It was curtains up for Cirque du Soleil this Thanksgiving, when the circus-in-residency returned to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. The all-new show, Drawn to Life, is the first at the shopping and dining district since 2017. 

Despite Cirque’s previous Disney production, La Nouba, which ran for 19 years in the white tent at Disney Springs, this is actually the first time Cirque du Soleil and Walt Disney World have collaborated on a theatrical production. Cirque brings its usual acrobatic performances, stunning choreography, innovative design and unique costumes and pairs them with all-new characters created by Disney Animation artists as well as an original score inspired by timeless Disney music. The result is nothing short of magical.

“This show has been in the works for years and to finally share it with the world is a dream come true,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “This collaboration has been unlike anything we’ve done before. We hope it will mean as much to our fans as it has to us – it’s not just our show now, it’s theirs too.”

“Seeing a Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs has long been a cherished experience for our guests,” said Jeff Vahle, President of Walt Disney World Resort. “Combining the rich legacy of Disney Animation with the incredible artistry of Cirque du Soleil, Drawn to Life is pure magic.”

Drawn to Life tells the story of a young girl, Julie, who is grieving the loss of her father, an animator who has left behind an unfinished animation. Unfinished but still full of magic, the animation takes her on a wild adventure back through a childhood full of Disney memories. You too will be washed away as you encounter the magic of Disney through 10 acrobatic acts with animation from classic Disney films and all-new animation created by Disney Animation artists.

Drawn to Life will perform Tuesday through Saturday at Disney Springs.