New Attraction in Disney World Being Planned by Disney and Cirque du Soleil

There are very few live-entertainment attraction “power couples” that command as much awe and attention on stage as Walt Disney World and Canada’ Cirque du Soleil. Proof of their strong partnership can be seen in the Cirque show La Nouba, running at a freestanding theater in Disney Springs since 1998.

This year however marks the final year of La Nouba, with its last performance set on the last day of December. But the Cirque du Soleil and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have announced last Monday, December 18, that they already have a replacement show under development for next year.

The new production, yet to be titled, is described as a celebration of “Disney’s legacy of storytelling in Cirque du Soleil’s signature way. Word has it that the Cirque is cooking up a magnificent performance in their trademark style, but given a “Disney-fied” presentation that’ll be a hit with families.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group President and CEO Daniel Lamarre said in the statement, in homage to Disney’s animated heritage, “We are incredibly inspired by Disney’s immense creative universe. We are convinced that bringing Disney’s magic to life on stage will touch audiences and bring them back to their childhood.”

The La Nouba show will have been performed close to 9,000 times and enjoyed by 11 million guests when its curtain call comes on December 31, and there’s been no word as to when the new show would open. It’s known however that the spectacle will remain in Disney Springs.

Walt Disney World announced the ending run of La Nouba early this spring, and while it was almost certain that the Cirque and Disney would continue collaborating, executives from both companies all kept mum about the particulars of the new project. We look forward to seeing what they will do.

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