Cirque du Soleil Chief Executive discusses reopening plans for Drawn to Life at Disney Springs

Apr 22, 2021 in "Cirque du Soleil"

New 'Drawn to Life' Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World
Posted: Thursday April 22, 2021 10:25am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Cirque du Soleil Chief Executive Daniel Lamarre announced yesterday that several of the company's shows will return this summer in Las Vegas, but no date was given for "Drawn to Life" at Disney Springs.

"Drawn to Life,"  that was set to open in Spring 2020 at Disney Springs, and was just days away from opening when the COVID-19 shutdown began. Asked by the LA Times about "Drawn to Life," Lamarre said, "We should be able to open sometime in the fall."

We understand that limited rehearsals have been taking place among small groups of performers at the Cirque theater in Disney Springs.

This news comes in addition to Disney's January 1 "things to do in the new year" list, which listed Cirque du Soleil's Drawn to Life as coming later in 2021.

The show was originally planned to begin on March 20 2020, but was cancelled due to the arrival of COVID-19. Since then, Cirque du Soleil has gone through a turbulent period with mass layoffs and filing for bankruptcy. 

Here is the mention in the "21 Ways to Kick Off 2021 with Magic at Walt Disney World Resort" press release from Disney in January:

Get Excited for Even More Magic Later this Year – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the new family-friendly attraction coming to the France pavilion in EPCOT, will debut in 2021. And the new Cirque du Soleil show “Drawn to Life,” coming to Disney Springs, will be a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. More details about these experiences and other excitement happening around Walt Disney World will be released at a later date.

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WondersOfLife20 days ago

Any additions are a plus. Nemo musical can learn from this. Lol.

TrainsOfDisney23 days ago

You may have seen a more simplified version of the act (the Russian swings were a joke when I saw the show so it’s definitely possible) but the cradle act was very good and very impressive in my opinion. It was just staged extremely poorly.

the.dreamfinder23 days ago

Did they ever end up printing a proper show program for Drawn to Life? When I went last March, they only had a folded, double sided poster with the crew details on the back of the poster.

SaucyBoy24 days ago

These will be nice additions to the show.

JohnD24 days ago

Looking forward to it. Already bought my ticket for an April Sunday matinee so I guess too late to get a FR discount. I bought a Cat 2 at the regular rate. I'm not going to sweat the additional $10. The discount is $10-$11 depending on Cat 3 or Cat 2 (Cat 3: $87 regular, $77 FR; Cat 2: $104 regular, $93 FR). "Offer is only valid on purchases made between February 22nd, 2023 to March 12th, 2023, only valid on seat category 2 and seat category 3, and only valid for performances of Drawn to Life taking place between February 22nd, 2023 to May 7th, 2023, subject to the Blockout Dates below." See link below.

MisterPenguin24 days ago

The color sequence has other problems. The aerialist, even with the boost of being thrown into the air isn't doing more flips or twists than the other acrobatic acts. If it were an Olympic event, it would be characterized as "starting with a low point value." The guys on the teeter totter do more difficult elements in a quicker tempo (no lulls) with some humor. Putting two other aerialists in front of the color wheel is likely because audience polls show how underwhelming it is. Can the big wheel and bring in more 'wheel' acts: Like the big rings the acrobat rides inside. A hula hoopist. Etc... Dress them up like an artist's palette with paint daubs and color the floor with projected colors.

TrainsOfDisney24 days ago

Those are good additions - glad they are working on the show. The stilt walking was a solo when I saw the show and it was very underwhelming as an act. Icarian is usually very good so that will be a big improvement. I think they are missing the problem with the color sequence - it’s not a trapeze act it’s a Russian cradle act. The cradle needs to be set up in the circle close to the audience and performed low enough that safeties aren’t required. The staging of that act takes away from the talent. If they did that and added the Lyra in the background - that would be cool.

DCBaker24 days ago

Some changes have come to Drawn to Life - "New highflying acts have joined “Drawn to Life,” the Cirque du Soleil-Disney show at Walt Disney World, and Florida residents can buy discount tickets for a limited time to check out the changes. An all-new acrobatic act, additional aerial artists and a ‘flying guitarist” are now part of the spectacular, which is performed Wednesday-Sunday at Disney Springs. The changes, and a spring discount on certain tickets, were announced Monday morning. Only one act — a pair of stiltwalkers — has left the production, said Ann Paladie, director of public relations for Cirque du Soleil. The new additions primarily enhance existing scenes in “Drawn to Life,” which tells a sentimental and hopeful story of a little girl who uses animation to honor her late father, who was a Disney animator. By paying tribute to him, the legacy of Disney animation and the company’s beloved characters and movies also are honored. The stiltwalkers have been replaced by a pair of performers performing what is known as “Icarian Games” — a series of acrobatic feats in which performers use their legs and feet to toss fellow acrobats in the air for flips, somersaults and other dramatic visuals. That act, featuring a pair of Ethiopian acrobats, salutes “Disney’s animated forests — and the mysterious creatures that inhabit them,” according to the announcement. Aerialists in flying hoops will perform during an act known as “Dream of Colors” which already features a pair of trapeze artists on a suspended wheel. Because the wheel is at the back of the stage, the addition of the aerial hoops will bring the show closer to the audience during that scene, Paladie said. The “Dream of Colors” act is an homage to ink and paint animation artists; the trapeze artists appear to “paint” colors while they perform. Finally, the show-opening rhythmic gymnastics act, will be augmented with a guitarist who soars above the acrobats as they flip through the air. New musical compositions will be incorporated into the show with the additional acts, as well." Full article below.

JohnDFeb 17, 2023

Just purchased a green $87 seat in 202 one section over so a little more off to the side from 203.

SaucyBoyFeb 17, 2023

Any seat in sections 203-205 is ideal. When I saw the show last summer I sat in 204 row U and had a fabulous view of the entire stage.

JohnDFeb 17, 2023

Okay. That green seat is now gray. The great thing about having the Pixie Dust pass is that I can free up the weekend for doing other things so I'm going to a Sunday matinee at 4pm.

JohnDFeb 17, 2023

Awesome, I was looking at the $75 seats first but then thought the $87 might be better. They have seats along the top row facing at the center of the theatre. But just one seat over from $104 seats would save me some money. Thanks.

The ColonelFeb 17, 2023

I sat in the middle of the blue and it was perfect, but if you can score that one green seat you can save some bucks

JohnDFeb 17, 2023

I think I see what you're saying. So, like this one green $87 seat next to all the blue $104 seats.