“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Photos & Video From Preview

Hi everyone!

We previewed “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!” today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The show officially opens on Monday (June 13th, 2022) as a reimagined show that was originally known as “Finding Nemo – The Musical” in the Theater in the Wild. After our preview, the show soft opened for guests. Favorite characters from “Finding Nemo” are back – including Marlin, Nemo and Dory in puppet form with their performers. Here is a look in photos and a full video of “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!”

First, here is our full show video. “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!” is 25 minutes long. From the press release: ‘This show incorporates many of the songs from the original musical, as well as amazing puppetry and live performers that fill the stage,’ said show director James Silson, Disney Live Entertainment.”

Disney says, “This underwater adventure is a reimagined retelling of Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” which debuted at the theme park in 2007 and ran for more than 13 years. As in the original production, Marlin and Nemo each go on a separate journey that ultimately teaches them how to love and understand each other better. Except in this algae-friendly adaptation of that beloved tale, the storytellers are a group of fish living at the Marine Life Institute.”

The heart of the show is the performers. They are fantastic, and the choreography is as well.

From Disney: “In addition to a new script, the show features new set pieces and a custom LED video wall that visually extends the physical sets on stage – including a 32-foot-long sunken submarine. “We’ve taken a new approach to the set for ‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’,” said art director Matt Fiuza, Disney Live Entertainment. “We were inspired by 3D cut paper art and sculptures as we developed the scenic in the show. Our team had such an exciting time looking at our tank set through this brand-new lens of this watercolor sculpture aesthetic.’”

Here are more photos from the show today! I have about 45 photos total in this article.

Crush is nearly the size of a car.

“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!” plays multiple times per day. Check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes! This one is going to be very popular as “Finding Nemo – The Musical” was.

Entertainment is still returning to the parks, and it was wonderful to see the performers in “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!” doing what they love to do – entertaining park guests. I haven’t seen “Finding Nemo – The Musical” in a number of years, so it was almost a clean slate for me as far as watching. I can’t wait to see it again soon!