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Disney shares first look at Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs

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Disney has shared a behind-the-scenes look at the Cirque du Soleil show debuting at Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney Springs in spring 2020.

Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have partnered with Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs for the first time ever to create the new show.

The original production, which is currently unnamed, will combine Disney storytelling with Cirque du Soleil’s signature style.

It will celebrate and depict the art of Disney animation with new original acrobatic sequences, as well as choreography, music and characters.

Disney storytelling and Cirque du Soleil style

According to the Disney Parks Blog, the show’s physical feats will “amaze”, while performances require “astounding athletic skill”. The musical score will ‘shake the soul’, and the story “tugs deeply at the heart”.

“This show is a love letter to the art of animation,” said Michel Laprise, writer and show director. “And it’s just a pure joy for us to explore the richness and the authenticity and the audacity of Disney animation.”

“It’s a show really based on love,” Laprise added.

As the video explains, the main character of the Cirque du Soleil show is Julie. Raised by animators, Julie discovers a love of animation herself, and goes on to follow her dream.

Alongside Laprise, the video includes interviews with Fabrice Becker, creative director, and Michael Jung, executive creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering.

New show will depict the art of Disney animation

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Earlier this month, Walt Disney World Resort announced a new meet-and-greet experience with Mickey Mouse, launching at Epcot in 2020.

The theme park is currently in the midst of an historic transformation. and will soon feature the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and the Moana-themed Journey of Water.

Elsewhere, Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ at Vidanta Riviera Maya in Mexico unveiled a reimagined, theatrical menu. It is the only Cirque du Soleil show in the world to include a culinary experience.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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