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‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’ Opening Summer 2022 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!

If, like me, you’ve been waiting for “Finding Nemo – The Musical” to reopen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World has announced the show will reopen this summer…but with some changes.

For starters, the show has been reimagined, renamed to “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!,” and in the process cut from a roughly 40 minutes to 25 minutes in length.

Update: We talked to one of the producers of the new show. See our interview here.

“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” will tell Nemo’s story from the office fish and their point-of-view, only now instead of a dentist’s office, their new home is at the Marine Life Institute, where much of the “Finding Dory” film took place.

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!

Disney says in addition to a new script, the show will feature new scenic set pieces and a new LED video wall designed to visually extend the world created by the physical sets on stage, such as a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall.

Disney Parks put together this video to show the process behind redesigning the set and creating “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!”:

Based on Disney·Pixar’s 2003 animated film, “Finding Nemo,” “Finding Nemo – The Musical” debuted at the Theater in the Wild on January 24, 2007.

It used both human performers and puppets to creatively tell the movie’s story, and was really enjoyable for all ages.

The show had its final performance on March 12, 2020, before Walt Disney World Resort closed temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no set date for the debut of “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!,” but as soon as we hear of one, we’ll let you know.