Performances of the new Finding Nemo show at Disney's Animal Kingdom are being canceled

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

'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond! theater and signs
Posted: Wednesday June 15, 2022 10:15am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' at Disney's Animal Kingdom made its official debut just three days ago, and some performances are already being canceled.

On June 14, the show's second day, the 10:30am, and 4:30pm performances were canceled. We understand that the reason for the cancellations was poor attendance at the 1500-seat Theater in the Wild. Other theories include the absence of key performers.

Following the same pattern as yesterday, today's first and last shows have both been canceled.

Plans originally called for six shows per day, using two groups of performers.

The schedule for June 16 still lists six shows, but this may be updated in the morning. If you plan to see 'Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!' be sure to check My Disney Experience for any updates.

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DCBaker4 days ago

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

WondersOfLife7 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.

discos7 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.

WondersOfLife7 days ago

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

MisterPenguin7 days ago

Bookmark it. ;)

WondersOfLife7 days ago

Darn. Duh. Thank you.

natatomic7 days ago

Voices of Liberty

WondersOfLife7 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?

natatomic7 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).

TrainsOfDisney7 days ago

My understanding is 6 shows requires 2 casts.

Comped7 days ago

Per Equity's agreement with WDW, this show could do 6 shows per day, not 4, because it shortened the show's length from 40 to 25 minutes.

Disney Analyst7 days ago

If it is covid related, I believe equity requires actors quarantine for a full 10 days still, not the CDC 5. I know that’s how it is on Broadway at least.

DCBaker7 days ago

Disney has removed the 10:30 and 4:30 showtimes through Monday, June 20th.

mikejs787 days ago

If half the castle more is out sick, it's not ridiculous. These are the times we live in.