ORLANDO, Fla. (TNS) – Cirque du Soleil’s new show at Walt Disney World finally has a new opening date – more than a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic halted production.
Called “Drawn to Life,” the show was in final rehearsals and weeks away from its debut when the pandemic end brought an end to the entertainment industry. The show – the first created jointly by Cirque du Soleil and Disney – is now set to open at Disney Springs on November 18.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 20, according to the Disney Parks Blog – although emails sent to former Cirque du Soleil customers allowed them to purchase tickets immediately. On Tuesday morning, the best seats for the opening date of November 18 have already been announced.
The next performance after the Thursday November 18 debut is Saturday November 20. Then, “Drawn to Life” settles into a regular program of shows from Tuesday to Saturday.
“Drawn to Life” will only offer one performance per night until the fall, with show times at 5:30 pm As Christmas approaches, when crowds typically swell at Walt Disney World, a second hour of show will be added. As of December 21, performances are scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The schedule includes performances on the main holidays of the season: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Christmas Eve. New Years Day and New Years Day.
Tickets are on sale until December 31, 2022, with an occasional break. No performance is scheduled from January 9 to 17, 2022, for example. When production resumes on January 18, screenings will be 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Ticket prices start at $ 85 and $ 63.75 for children and vary by seat location across several price points: $ 119 / $ 89.25 for children, $ 149 / $ 111.75 for children and a higher level in which all seats are $ 185 regardless of age.
“Drawn to Life” is the replacement for “La Nouba”, which ran for more than 8,500 shows over nearly 20 years before closing on December 31, 2017. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil collaborated with Disney Imagineers on the new production. , which tells the story of a young girl who sets out to honor her father, a Disney host. The show will explore the history of Disney animation, combined with the colorful costumes, upbeat music and circus arts that Cirque du Soleil is famous for.
During a pre-pandemic preview, snippets from the Disney hit “A Whole New World” could be heard in the music, while silhouettes of characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were visible. The whole thing looks like a giant animator’s drawing board. Among the preview acts: synchronized gymnasts and performer on an “aerial pencil” – a suspended apparatus designed to resemble a basic tool of the profession of animator.
At the time, Fabrice Becker, Creative Director of “Drawn to Life”, said the show would feature an international cast of 65 people. The Disney Parks Blog reported that during the delay, performers stayed in shape by training at home or at local facilities.
In April, Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre dropped a hint about the revised opening date in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“We should be able to open in the fall,” Lamarre told the California newspaper, saying the company was “honored to have the opportunity to do a show with IP [intellectual property] from Disney.
Although Cirque du Soleil filed for bankruptcy during the pandemic, in November it was acquired by a group of its creditors in a deal that took out the company, which also owns Blue Man Group, from bankruptcy.
In June, Lamarre told CNBC things were going well and the company was selling more tickets each day than before the pandemic.