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Disney World reveals opening date of Cirque du Soleil’s Drawn to Life production

Walt Disney World has announced the opening date of Drawn to Life, a Cirque du Soleil show launching at Disney Springs.

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Walt Disney World is opening Drawn to Life, a Cirque du Soleil production, on November 18 at Disney Springs. Tickets will go on sale to the public on August 20.

Drawn to Life is the result of a partnership between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

“With its combination of Disney animation and awe-inspiring performances, Drawn to Life is a great addition to the Disney Springs entertainment lineup and perfect for all ages,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World.

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Drawn to Life is a live acrobatic journey that follows Julie, a girl who discovers an unfinished animation left by her Disney animator father.

The family-friendly show brings Disney stories and characters to life through innovative design, acrobatic performances, incredible choreography, musical scores and new animation.

Drawn to Life opens November 18

Originally scheduled to open in spring 2020, Drawn to Life was in its final rehearsals before the global outbreak of COVID-19 last year.

“We are so looking forward to unveil this beautiful, long-awaited creation to the public,” said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

“We were moments away from opening night in March of 2020 when performances were paused. Intermission is now over and we cannot wait for Cirque and Disney fans to experience the joy of this love letter to the art of Walt Disney animation.”

Drawn to Life is the 50th production created by Cirque du Soleil. The premiere happens to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations at Walt Disney World Resort.

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to interpret the spectacular works from Disney’s catalogue of animation into a live show and we couldn’t be more proud of this production,” said Diane Quinn, chief creative officer of Cirque du Soleil.

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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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