Finding Nemo became a big part of our lives ever since Jordan was born. Back when she was a newborn and Cameron was in the pre-school four-year-old room, we used Nemo and his lucky fin as a way to explain Jordan’s limb difference. Thanks to the Lucky Fin Project, it’s become a term used around the world for a child or adult with a limb difference. So, visiting a show based on our favorite clownfish is always a must.
At the end of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration where Jordan won a special Dream Big, Princess Innovation award, we had a half day to spend in Animal Kingdom. So, of course, we used one of our FastPass+ reservations to see the Finding Nemo The Musical show. Jordan was wearing her new Nemo-inspired dress in honor of the show. I wore a matching orange dress because I’m silly. Each time we’ve visited the Nemo show, I’ve asked one question before going inside. This time, it led to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Before we went inside the theater, I walked up to the manager of the show near the entrance and introduced myself and Jordan. I mentioned how Jordan was born with a lucky fin just like Nemo. I asked if there was any chance Jordan could meet the cast after the show. We’ve been told no in the past, but it was during a much busier season in the parks. This time, Jordan sat in a VIP seat to watch the show. Nemo ran by and said hi to her at the end of the show. Afterward, a Disney Cast Member led us back to the theater manager who took us backstage. That’s when we didn’t just meet the main characters of the show; we met the WHOLE cast! They were amazing.
Jordan walked into the crowd of Nemo cast members, and they asked her amazing questions. They admired her dress. I took pictures, and Cast Members took pictures for me. And I told the group how Jordan had just won a special award, and she got to talk about all the cool design work she’s doing. Everyone was full of smiles. As we left, Jordan got to hug Nemo and Dory (who was amazing) and even the actor who plays Marlin needed to hug Jordan. It was so so special. As we left, the theater manager even gave us a special extra Fastpass to enjoy an extra ride.
Jordan and I were GLOWING after that experience. She couldn’t stop spinning and dancing as we walked back to Expedition Everest to experience a different awesome. I have tried but never expected to meet the Nemo cast. Attending the show is always so special. I tear up each and every time at the end. I say that even though I’ve seen it at least five or six times. We are so thankful to the many Cast Members who made our special time at Disney World more amazing than we could have ever imagined.