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Cast Members Say Goodbye to ‘Finding Nemo: The Musical’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

UPDATE! Finding Nemo: the Musical to get an all-new revamp for 2022. Click here for details!

During a performance today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Cast Members shared the news that Finding Nemo: The Musical will not be returning to the Theater in the Wild venue at the park.

How can we just keep swimming with news like this?

Performers from the musical took to social media to share their love for the show and the sadness in their hearts that the show will not go on.


Fans were not any happier about the news than the Cast members were. Some even shared that they’re “devastated” and that this news renewed the night.

One fan of the musical mused about a very special Finding Nemo-themed Magical Moment.

There are even fans of the musical who blame Bob Chapek for Nemo‘s demise.

The Broadway-style musical first came to Disney’s Animal Kingdom on January 2, 2007. It was first confirmed in April of 2006 when Disney announced a new musical adaptation of PIXAR’s Finding Nemo that would include brand-new songs by Tony-award-winning composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez said that the couple agreed to write the adaptation and that Finding Nemo was “one of their favorite movies of all time.”

They decided to move forward with the project, she says, after they considered “the idea of people coming in [to see the musical] at 4, 5 or 6 and saying, ‘I want to do that.'”

She says that she and her husband wanted to take the Nemo adaptation as seriously as if they had been asked to write a show for Broadway.

The musical has always been very well attended, thanks to the energy of the performers and the bold, vibrant colors of the sets and the larger-than-life puppets.

Finding Nemo: The Musical was a well-written, dynamically-performed show that will be greatly missed by anyone who loves Nemo, Marlin, Crush and the rest of our underwater friends in the Big Blue.

Nevertheless, #weswimtogether.


About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!