Review of Finding Nemo the Big Blue and Beyond

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We have been anxiously awaiting more entertainment to return to the parks since they closed back in March of 2020. It seems like they are finally starting to make their triumphant return but do they compare to the OG offerings?

Last week “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond” debuted early at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The original show “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” debuted back in 2007 and ran for more than 13 years in the park. The big question guests have been waiting to find out is “will the show be as good as the original?”

Kelsey was able to bring her mother to the very first viewing of the show as it returned and we are going to share it with you here! Well, sit back, grab some shell, and hop on the EAC(East Australian Current) to take a look at this new show!

You can find the new production in the 1,500-seat Theater in the Wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. The first thing to note is the length of the show… It is now just 25 minutes long whereas the previous show was nearly an hour long.

In this show, you follow the characters of the Disney Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” Marlin and Nemo through a full production combining animated backgrounds, puppeteers, music, and dancers.  Just as you did in the original production. “This show incorporates many of the songs from the original musical, as well as amazing puppetry and live performers that fill the stage,” said show director James Silson, Disney Live Entertainment.

The new show is very similar to the OG  “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” with some new updates and shortened scenes. In addition to the updated script, the show features new set pieces and a custom LED video wall that visually extends the physical sets on stage – including a 32-foot-long sunken submarine. “We’ve taken a new approach to the set for ‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’,” said art director Matt Fiuza, Disney Live Entertainment. “We were inspired by 3D cut paper art and sculptures as we developed the scenic in the show. Our team had such an exciting time looking at our tank set through this brand-new lens of this watercolor sculpture aesthetic.”

The current schedule:

Morning performances:

  • 10:30am
  • 11:30am

Afternoon performances:

  • 12:30pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:30pm

Overall this show is a great place to relax, cool off, and sing-a-long to one of the original Disney/Pixar animated films. While it is shorter than the original, we never got the feeling that there was anything missing. Definitely add this to your plans on your next day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 




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