'Finding Nemo' Musical Coming Back to Disney World Next Year

September 14, 2021, 1:57 PM · Walt Disney World's Finding Nemo — The Musical will return in 2022, though in a "reimagined" form, the resort announced today.

The Disney's Animal Kingdom production, which Theme Park Insider readers ranked the #2 theme park show in the world in last year's poll, remained dark when the Disney World theme parks reopened in July 2020. The production officially debuted in the park's Dinoland USA Theater in the Wild in January 2007, featuring songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, known then for "Avenue Q" but now better known for "The Book of Mormon" and a little production you might have heard of called "Frozen."

Finding Nemo — The Musical
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"Although our Disney Live Entertainment team is still in the early stages of development for the show, the musical retelling of this underwater tale of family, friendship and kindness will feature new story material, as well as fan favorite songs such as 'In the Big Blue World' and 'Go with the Flow,'" Disney said in its press release.

No other details are yet available, including a specific opening date next year.

As for other Broadway-style theater productions in the parks, Walt Disney World recently brought back Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage to Disney's Hollywood Studios and restaged A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King across the park at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil & Disney is slated to open at Disney Springs in November. But across the country at the Disneyland Resort, the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure remains dark, with no plans announced for a replacement of the Frozen Live at the Hyperion show.

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Replies (6)

September 14, 2021 at 3:24 PM

No shock given took so long for musicals to come back to London and Broadway. After all, a backstage area very tight quarters in best of times so makes sense taking more time for a theme park production.

September 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM

Apparently, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the new version will remain an Equity production.

September 14, 2021 at 4:11 PM

Interesting, I know some differences between actor unions and obvious rules for a theme park production but the fact it's waiting until next year indicates they're perhaps also doing a little retooling of the show itself.

September 14, 2021 at 4:42 PM

It’s a shame, this is a favorite of mine. More than likely the show will be shortened as this is one of the longer stage shows at WDW. I think only Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is longer in duration. I wonder when Indy will be coming back and what changes will be done to it as well.

September 15, 2021 at 11:29 AM

If it is “reimagined” like Lion King then it will be another disappointment. I’ve heard rumors that the changes include a pre-recorded track instead of live performance to save money on Equity salary costs. Reimagined does not always mean better

September 15, 2021 at 3:10 PM

Tight quarters backstage anywhere should no longer be a problem with vaccines available. I would expect most stage performers have had the vaccine anyway, but with the latest Biden mandate, that should be even less of an issue now.

I suspect this "re imagining" is a cost-cutting measure more than anything.

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