When you are at Disney Springs, it is hard to miss the Cirque du Soleil building. It used to hold the show La Nouba which closed in 2017. It had a good run though, it went on for 18 years. The new show Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil was announced, and many were excited.
Many had high expectations for the show since Cirque de Soleil is known for its incredible acrobatics. When you add that to Disney, you know that they want to blow Guests away. The show was supposed to start previews on March 20th, 2020, but when the COVID-19 pandemic started, that was put on hold.
Yesterday November 18th, 2021, the day many had waited for, finally arrived. It was the official opening day of Drawn to Life. Disney hosted us to experience the first show at 5:30.
Since the show is indoors you are required to wear face coverings at all times. Photos and videos are not allowed during the actual show for the safety of all the performers. When you enter the theater, make sure to take note of the artwork on the walls. There is also a photo opportunity where you can take a photo on a swing. It will make more sense when you see the show.
Before the performance, you have a pre-show where members of the cast come out and entertain the audience. Children were invited to go on stage and draw pictures to show the audience on a large screen. A pillow also entertains you on the stage so keep an eye on that.
We also had a great surprise. Actor John Stamos was invited to come on stage and introduce the show. He was followed by Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World. He then welcomed Daniel Lamarre, CEO of Cirque du Soleil.
Drawn to Life tells the story of a young girl named Julie. Her father passed away and left a letter with instructions on his desk. He was an animator, and he left his final project unfinished and wanted her to complete it. It was one last connection that she could have to him.
With her incredible imagination and her father’s pencil, she completes that project. Of course, you need a villain, and she tries to discourage Julie and steal her sketch pad. There’s lots of comedy and touching moments in the show.
There are so many touches to Disney, but it is not the show’s main feature, although you will see many of your favorite characters included. There are little moments where they will have Disney music as well.
There is so much going on during the show that sometimes you don’t even know where to look. The acrobatics and stunts are incredible. There are jugglers, seesaws, fairies who do tricks on unicycles, a stilt walker, and some of the most amazing human strength I’ve ever seen. The setting is beautiful, and the costumes are stunning. The makeup and the attention to detail are incredible and breathtaking.
This is a 90 minute show, and there is no intermission, so make sure to make a stop at the bathroom before the show begins. Also, one thing to note, the men’s restroom in the women’s restroom are on opposite sides of the theater, so when looking for that, know that they are not right next to each other.
After the show, I was truly speechless. I’m honestly not a huge fan of theater productions, but this blew me away. I cannot say enough amazing things about this show, and it is worth the price of a ticket. I would 100% recommend this to everyone and if you are on the fence about going, do it. It is so unique and honestly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.
There is not a bad seat in the theater, and we would recommend just turning your phone off and enjoy the show. Being there with no distractions around you is a great way to unplug for an hour and a half and take everything in. It is the next day, and I’m still amazed by what I saw yesterday.
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