First Look at New Cirque du Soleil Show “Drawn to Life”, Coming Soon to Disney!

After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil is returning to Disney Springs with Drawn to Life, a celebration of the art of Disney animation!


The show officially opens April 17th, with previews beginning March 20th, but we’ve been invited to a sneak preview! Here’s everything we know so far about this amazing new show!

If you’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show, you’re in for a treat. This isn’t anything like you’d expect from a traditional circus like Barnum and Bailey. Cirque du Soleil prides itself on combining the pinnacle of circus arts and multimedia technology to bring fantastic stories to life. Previous Cirque du Soleil shows have included tributes to the Beatles, a “live action movie” directed by Robert Rodriguez, and a motorcycle stunt show!

The former Cirque du Soleil Venue

This new show is a tribute to the art and artistry of Disney Animation, which you can see from the redesigned venue!

Drawn to Life Stage

You’ll notice plenty of artistic details on the stage, including work desks in the back…

Drawn to Life Theater

…along with a large cup of pencils and paintbrushes on display!

Drawn to Life Theater

Prior to the preview, we heard from the President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel Lamarre, who spoke on the exciting new show.

Daniel Lamarre

Then, we heard from Chief Creative Officer of Cirque du Soleil, Diane Quinn, as well as Natalie Woodward, who is VP of Production for Disney Parks.

Diane Quinn and Natalie Woodward

We were also so excited to see Eric Goldberg take the stage! The legendary Disney animator spoke on the show, whose focus is Disney Animation.

Eric Goldberg

The story follows our main character, Julie, a young girl whose father was a Disney animator. Because of her father’s profession, she grows up surrounded by the animation of Disney, which plays an important role in her childhood.

Cast of Drawn to Life

After her father passes, Julie finds an unfinished piece of animation, as well as a letter from her late father, which leads us into our story of imagination in the world of Disney Animation!


Some of the characters you’ll meet include Mr. Pencil (a pencil that belonged to her father), as well as the villain of the store, Miss Hésitation, a crumpled up piece of paper who represents Julie’s fears and hesitation in her path to artistry.

Mr. Pencil, Julie, and Miss Hésitation

The show is told in multiple acts, and follows Disney as she reunites with Disney characters from her childhood. Check out a preview of two of those acts (The Inner World of Animation and Aerial Pencil) below:

The show will begin previews March 20th, with a grand opening of April 17th in Disney Springs!

Are you excited for the new Cirque du Soleil show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Disclosure: We were invited by Disney to attend a preview of the the new Cirque du Soleil show, Drawn to Life. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.


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Austin Lang is an Orlando local with a love of Disney, puns, and Disney puns. He's been a contributing writer for AllEars since 2019, and has been sharing his quirky view of Disney life ever since.

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  1. Are the seats the same. If you are bigger than a size 12 you feel like you can’t move. Forget bending down your drink or bag. Its like doing sit ups on 1″ sq.