Disney and Cirque du Soleil Teamed Up to Create a New Show Inspired by Disney Animation
Disney and Cirque du Soleil have joined forces to create a show that highlights Disney animation through an incredible acrobatic performance. Starting April 17, guests watching Drawn to Life will embark on an imaginative journey as they witness 10 acrobatic acts inspired by classic Disney films and animation.
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This new, family-friendly show is a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, a renowned Canadian arts organization that produces circus arts shows, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Imagineering. Diane Quinn, the chief creative officer for the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, said, “Together with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, we have created a stunning show that will inspire audiences to dream and reach for the impossible.”
Drawn to Life tells the story of a young girl named Julie, the daughter of a Disney animator who discovers the world of animation through her father’s illustrations. The show features acrobatic interpretations of the animation process, including an aerial pole routine inspired by pencil tests — one of the first steps in animation work. Throughout the journey, guests will also catch glimpses of their favorite Disney animated films, like Aladdin and Cinderella.
Drawn to Life highlights beloved Disney films while also focusing on the process animators take to bring their characters and stories to life. Cirque du Soleil worked with legendary Disney animators like Eric Goldberg (known for his work in Aladdin, Hercules, and Pocahontas) to show all the effort and inspiration behind Disney’s animated films. Even the theater’s stage looks like an animator’s desk, covered in paper drafts of animations with a large lamp looming above.
The show will run Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Although dates are beginning to sell out, you can currently purchase tickets for shows through August, with prices starting at $79. Disney strongly recommends buying tickets ahead of time on the official Cirque du Soleil website. The theater is located in Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.