Review: Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil now open in Disney Springs

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Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

Review: Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil now open in Disney Springs. It is hard to know where to start reviewing Drawn to Life, the newest Cirque Du Soleil show (experience is a better word). From knowing all the people who are back to work including performers, cast members, technicians, stage crew, and everyone who makes a show run. To the overstimulating of the senses that a Cirque show can be, and is. To the beauty of great storytelling that Disney is known for. Drawn to Life is going to be a grand slam of a show. Read below for a synopsis.

A first-of-its-kind creative collaboration between iconic memory-makers Cirque du Soleil and Disney opens tonight at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The new show, Drawn to Life, is a love letter to Disney Animation interpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, innovative design, and eclectic costuming alongside all-new characters created by Disney Animation artists and an original score inspired by timeless Disney music.

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Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

Drawn to Life features 10 distinct acrobatic performances and tells the story of a young girl, Julie, who discovers an unexpected gift left by her Disney Animator father: an unfinished animation. As she dives into the inner world of animation guided by a surprising pencil, Julie embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her Disney memories.

Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil is the 50th production created by Cirque du Soleil and its premiere coincides with the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration. With an international cast of 62 artists, Drawn to Life performances will take place Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information on show tickets, dates, and pricing, visit cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife

Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

Review: Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil was all ready to open when the pandemic hit, and everything shut down. It took 20 months for the Grand Opening to finally happen afterward. What a Grand Opening it was. The star-studded premiere had an opening speech by John Stamos, seated next to Josh D’Amaro, and seated in front of us was Famous Clown, Bello Nock. Jeff Vahle, the President of Walt Disney World gave a nod and a small speech praising the cast and crew who had to wait for this night, then gave the mic over to the CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre.

The show starts without knowing it had started, as performers slowly made their way around the stage playing with the audience. Children were brought up onto the stage and asked to draw for about 8 minutes. After they were done drawing and escorted back to the parents, the drawings were featured on the big screen. One of the simplest characters of the night, a Pillow, gets the crowd going with a few rounds of clapping. And then the show actually starts.

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Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

The show itself feels like we were living in a dull world, drab of colors. Then proceeds to get brighter and more vivid as the show progresses. The technology of the screens, the surround sound, the moving lights, and set pieces all play an integral part in telling the story. I could go on for hours about the overwhelming feeling of nostalgia and the awe of watching the performers.

For Disney’s part, they have some brand new animated sequences made especially for Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil. With cameos by some of Walt Disney Animations’ biggest and most well-known characters, you will definitely know you are at Walt Disney World watching this show.

Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

One of our favorite sequences was the villain, of course, there is a villain, it is a Disney story, after all, learns how to Evil laugh from her contemporaries. Scar, Ursula, Evil Queen, Jafar, and many others lend their evil laugh to the story.

The acts themselves are well choreographed and are a highlight to an already amazing story taking place. From the old Disney Short called “The Old Mill” which features a windmill, Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil had a duel “Wheel of Death” act that matched the windmill perfectly. The drama, the music, and the cartoon played the whole act and it worked amazingly well.

Other highlights included an Aerialist who looked like he was performing on a giant pencil that swung from the ceiling to an African Stilt Walker standing 30 or so feet above the crowd. Also, Tumblers and Acrobats amazed the audience and us.

So with all that being said, would we suggest you spend between $85.00 to $119.00 per ticket to see Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil? The short answer is yes!

Review: Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil now open in Disney Springs

The long answer is almost as simple, yes. Seriously though, I have been trying this whole night to put the experience into words and it has been hard, but I have settled with this. If my family, who does not have a lot of expendable money, comes to Walt Disney World Resort and had asked me “What would YOU do to get that Walt Disney Experience? What park or activity would you suggest?” My suggestion would be don’t do an extra park day, go see Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil.

The show is the most Walt Disney thing at Walt Disney World! End of Story.

That is saying a lot coming from someone who is at the parks or at the resort daily.

Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil

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