PHOTOS - Details on two of the acts that will appear in the new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs

Mar 03, 2020 in "Cirque du Soleil"

New Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World

Disney and Cirque du Soleil are releasing more information and a look inside the new Disney Springs Cirque du Soleil show - Drawn to Life.

Drawn to Life will feature ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are excited to reveal two acrobatic acts and the set of Drawn to Life,the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil,Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs. Tickets are on sale now at

“Interpreting the works from Disney’s spectacular catalogue of animation into a live show was a thrilling opportunity for Cirque du Soleil, and we couldn’t be more proud of this production,” explained Diane Quinn, Chief Creative Officer Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “Together with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, we have created a stunning show that will inspire audiences to dream and reach for the impossible.”

Drawn to Life is a live acrobatic journey telling the story of Julie, a determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her Disney animator father: an unfinished animation. As she dives into the inner world of animation, Julie embarks on an inspiring quest guided by a surprising pencil and filled with her childhood Disney memories. The story is driven by ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine, both of which were unveiled today. Drawn to Lifealso features animation from beloved Disney films as well as all-new animation created by Disney artists led by Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as the Genie in the animated classic, “Aladdin.”

“Our show uses new technologies and art forms to portray the innate physicality of animation,” says Michel Laprise, Show Writer & Director. “During a number of the acts, classic Disney animation sequences come alive via contemporary projections, complementing the spectacular feats of our acrobats.

“Together Disney and Cirque du Soleil have created an incredible new family entertainment experience that is sure to awe audiences and touch the hearts of adults and children alike,” says Natalie Woodward, Vice President of Production for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “Our two organizations are rooted in artistry and share a passion for creating memorable experiences. That’s one reason Drawn to Lifeis a show that could only come from the creative minds of Disney and Cirque du Soleil.

Audience members of all ages will not only be enthralled by the unbelievable talent and strength of the acrobats of Drawn to Life, but by the stunning stage and props as well. Stéphane Roy, the show’s award-winning Set Designer, managed to create a fully immersive world for Julie’s journey inside the world of animation with no detail overlooked. Drawn to Life plays out on a vast stage made to look like an animator’s desk; sheets of paper surround the stage resembling the stacks of drafts that an animator inevitably sifts through during their creation process while a colossal version of an animator’s lamp towers overhead.

“Every aspect of the set design has been meticulously crafted by Stéphane, who left no detail of the animator’s world untouched. The size and scope of props used in the show are spellbinding,’’ says Fabrice Becker, Creation Director.

With an international cast of 65 artists, Drawn to Lifewill perform two shows per day, Tuesday through Saturday, at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Article Posted: Mar 03, 2020 / 12:17pm ET
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WondersOfLife22 days ago

I remember seeing it as a kid... The auditorium was pretty large and packed. Then I saw it a couple of years ago... They divided the auditorium in half with a black curtain, cutting out half of the seats... And even THEN, they still had LOTS of empty seats (on two separate showings I saw). I think it was either it's time to retire, or for them to develop a new BMG show.

DznyGrlSD26 days ago

I only saw BMG once at Universal around 2010? It was good, but not a repeatable show (for me) like Cirque is.

TrainChasers27 days ago

I’ve only seen them in Chicago... how did they sell at universal?

the.dreamfinder27 days ago

It’s official BMG is out at UOR.

Magic Feather27 days ago

An early concept had a moderate Cirque presence on the South campus. I’m under the impression that Disney fought for them to stay exclusive he they caught wind, drawn to life happened, the Universal project died.

the.dreamfinder27 days ago Wasn’t there talk at one point of a new Cirque show at UNI?

DznyGrlSDJan 26, 2021

Hey @Benjamin_Nicholas since you appear to be the most "in" regarding Cirque - any movement in Orlando as far as acrobats, practice, etc?

the.dreamfinderJan 25, 2021

Planned Berlin resident show “NYSA” cancelled.

DznyGrlSDJan 25, 2021

Got my Cirque ticket refund over the weekend. *sigh*

DznyGrlSDJan 06, 2021

Just got an email about my February tickets. What I'm understanding is I won't get a refund until up to 30 days after my show date (2/10)? That's interesting... Dear Cirque du Soleil Guest, In light of current events, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is temporarily suspending the performances of Drawn to Life at Disney Springs that you currently hold tickets for. From the very beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Cirque du Soleil took rigorous measures to protect its work teams and the public. Our priority has always been, and remains, the health and safety of our artists, our partners, our employees and our audiences. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation to determine when the show will open. We look forward to putting shows on sale as soon as we have a confirmed opening date. As the performance you purchased has been postponed, we are encouraging you to keep your tickets and contact us at[/EMAIL] by Friday, January 15 to hold a credit on your account until new show dates are announced. All tickets that are not held as a credit by January 15 will be automatically refunded within 30 days after your performance was scheduled to take place. If you have any questions about Cirque du Soleil resident shows, including Drawn to Life, please write to[/EMAIL] We appreciate your support and thank you kindly for your understanding. Cirque du Soleil Your Drawn to Life customer experience team [/TD] [/TR] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [/TD] [/TR] [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]

rangerbobJan 05, 2021

OK. Did know when it was placed there. I just saw it there.

halltdJan 05, 2021

Those videos are from December of 2019 or early 2020....before COVID.

rangerbobJan 05, 2021

If rehearsals aren't going on; how is there a video on the Cirque website showing rehearsals?

halltdJan 05, 2021

No one (Disney or Cirque) ever announced a revised opening night since the original in March 2020 (technically April for the official opening) didn't happen. 2/10 was simply the last day not cancelled in advance. It was never an "opening night".