New Finding Nemo Musical at Disney World Set During Finding Dory

by | Nov 21, 2021 | Animal Kingdom, Disney Movies, WDW Blog, WDW News

After what will have been two years of closure, we’re finally getting the new Finding Nemo musical, a totally reimagined version of the old show that now takes place in the timeline of Finding Dory.

Earlier this year, Disney announced that it would finally be reviving its beloved Finding Nemo — The Musical stage show in Animal Kingdom, but when it returned, it would have new characters, a new plot, new music, and a new name.

This weekend, during Destination D23, we learned the name of this revised Finding Nemo musical: Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!

What Makes the New Finding Nemo Musical Different?

dory in the new finding nemo musical

Dory’s genesis story will be the inspiration for the revised musical. Photo by Laurie Sapp

In Finding Nemo — The Musical, the story followed the original tale of Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Since the musical opened in 2007, Pixar has since released Finding Dory (2016), but the musical remained unupdated.

The closure due to the pandemic allowed the perfect opportunity for Disney to reimagine its existing Finding Nemo-based musical. That means new characters and plot details reeled in from Finding Dory, as well as new songs to accompany it.

However, Disney has promised that two fan-favorite songs—”In the Big Blue World” and “Go with the Flow”—will return.

Even the setting of the musical has changed. “When you take a seat in the theater, you’ll find yourself at the Marine Life Institute,” says Disney. Fans of Finding Dory will recognize that as where Dory winds up in search of her parents.

We’ll still get to see some of our favorite friends from the first film in the franchise. Disney reports, “As the show begins, we catch up with the fish from Dr. P. Sherman’s office in Finding Nemo, who have made their way across the ocean to California. They tell the story of Nemo and how they all got there, incorporating many of the beloved songs and production numbers from the original show.”

Where and When to Watch Find Nemo: The Big Blue… And Beyond!


Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Disney has not given an exact opening date for Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” but we know it’ll open in 2022. (That gives us all a reason to head to Disney World in 2022!)

As for the where? Like its predecessor, the updated Finding Nemo musical will be performed at Animal Kingdom’s Theater in the Wild.

We’ll keep this post updated with details about the new musical experience, so check back in often. For regular updates from us on the new Finding Nemo musical and other park experiences,  join our newsletter, tap for our Google newsfeed, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram. It’ll be all Disney, all day!

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Written by Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as your managing editor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).

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