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First Look: ‘Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!’ Opening Summer 2022

Joey McElroy

by , Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Climb aboard explorers and hold on tight, because it’s time to take a deep dive into the creation of the freshly reimagined show, “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” – opening this summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park!

Stepping inside the Theater in the Wild, we’ll catch up with the group of fish from Dr. P. Sherman’s office in “Finding Nemo,” who have made their way across the ocean to the Marine Life Institute. The fish tell Nemo’s story in this fully updated, 25-minute show, incorporating live performers and puppets, along with many of the beloved songs and production numbers from the original “Finding Nemo: The Musical” – which is great news if you’re like me and have had “In the Big Blue World” stuck in your head since 2007. 

In addition to a new script, the show will feature new scenic set pieces and a new LED video wall designed to visually extend the world created by the physical sets on stage. We aren’t talking small set pieces either. Be on the lookout for a 32-foot-long sunken submarine and a fish tank volcano standing nearly 15 feet tall!

Working in close collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, artists and designers at Disney Live Entertainment also developed a new aesthetic for “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” inspired by layered, cut paper sculptures. The resulting look is fresh and unique to the show, while staying true to the designs in the original film. Check out the video below for a sneak peek.

“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” is just one of the many ways we’re adding even more magic to the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration in the coming months. Be sure to follow #DisneyWorld50 and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more updates.


  • Please bring back the old show!

  • We want the full Broadway show back.

  • We want the full Broadway show back. We don’t want the value engineered one.

  • Personally, the song in my head has been “Go With the Flow” — which has actually been helpful as much as we’ve had to do that over the past couple years. Can’t wait to welcome Nemo and the rest of the cast back to the stage!

  • Looks great, hoping it previews in the next few weeks 🐟

  • Can we please knock it off on this “Woke” fear nonsense? Thus isn’t the place to bring that up nor do I see how this has to do with this show.

  • Loved the previous show. I sure hope you don’t ruin the new one with your woke agendas.

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