Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was a popular, entirely original musical production based on the hit 2003 Disney and Pixar animated film. The show did not reopen with the rest of the park following the resort-wide closure due to COVID-19, and late last year Disney announced that an updated version of the show would come sometime in 2022. Now, Disney has revealed some new details regarding the plot of the latest version of the show, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond.
Theme park journalist Scott Gustin shared details of the show’s new plot, noting that the timeline of the show would take place after the events seen in Finding Dory (2016), the sequel to the original animated film.
“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” takes place after Finding Dory. The new story is told through the eyes of the “Tank Gang.” I guess they survived the bags. pic.twitter.com/s3hr4ONZRV
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) May 4, 2022
Given this change to the timeline, most of the sequences of the original show would need to be changed, as the previous version of Finding Nemo: The Musical was a retelling of the events of the first Finding Nemo film. As mentioned above, the new rendition of the show will be shared with the audience from the point of view of the “Tank Gang.”
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Disney has previously confirmed that select musical numbers from the original show will remain in the upcoming version of the production, including “The Big Blue World.” (The song is also featured in the Seas With Nemo and Friends.)
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Along with the new timeline, the interior of the Theater in the Wild will be rethemed. New details in the theater space will immerse Guests into the setting of the Marine Life Institute as seen in Finding Dory. To create the newly designed space, Disney will employ the use of LED video walls that will work to extend the sets beyond the physical stage. Among sites featured in the extended view will be a sunken submarine and fish tank volcano.
Disney has not yet announced an opening date for Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond, but we will be back with the date and additional details here on Disney Fanatic as they are released.