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“Finding Nemo: The Musical” is Being Reimagined as “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue Beyond” in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Finding Nemo: The Musical” has been performed at the Theater in the Wild in Disney’s Animal Kingdom daily since it originally opened in 2007. Since the show closed with the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, fans have been wondering when this favorite piece of live entertainment would return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Earlier this year, the Disney Parks Blog shared that ‘Finding Nemo’ would return to the theater though it may come with some new enhancements from how we remembered the show prior to March of last year. Still fans have been curious about what exactly these enhancements could mean and what we should expect when the show does eventually return.

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Following today’s announcements at the Destination D23 event at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, we now have some new details to share about what changes will be coming to Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

The new show, called “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue and Beyond” will pick up after the first movie with the characters from P. Sherman’s office. It will feature many of the same original songs, puppets and performers from the previous version of the show, and is set to debut in 2022!

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Additional live entertainment returning to Disney Parks as announced during D23 includes Fantasmic at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Festival of Fantasy Parade and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire in the Magic Kingdom, and World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Check back here at Disney Fanatic for updates on continued announcements from this weekend’s Destination D23 event.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."