Finding Nemo - The Musical
Live Musical Show
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Featuring elaborate puppets, manipulated by singers, this version of Finding Nemo is a live stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning Pixar movie, featuring original songs by the Academy Award-winning composer of Frozen, Robert Lopez. Check the day’s show schedule for times, then plan to line up 15-45 minutes early for seats, depending upon the size of crowds in the park that day.
The GOOD: A great stageshow with an incredible blend of live performance and props. The elaborate puppets (if you could call them that) are a great addition.
One of the best shows at the resort for sure, Finding Nemo: The Musical scores big points for its originality. It’s an interesting concept, and the presentation and music are excellent. I'm not a huge fan of the story simply being a condensed version of the film, but this show brings enough novelty to the table that it just works. It's super enjoyable and it's great for all ages. It's just one of the best-done shows at Walt Disney World. 8.5/10
Someday, they'll bring this to Broadway. I live for that day. Possibly the best theme park stage show ever.
This show works much better than the other "condense a movie into a 30 minute musical" stage shows at Disney Parks. The reason it works so well is because the original had no music, so the creative team was under no pressure to include everyone's favorite songs. The only challenge was in how to get all of the information across without hitting the audience with clumsy exposition bricks. I think they succeeded in that regard. The music works really well to get all of the emotions across, and the plot is condensed very well. The best example of that is in the "Gossip" sequence, where the ocean's inhabitants discuss plot points that didn't get to be shown on stage. The music varies on the good scale. Some of the songs are excellent, and some of them are either not that great, or go on for way too long. The only thing that prevents the show from getting a perfect score is the inconsistent casting. The puppets are beautiful, but every set of actors seems to have at least one who either can't channel the character they are playing, or they are just awful puppeteers. But overall, Finding Nemo is a great show based on a great movie.