Finding Nemo – The Musical Animal Kingdom
Finding Nemo – The Musical marks the first time Disney has taken a non-musical movie and transformed it into a musical show for the parks. It's an adaptation of the Disney-Pixar movie, re-telling the story of a father clown fish, Marlin, and his son, Nemo, who learn how to love and understand each other. Nemo is taken away and Marlin will stop at nothing to get his son back, facing undersea challenges such as sharks, jellyfish with his new, ever loyal, friend Dory. Meanwhile, Nemo is trapped in a fish tank in Sydney, and makes his own new friends who inspire him to do whatever it takes to see his father again.
Finding Nemo – The Musical gives guests the chance to be literally immersed in the story of Marlin and Nemo through the combination of puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops. It's performed in the now enclosed Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A, the former home to "Tarzan Rocks". The theater itself was updated with innovative lighting, sound, and special effects to create Nemo's undersea environment. Like the Broadway version of Disney's "The Lion King", the audience sees the performers as well as their puppets throughout the show. Check out the Photo Gallery for a better idea on how the performers and their puppets appear.
Not only does the audience get a chance to see the well loved story in a new production, but they enjoy the original songs written just for the show, including "Big Blue World", also heard at The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot, and Crush's big number, "Go With the Flow", a tribute to 60s surfing music.
This show lasts approximately 30 minutes and is performed at several, scheduled times each day. For current show times and more information on Disney's Animal Kingdom Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares' WDW Entertainment Website.
Finding Nemo is a FastPass+ Attraction.
Seating is wooden bench seats with backs. Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to experience the attraction.
Arrive at least 30 minutes before the performance, and be prepared to wait in a long line. However, the theater seats a lot of people, so don't let the line make you give up.
Before the show starts, the bubbles on the left and right sides of the stage show Nemo swimming by. You can't tell when and where he'll show up, so keep your eyes peeled! This helps break up the wait for the show.
Don't miss what happens in the bubbles as you leave the theater; the bubbles' characters will also change what they say after awhile.
Restrooms are located right next to the theater's exit.
Photo Tip: For shows such as this, use the "sports" mode on your digital camera (if it has one). Steady the camera against your body (or on a railing if you have one in front of you) and wait for that pause in the actor/ress and SNAP! You can get some good pics this way. My camera is the Canon S5 IS. The photos below were only reduced in size to fit in the blog. No other modifications were made to them.
Kids love the show!
Restaurantosaurus, a counter service restaurant, and Triilo-Bites, a fast snack kiosk, are both located in the vicinity.
The Dino Institute Shop and Chester and Hester's Dinosaur Treasures are the nearest shops to the theater.
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.
Finding Nemo – the Musical involves a number of Broadway's best! Tony Award-winning director Peter Brosius directed it, with Michael Curry, who designed puppets for Disney's successful stage version of The Lion King, serving as leading puppet and production designer. The 14 original songs were composed by the husband-wife team of Robert Lopez, Tony Award-winning "Avenue Q" co-composer-creator, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, co-creator of the a cappella musical "Along the Way".
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 are 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 innovative lighting, dynamic props, and animated projections.
Finding Nemo – the Musical was announced at the April 7, 2006 Grand Opening of Expedition Everest. It held previews starting November 5, 2006, and opened on January 24, 2007.
Finding Nemo – The Musical was the first major spectacular produced for Walt Disney World by Disney Creative Entertainment.