Terrific Tuesdays: Finding Nemo – The Musical

Walt Disney World is great about sneaking in some cool resting places, which get you out of the Florida sun and let you take a quick break, all while still entertaining you! One great spot is Finding Nemo – The Musical in Animal Kingdom. This 1500 person theater comes alive with our friends from the sea: Marlin, Nemo, Dory, Crush and many other larger than life puppets. Each puppet is controlled by human puppeteers, dressed to blend with their characters. In fact, I will bet by the end of the show, you don’t even realize they are separate from the puppets – they become as one!

Shows begin each day at 11:00 am and run each hour after that until about 5:00 pm, depending on the park hours for the day. So be sure to check your park schedule for changes. The theater has bench seating with backs, and while the seats are not cushioned, they aren’t too bad for the 40 minute show. There is generally plenty of room to spread out a little bit so you aren’t holding all your stuff – it fits nicely between your feet or under the seat. Since the show is lengthy be sure to stop for a break before entering the theater since the cast members do keep everyone seated and out of the aisles for the safety of the performers.

This theater has great seating throughout. There is a lower section in front called the bubble area! I have sat in both the upper section and the lower “bubble” area. From my perspective, while I prefer the upper section,  the kids will love the bubbles, so give it a try the next time you find yourself in Animal Kingdom.

As the theater comes alive with fish and mammals of all kinds before your eyes, you suddenly realize it seems like you are under the sea! The puppeteers cover the entire stage, including the wide walkways that separate the upper and lower sections and then down thru the middle back to the stage. You will see colorful jellyfish come up these walkways and end up right before your eyes. This is one of the most colorful plays in Walt Disney World.

Have you seen Finding Nemo – The Musical? Can you name all the different friends as they come alive before your eyes? Which area did you enjoy more?

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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