well as fan favorite songs such as 'In the Big Blue World' and 'Go with the Flow.'"

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MisterPenguinJul 03, 2022

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

mm52200Jul 03, 2022

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.

MisterPenguinJul 03, 2022

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

DCBakerJul 03, 2022

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

DCBakerJun 20, 2022

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

WondersOfLifeJun 18, 2022

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.

discosJun 18, 2022

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.

WondersOfLifeJun 18, 2022

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

MisterPenguinJun 18, 2022

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

WondersOfLifeJun 18, 2022

Darn. Duh. Thank you.

natatomicJun 18, 2022

Voices of Liberty

WondersOfLifeJun 18, 2022

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?

natatomicJun 17, 2022

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).

TrainsOfDisneyJun 17, 2022

My understanding is 6 shows requires 2 casts.