Disney to Begin Rehab Work on Cirque du Soleil

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We at Inside the Magic have just learned that Walt Disney Imagineering has some plans in mind for its Cirque du Soleil theater at Disney Springs.

This morning, September 1, WDI submitted a “notice of commencement” with Orange County. Disney “hereby gives notice that improvement will be made to certain real property.” That “real property” has been identified as the Cirque du Soleil theater and is part of the project titled “Cirque du Soleil Rehab.” Click here to read the permit for yourself.

Walt Disney World’s collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Drawn to Life, will be replacing the original resident show, La Nouba, and was supposed to begin performances earlier this year. However, due to the circumstances around the global pandemic–specifically Disney World’s multi-month closure and Cirque du Soleil’s filing for bankruptcy protection–Drawn to Life’s debut has been delayed until February 2021.

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Related: Cirque Du Soleil Suspends Disney Springs’ “Drawn To Life” & Lays off 95% Of Its Entire Company

It makes sense, then, that Walt Disney Imagineering will use the opportunity to renovate the theater now that it has several more months before the show arrives. While the exact refurbishments have not yet been revealed, there is little doubt that they will be implemented to further improve the theatergoer’s experience. The theater itself is already an integral part of Disney Spring’s skyline.

Note that we do not know exactly what work is being done, or whether the “rehab” will be minor or more visible, but we’re excited to find out.

Disney Parks Blog describes Cirque du Soleil’s new show at Disney Springs as the following:

“Our main character is Julie, a courageous and determined young girl. Her father, Tom, was a Disney animator who raised his daughter and surrounded her with Disney animated characters who helped her grow and played important roles in her life.

When Julie finds an unfinished animation piece and a letter from her late father, her imagination is awakened, and she embarks on an inspiring journey into the whimsical world of animation. Along the way, she meets characters like Mr. Pencil (her father’s favorite pencil), who help guide her. Julie also encounters Miss Hésitation, the story’s villain, who reflects Julie’s own doubts and fears as an artist.

Throughout her adventure, Julie is reunited with Disney characters from her childhood, giving her the encouragement she needs to animate with her own unique artistic voice.”

If you are planning a trip back to the Walt Disney World Resort and want to add experiences like “Drawn to Life” to your itinerary, our friends at Academy Travel are standing by to provide expert guidance and help make this Disney World Vacation as magical as possible. Click here to learn more and receive your free, no-obligation quote today!

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