Disney announces opening date for brand-new “Finding Nemo” show at Animal Kingdom

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Disney announced the opening date for Animal Kingdom’s newly-revamped Finding Nemo-themed show this morning!

As promised by Disney in late April, the brand-new take on the previous Nemo show inside Dinoland U.S.A.’s Theater in the Wild is opening this summer! Animal Kingdom will welcome Guests to its debut performance on June 13 at the very same location!

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In a video posted online Friday morning by Disney Parks, Cast Members can be seen rehearsing for the new show which draws its inspiration from PIXAR’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. A few things are the same and a few things are wonderfully different in the new stage show adaptation of the timeless tales of Nemo and Dory.

Take a look:


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The caption reads “‘Sea’ you at Finding Nemo: The Big Blue and Beyond June 13!”

The new show features some amazing props, including a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank that stands nearly 15 feet tall! The show also features some new songs, but a couple of the songs have been kept from the original show that features cleverly-camouflaged Cast Members alongside massive PIXAR puppets.

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Last fall, news surfaced about the possible closing of the¬†Finding Nemo¬†‚Äď The Musical¬†live show at Disney‚Äôs¬†Animal Kingdom. On social media, performers from the Guest-favorite show began exchanging farewells. Disney fans of all ages feared the worst‚Äďthat there would be no more¬†Finding Nemo¬†show from¬†Disney Live Entertainment¬†at the Theater in the Wild at¬†Animal Kingdom‚Äės Dinoland U.S.A.

On November 20, during the Destination D23 celebration held at the Walt Disney World Resort, it was announced that the new show was headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom sometime in 2022, and Disney even revealed the name of the new show: Finding Nemo: The Big Blue . . . and Beyond!

No date was announced at that time, but things are going, um . . . swimmingly, and Nemo, Dory, and the gang can’t wait to welcome everyone back on June 13! See you there!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!