PHOTOS & VIDEO: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Drawn to Life’ Opens in Disney World

Over a year following Disney World’s reopening, several guest offerings are just now starting to come back. Over at Disney Springs, some long-awaited entertainment is finally celebrating its opening!


Disney World began its temporary closure just days before performances of the new Cirque du Soleil show, Drawn to Life, were set to begin. Now, it’s finally time to raise the curtain!

We’re at the first night of performances. It feels like we’ve been waiting such a long time to see this new show since it was originally set to open back in the spring of 2020! We’re so happy to see its time has finally arrived.

©Cirque du Soleil

Drawn to Life follows the story of Julie, a 12-year-old girl, who finds a piece of unfinished animation left to her by her father, who passed away.

©Cirque du Soleil

Julie works to finish the piece of animation and goes on an exciting adventure along the way.

©Cirque du Soleil

Using her imagination, Julie goes on a journey of animation, where she’ll encounter all kinds of unique characters. Throughout the show, you’ll see images depicting all kinds of classic Disney characters, so keep those eyes peeled!

©Cirque du Soleil

During the show’s delay, the creators had time to revisit the story and even add in some new acts. The show has 10 acts in total that guests will get to enjoy.

©Cirque du Soleil

Throughout the show, the international cast of 62 artists will perform some seriously incredible feats.

©Cirque du Soleil

Cirque has shared that this is a “first-of-its-kind” collaboration between Cirque and Disney and truly is a “love letter to Disney Animation interpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic performances.”

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Tonight, we got to be in the audience for the show’s opening night!

Drawn to Life

Still need to pick up your tickets? Head to the Box Office, located just outside of the main lobby entrance.

Drawn to Life box office

There’s a photo op located right outside the lobby entrance.

Drawn to Life photo op

Walking through the lobby space, you’re immediately surrounded by the magic of Disney animation.

Drawn to Life lobby

There’s also a bar area where guests can purchase beverages.

Bar area inside the Drawn to Life lobby

Here’s a look at what you can purchase at the bar! Both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks are available.

Bar menu

There are special Drawn to Life-branded cups available when you purchase a drink.

Cute cups!

The design continues as you make your way to your seat.

Drawn to LIfe lobby area

Even the restrooms are animation-themed!

You can find little nods to animation everywhere you go!

The restroom has even more fun tidbits of information about Disney animation, so be sure to make a pitstop while you’re there!

Inside one of the restrooms

Here’s a glimpse at what the theatre looks like when the audience enters.

Drawn to Life pre-show

You can see the blank pieces of paper around the proscenium arch, as well as a few swings.

Drawn to Life

Before the performance began, John Stamos appeared on stage to give a brief curtain speech!

John Stamos!

Here’s a look at his curtain speech!

There was also a special appearance by Daniel Lamarre, the CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

Daniel Lamarre

Tickets are currently on sale for the Cirque du Soleil show. It will be offered most nights from Tuesday through Saturday in Disney Springs. Select shows have sold out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.

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Do you currently have tickets to see Drawn to Life? Let us know in the comments!

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Disclosure: We were invited by Disney to attend the opening of Drawn to Life. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

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2 Replies to “PHOTOS & VIDEO: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Drawn to Life’ Opens in Disney World”

  1. In a related question: Can you now enter Disney Springs at the Cirque de Soleil entrance? That entrance was closed so temperature checks could be performed at two other entrances in the middle and the entrance by Bibbidi Boppidi Boutique. Has it been reopened? I prefer walking from Saratoga Springs and using that entrance.

  2. I loved the previous Cirque du Soleil show and was thrilled when they announced this new show. I have a ticket to see the show Friday December 10th. I bought it in August.