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New Cirque Du Soleil at Disney Springs show gets name, opening date

Cirque du Soleil announced the date it will return to Disney Springs with its new show and revealed the name for its highly anticipated Disney animation-inspired show – Drawn to Life. The family friendly show will open for previews March 20, 2020 and have its official premiere on April 17, 2020.

Drawn to Life is written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of creation. The show features broad collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

“For Cirque du Soleil, this is a beautiful way of celebrating Disney’s legacy in the art of animation,” said Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group President and CEO. “This new and exciting production is most certainly the best way to highlight the privileged relationship we have with our colleagues at Walt Disney World and our joint commitment to continually bring audiences new experiences that surpass their expectations.”

“What fascinates us is that moment when life appears in drawings. Just like in an acrobat’s body, the visceral physicality of animation. The way they perform, the way they create the illusion of life,” said Laprise.

“In creating this show, we’ve brought to life an extraordinary new entertainment experience for the whole family,” said Josh, D’Amaro, president, Walt Disney World Resort, “It blends all the heart, humor and joy of Disney storytelling with new acrobatic performances and effects never before seen in a Cirque du Soleil production.”

The show is a result of years of research and extraordinary collaboration that included extensive visits to Disney theme parks, Walt Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, The Walt Disney Family Museum, as well as hands-on work between Disney animators and Cirque du Soleil. In fact, the Cirque du Soleil teams collaborated extensively with legacy animators to create the show.

I like how the name is a double-entendre. It represents both the life of an animator who is drawn to animate life as an avocation, but also the characters of animatiaon, who themselves are drawn into living beings. It sounds like the new show will explore both meanings.

Here’s the official description: This new show follows the story of Julie, a courageous and determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her late father: an unfinished animation piece. Guided by a surprising pencil, she embarks on an inspiring quest sprinkled with her Disney childhood memories. Through this journey, she learns to imagine new possibilities and animate the story of her future.

“It has been a fantastic collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. We had the chance to work with some of the animators that have worked on iconic Disney movies. You’ll get to meet some of your favourite characters, but maybe in a very different way,” says Fabrice Becker, Creation Director.

With an international cast of more than 65 artists, the refreshed Cirque du Soleil theater located in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, will welcome up to 1,580 spectators for each show, five days a week. That’s quit a schedule even with two dark days.

For more information on show tickets, dates and pricing, visit

Previously: video of rehearsal for Cirque Du Soleil’s Drawn to Life.