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It’s the backbone of Disney, animation! As Walt Disney said, it all started with a mouse, and the new Cirque du Soleil production is tapping into that mindset. From Snow White to Aladdin and the recently release Frozen 2, the characters we know and love, come to life through animation. With a new Cirque du Soleil in works, let’s talk a peek behind the curtain to see what’s happening!

The Back Story

It’s a staple of Disney Springs. On December 23, 1998, Cirque du Soleil opened its door for the first time at Walt Disney World. The show entitled La Numba held down the Westside of then named Downtown Disney for 19 years. A monumental run to say the least. On December 31, 2017, the doors to the Cirque du Soleil closed on La Numba.

Passholder Insights: The building for Cirque du Soleil is shaped like a big top you would find a circus.

Cirque du Soleil concept art

The New Production

At the 2017 D23 expo Walt Disney World announced the Cirque du Soleil production of La Numba would be coming to end to make way for a new show. The August event shared no details around what would the production would encompass. Fast-forward to the end of 2017 and the Disney Parks Blog announced the show would be designed around the rich history of Disney animation.

The storyline will follow a young girl Julie on her journey of discovering animation. Guests will start on the desk of an animator where hand-drawn animation is brought to life and off the page in a magical way. Moving from paper to live production guests will be brought on an elegant and magical journey on what it is like to bring animation to life. Using the mesmerizing aerobatics of the Cirque du Soleil performers we’ll experience the art of Disney.

Passholder Insights: Walt Disney World is one of the few locations worldwide to have a permit Cirque du Soleil show.

What We Know

Doors for the newest Cirque du Soleil production will open on March 20, 2020, with shows occurring on Wednesday through Saturday. Ticket prices will range from $79 to $179 per person and are already on sales on the Cirque du Soleil website. The name of the new show was officially announced on December 10, 2019 as Draw to Life.

Reviewing the concept art, we should expect to see Disney’s fab five as part of the production. As the shadow of Goofy makes an appearance in the artwork. We’d expect a few Imagineering effects as the artwork shows scenes that look to transform from black and white to color.

Passholder Insights: The theater doesn’t have any bad seats. We’ve sat in all the pricing levels and all have fantastic views as it’s a smaller theater only holding 1671 guests per show.

Our Thoughts

Bring on more animation! We’ve definitely enjoyed seeing Walt Disney World add more animation-related experience to the parks, like the new Lion King animation experience at the Animal Kingdom and now the new Cirque du Soleil show. The La Numba show was fantastic and one we went back to on multiple occasions. We’re excited about what’s in store the new production, especially since it will have a bigger tie into Disney. Majority of the time the permit Cirque du Soleil are solid compared to the traveling shows. The only left to do is get our tickets!

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