Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! — Animal Kingdom
Finding Nemo – The Big Blue…and Beyond! Highlights:
- 25-minute Broadway-style show re-telling the story of Finding Nemo
- Reimagined from Finding Nemo — The Musical
- Performances include live vocals, elaborate puppets, and original music!
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!l is a reimagined version of the original show, Finding Nemo — The Musical, which marked the first time Disney had taken a non-musical movie and transformed it into a musical show for the parks. It’s still an adaptation of the Disney-Pixar movie, and it features favorite characters such as Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Bruce, Crush, and more!
The show still takes place in the Theater in the Wild, which is located in between Dinoland USA and Expedition Everest.
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! gives guests the chance to be immersed in the story of Marlin and Nemo through the combination of puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops. The theater itself features innovative lighting, sound, and special effects to create Nemo’s undersea environment.
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! retells the film by catching up with the fish from Dr. P. Sherman’s office, all the way over in the Marine Life Institute from Finding Dory.
The reimagined show features some music from the original show, including “Big Blue World,” also heard at The Seas with Nemo and Friends at EPCOT
This show lasts approximately 25 minutes and is performed at several, scheduled times each day. For current show times, check your My Disney Experience App or Times Guide.
You can usually get a seat if you arrive 15-20 minutes early, and you also have the option to book a Lightning Lane through Genie+.
Seating is wooden bench seats with backs. Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to experience the attraction.
Restrooms are located right next to the theater’s exit.
There is often a cart outside the theater that sells a small selection of Finding Nemo merchandise, such as toys, plushes, and shirts.
The Theater in the Wild now holds 1,500 guests and is the largest theater in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
It opened with the park on April 22, 1998, and was originally an outdoor amphitheater with its first production being quite a different type of show. Journey into Jungle Book featured songs from the hit Disney movie and created a new style of puppetry that gave the animal characters a look of fantasy while still conveying life-like realism and emotion.
“Journey into Jungle Book” closed in April 1999 and was replaced with Tarzan Rocks!, a live musical based on the Walt Disney animated feature, “Tarzan”. The production combined a rock concert performing the hit songs from the movie, with gymnasts, in-line skaters and aerialists giving the energy and action of the characters’ story. It ran from July 1999 to January 21, 2006. The Theater in the Wild was then shutdown so it could be fully enclosed and renovated with upgrades to create Nemo’s environment.
The song “Big Blue World” was first heard inside The Seas With Nemo and Friends in EPCOT.
While many characters, including Marlin, Nemo and Dory, are represented by live performers operating larger-than-life puppets, other creatures in the sea appear using a diverse array of puppetry styles, including rod, bunraku, and shadow.
Performed on a stage flanked by big bubbles, the musical numbers come to life with underwater effects created with a giant LED screen, innovative lighting, dynamic props, and animated projections.
Finding Nemo – The Musical was the first major spectacular produced for Walt Disney World by Disney Creative Entertainment.