This September, Finding Nemo will be released in theaters in 3D. It doesn’t seem like that long since it first debuted in 2003, but in the past nine years millions have grown to love Nemo, Marlin, Dori, Crush, and their friends. Although Walt Disney World guests miss out on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage that’s only in Disneyland, they get to find Nemo in several unique ways at the Florida parks.
Here are three things to do in Walt Disney World if you love Finding Nemo.
1. Finding Nemo—The Musical
The story is touching! The costumes are great! The music is fabulous! It’s indoors and air-conditioned! What’s not to love about Finding Nemo—The Musical? This 40-minute show plays several times a day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is simply not to be missed.
2. The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion
There’s a ton for Nemo fans to do at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion in Epcot. First, don’t miss getting your picture taken with the “Mine, mine” seagulls outside.
Once inside, take a ride in a clammobile on The Seas with Nemo & Friends and see Nemo swim with real fish.
When you exit the attraction, you’ll be in The Sea Base, where you can see real clownfish, jellyfish, and stingrays and learn about sharks and other sea creatures. (As you can tell from my certificate, I am now a “sea expert” due to my training at the pavilion.)
Before you leave The Sea Base, make sure to take in a show of Turtle Talk with Crush. During this show, your kids will have an opportunity to ask Crush questions, so I recommend having them think of a question or two before you go in.
3. Finding Nemo at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
The last item on today’s list isn’t something you can do yet, but on May 31, 2012, the Finding Nemo family suites will open at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. You can see pictures on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney website. Even if you don’t stay at the resort, you can visit the courtyard and get photos with a giant Mr. Ray, Crush, and a sea anemone with Marlin and Nemo. In this video, you can see a little of how the icons were made and installed. I can’t wait to see them in person!
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After May 31, 2012, you can start a Nemo (or Dori or Crush or Marlin) themed day in Walt Disney World by waking up in your Finding Nemo family suite. Take a bus to Epcot and hang out at The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion. When you’re done there, head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and get a Times Guide to find out the next showing of Finding Nemo—The Musical. After the show, head back to the hotel. Get photos with the icons outside, and maybe take a dip in The Big Blue Pool. Your kids can play in The Schoolyard (a water play area) or Righteous Reef Playground.
Just keep swimming!