Intermission is over! There could not be a more poignant catchphrase for the return of Cirque du Soleil, and the grand opening of Drawn To Life is proof that Act 2 is gearing up to be even better than Act 1. Disney Springs’ brand new Cirque du Soleil show, Drawn to Life, is everything Disney needed in that venue and it is everything Cirque du Soleil fans and Disney fans will treasure. Welcome back to the stage and welcome back to Disney Cirque du Soleil. Bravo for a beautiful homecoming.
Thank you to Disney for inviting me to be part of the special grand opening event.
Intermission Is Over
Live performances, oh how we’ve missed you. It’s shocking to believe that Disney has been without a Cirque du Soleil show for four years. We saw one of La Nouba’s final performances in 2017, and we were excited to see what would happen next after its 19-year run. Unfortunately, what happened next was 2020. Drawn To Life was originally scheduled to open in April 2020, but as we all know Cirque du Soleil like the rest of the world shut down.
But intermission is over, live performances have returned and thankfully so has Cirque du Soleil.
This is the show Disney and Cirque du Soleil have been waiting for. The magical combination of artistry and music was beautiful. Known for its distinct live music, Cirque du Soleil perfectly wove Disney’s treasured songs into its melodies. I found myself realizing I humming along to samplings of Disney songs like “Baby of Mine” and songs from Tarzan while watching the amazing acrobatics Cirque du Soleil is known for.
Cirque du Soleil Drawn To Life
Without any spoilers, I promise, Drawn To Life is a heartwarming story about a girl and her animation journey. It’s not over-the-top Disney, rather it is a love letter to Disney’s animation. There’s also a tribute to women in animation, who for so long were largely unseen. Even my daughter noticed that theme and pointed out that it reminded her of the book Pocket Full Of Colors, which tells the story of Mary Blair. Another book about women in Disney animation, Pencils, Pens and Brushes is available in the Cirque du Soleil gift shop.
Since our middle daughter takes aerial silks lessons, I invited her to be my plus one for the event and she was just as mesmerized by what was happening on stage as I was. I loved hearing her audible gasps and cries as the artists performed feats that seem to defy gravity. I have a strong feeling this show will encourage her to level up her aerial silks practice.
Like other Cirque du Soleil shows, there is so much happening on stage one could watch this show again and again and see something new every time. Discussing the show as we entered the afterparty my daughter remarked, “Sometimes there was so much happening, I just didn’t know where to look. I need to see it again.” A woman nearby remarked that we all felt the same way, and they are both right. I wouldn’t mind seeing the show again with the rest of our family very soon.
At the grand opening of Drawn To Life, John Stamos talked about his love for Disney and for Cirque du Soleil. I believe everyone in attendance agreed with his assessment that the combination of both was meant to be.
With just the right combination of humor, areobics, storytelling and music the newest Cirque du Soleil show is a must-see.
Cirque Du Soleil Disney Springs
The wait is over tickets are now on sale for Cirque du Soleil’s Drawn To Life at Disney Springs through the end of 2022. Whether you are visiting on vacation or looking for something new to do in the Orlando area, I highly recommend the show for children of all ages. From grandparents to babies, there is something that will captivate everyone’s attention.
Ticket prices range from $85 – $185. For reference, we sat in the $119 area (the second pricing tier) and had great seats. Showtimes are 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Learn more and book your tickets on Cirque du Soleil’s website.