Drawn to Life set to take the stage at Disney Springs

DISNEY SPRINGS, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2016/01/18: Cirque du Soleil theater. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)
DISNEY SPRINGS, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2016/01/18: Cirque du Soleil theater. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images) /

Tucked into a corner of Disney Springs, the white tent theater has sat dark. Although the Disney entertainment district is a vibrant collection of shopping, dining and entertainment, that live theater space has kept its doors shut. Now, Cirque du Soleil and Disney are ready to open a new page as Drawn to Life takes the stage.

Starting on November 18, 2021, performances begin on this new magical story. This collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Imagineering is the perfect blend of epic storytelling, stunning visuals, and a sense of wonder that will leave guests wanting more.

At the heart of the show is Disney’s animation heritage. While those stories and images might be etched in people’s memories, that Disney magic is the essence that connects generations. From the child seeing Cinderella’s Castle for the first time to the mother capturing that big smile when her son soars on Dumbo, the truth is that Disney connects people through stories that are timeless.

While iconic images, songs, and stories are woven into stunning choreography and jaw-dropping acrobatics, the story of the father and daughter connection is what makes this new show compelling. Just like every Cirque du Soleil tells a tale beyond the physical feats, this story captures the sentimentality that makes Disney so magical.

Check out this preview of Drawn to Life at Disney Springs.

Now that the stage is lit and the roar of the crowd will be heard again, it is another example of how live theater is important to our culture. Whether it is the performances at Walt Disney World, the reopening of Broadway, or Broadway Across America set to travel the country, those collective moments that can only happen with live theater have been missing.

Although some locales, like Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, have adapted their approach to keep live theater and performances going in the past year, there is nothing like sitting in a darkened theater watching the stage. There is no screen barrier. There is no rewind. There is only that one moment in time.

While the performers bring the story to life, the audience adds its own element to each show. From the gasp when the plot goes array to the cheer when the heroine prevails, those collective moments are far different from watching on a screen. That sense of community fills the spirit in the only way that theater can.

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Drawn to Life raises the curtain on November 12, 2021, at Disney Springs. Tickets are now on sale.

Are you excited to get back to the theater? What makes watching live theater so memorable for you?