Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Attractions: Finding Nemo the Musical

If you love "Finding Nemo" the movie, then you'll absolutely adore Disney's stage version! It's definitely one of (if not the) best stage show you can see at the parks. It opened in 2007 and is located just to the left after you cross the bridge from Asia to Dinoland in the Animal Kingdom.
Attraction Quick Facts:
  • This is great for any and all ages. The younger kids will especially love the bright colors and puppets, and don't forget the shower of bubbles!
  • There are about 5 showings per day, usually beginning around 10 or 11 a.m. Shows fill up fast, so get there early.
  • FASTPASS is not available for any of the showings.
  • There isn't really a bad seat here, but I recommend trying for any seats about midways up from the stage.
The stage version follows the same plot line as the movie, but with one notable difference: it's all set to great new musical numbers! Marlin, Dory, Nemo, Crush, and the other characters (even the sharks) show of their signing talents with songs like "Just Keep Swimming," "Fish are Friends, Not Food," "Big Blue World," and "Go With the Flow." The show also features dancers and acrobats, and sometimes the performance jumps off the stage and right into the middle of the audience!

*Imagination Photog Photo Tip! Flash photography is prohibited at shows like this one, for the safety of the performers. So take your camera off it's usual automatic setting and turn it to the "sports" or "action" mode, and make sure the flash is turned off. Your images should still be focused and true to life, but without that annoying bright light.
The whole family will absolutely love this show! Plus, it's a great way to sit down and take a rest for a while. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to whichever showing you plan to see. The first time Brandon and I tried to see the show, the line was backed up all the way to the Dinoland carnival games and before we could even get close to the entrance we were told the theater was already full. The next day we made sure we got there plenty early before the first showing. It was completely worth the wait!
Here's a short clip from Crush's big number (and one of my favorite scenes), "Go With the Flow."

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