A very special Finding Nemo The Musical experience

by Jen Lee Reeves on September 9, 2016 · 5 comments

in Disney World, Finding Nemo


We have always dreamed of a moment like this. And then I turned it into an epic selfie!

For years, our visits to Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort must include two things: Riding Expedition Everest and seeing a showing of Finding Nemo The Musical.

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.

nemo cast smilesBefore 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.

nemo hugs

amazedpostnemoJordan 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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Duncan September 9, 2016 at 5:23 am

A great way to finish the week, not sure who was most pleased, you, Jordan or the cast.

Lisa September 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

Lucky fins rule! I love the picture of Jordan with the excited look. What an amazing day it must have been.

Genae Gerardi September 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

This is seriously amazing, and makes me so happy. The first sentence of your story, I laughed and said, ‘Sounds just like me.’ As a Disney CM (Seasonal, unfortunately), I make sure to go and watch Finding Nemo: The Musical at least three times a week. I sit right up front. I still sob several times during the show (“That’s my dad!” “That’s my son!”) I know how powerful this musical can be, and seeing what your beautiful little girl is going through must make it even more powerful. I am so beyond happy that you got to experience this beautiful moment with your little girl! Looks like the big blue world really made some magic for you. 🙂

Jen Lee Reeves September 11, 2016 at 12:20 am

It really did, Genae. The show was always special and now it has an even more precious spot in our hearts!

Melissa October 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Aww that is one magical day if you ask me 🙂 I met the cast a couple of years ago and that is where I met my husband. He is among the many performers which is amazing. He portrays Bruce, Gill, Mr. Ray, one of the dueling swordfish and The lead and sometimes backup fish in the school of fish scene. I am really happy that your wishes came true. <3

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