New Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs debuts: 'Drawn to Life'

The new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs has officially debuted.

Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil have worked together since 1998, originally teaming up to bring ‘La Nouba’ to the stage. This show operated at Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, until coming to a close on Dec. 31, 2017.

After entertaining more than 11 million guests and performing close to 9,000 shows together, Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil decided to continue their relationship with a new show called ‘Drawn to Life.’

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Disney said that Drawn to Life is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

It is described as a live acrobatic journey that tells the story of Julie — a girl who discovers that her Disney animator father left behind an unfinished animation. She dives into the world of animation, guided by a pencil, and embarks on a quest that features ten acrobatic acts, pieces of iconic Disney films, and all-new Disney creations.


Photo from Walt Disney World


Photo from Walt Disney World

The show is reportedly family-friendly and takes inspiration from Disney’s 100-year heritage of animation. It brings innovative design, acrobatic performances, choreography, musical scores, and animation together.

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Disney said that the show was written and directed by Michel Laprise, will have Fabrice Becker as the Director of Creation, and features art led by Eric Goldberg — the man best known for characters like ‘Genie’ in the animated classic, ‘Aladdin.'


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Photo from Walt Disney World

"I think guests will be amazed to see how the magic of Cirque du Soleil and the art of Walt Disney Animation Studios have come together to bring life to classic and current characters like Baloo, Baymax, and Cinderella in ways that no one has ever imagined," Goldberg explained.

The show debuted on Thursday, Nov. 18. Disney said it will operate with 64 cast members performing Tuesday through Saturday at Disney Springs’ iconic white tent theater.

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Tickets for Drawn to Life can be purchased at

"With its combination of Disney animation and awe-inspiring performances, Drawn to Life is a great addition to the Disney Springs entertainment lineup and perfect for all ages," said Jeff Vahle, President of Walt Disney World Resort. "I’m excited for a new generation of guests to experience this show as part of their Walt Disney World vacations."


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Photo from Walt Disney World

‘Drawn To life’ is the 50th production created by Cirque du Soleil. It coincides with Walt Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration, dubbed the ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration.’ Festivities began on Oct. 1 and go for 18 months as new experiences come to the Florida resort.

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