Walt Disney World has been all about renovations recently (including the newly-added French Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase, upcoming refurbishments for Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountian, as well as updates to the new Princess and the Frog ride that’s replacing Splash Mountain), and the pattern continues as Disney World now has plans to upgrade the Finding Nemo musical in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park!
This Finding Nemo musical (which has always included delightful puppets) will now include new storylines and new music, but two songs that will definitely be sticking around from the original Animal Kingdom musical are “In the Big Blue World” and “Go with the Flow”. The show will be “based on the same beloved characters”, so Nemo, Dory, and Marlin will most likely still be around–but Disney Guests can expect lots of new characters, too! We’ll be interested to see which storylines the Disney writers go with–and there will definitely be a new song or two for Cast Members to sing while entertaining the audience with puppetry.
Many fans were originally disappointed by Finding Nemo’s music-filled attraction when it opened in 2007, because it led to the end of the Tarzan roller-skating extravaganza called “Tarzan Rocks!”. The show featured acrobatics, beautiful trapeze work, impressive roller skating, and (of course) renditions of Phil Collins’ music from the original movie soundtrack.
Although Disney has stated on the Disney Parks blog that “our Disney Live Entertainment team is still in the early stages of development for the show”, the new version of the musical has a planned opening in 2022! What do you think of Finding Nemo: The Musical? Do you agree that the puppet-filled show needs upgrades, and did you like the “Tarzan Rocks” show that Nemo replaced back in 2007?