Issue #188: SEP 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter.


Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products have announced tickets are on sale for the highly anticipated new show coming to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The yet-to-be-named production, a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will open for previews March 20, 2020, and officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs.

This original creation coming to Disney Springs celebrates the art of Disney animation in Cirque du Soleil’s signature way, with a tribute to the craftsmanship that makes Disney so extraordinary. It will transport the audience into the world of Disney animation with new original acrobatic sequences, dazzling choreography, musical masterpieces and whimsical characters.

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, stated “We have joined forces with Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios to create a show that combines Disney animation and heart with the unique artistry and theatrical sensibility of Cirque du Soleil. We are honored to be the first company trusted to work and create around these classic Disney characters in this unique way.”

The story, which centers on a young girl whose father is a Disney animator who finds a way to send his daughter on a magical journey of self-discovery through a world of animation.

“For more than 60 years, we’ve been bringing Disney stories and characters to life in our theme parks around the world,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “Now our teams at Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios have joined with Cirque du Soleil to create an entirely new experience that will wow Walt Disney World guests and bring timeless, enchanting Disney stories to life in an unforgettable new way.”

Cirque du Soleil and Disney first teamed up to bring La Nouba to the stage at Disney Springs (then Downtown Disney) in 1998. Twenty years later, the two organizations are excited to be working together on a new project. This new show is the 50th original production of Cirque du Soleil.



For one night last year, Cirque du Soleil in Cinema transported its internationally acclaimed show KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities to the big screen. This year it’s brining LUZIA on October 29, 2019 (in the United States). Through a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, it invites audiences to escape on a surrealistic journey through a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Experience a one-of-a-kind cinematic event including a not-to-be missed Cirque du Soleil special program: a collection of portraits highlighting the unique stories, passion and dedication of some LUZIA artists.



On September 4th, Cirque du Soleil gave the media access to AXEL, its upcoming second ice show. The concept behind AXEL is that it will feel like a big arena rock show. The idea, said Fernand Rainville, the show’s stage director and writer, is “to make it feel like a rock opera, make it feel like a musical concert and/or a sports outing. To create that energy. So to create effects that we usually see in concert shows and bring them to the theatrics of Cirque and ice skating.”


Check out the article from the Montreal Gazette, who covered the Media Day, within.


On September 20th and 21st, Cirque du Soleil will return to Las Vegas’ favorite music festival, Life is Beautiful, debuting exclusive performances. On Friday evening, 11 aerialists and dancers from Cirque du Soleil resident productions will dazzle audience members alongside award-winning rock band WALK THE MOON, as they perform their hit single “One Foot.” Additionally, Blue Man Group will electrify the downtown festival when they take the stage for a colorful culmination of their most loved creative pieces. The Blue Men will fully immerse themselves among the crowd throughout the 11-minute set, featuring Electronic Drumbone and Drum Finale Throwdown, with the group’s world-famous paint drumming. Festival goers can also anticipate Blue Man Group disturbances throughout the festival on Saturday. Cirque du Soleil and WALK THE MOON will perform on the main Downtown Stage at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Blue Man Group will perform in the crowd in front of the main Downtown Stage, at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.


Hey, remember the Cirque du Soleil Theme Park project with Grupo Vidanta for Nuevo Vallarta? Well… there’ve been a couple of updates regarding “The Parks” recently as chronicled by ThemeParkX. The first, in a new interview with Daniel Chavez Moran (Vidanta’s founder) for Expansion MX, he describes “The Parks” now as follows:

The Parks project is of enormous magnitude. In total, there are four parks, which occupy an area three times larger than The Magic Kingdom. Something we have learned is that a park alone does not generate the synergy that several parks can have together to develop the entire market. We have hired the best park developers in the world, from China, from Serbia, from the United States. The parks are not developed for a hotel, they are made for the destination, as we did with Joyà together with the Cirque du Soleil, to enrich the Riviera Maya. During the first three years of opening of the four parks, we estimate to attract between four and five million visitors to the destination.

And second, in a statement from Vidanta given to back in June regarding Cirque du Soleil’s involvement and the overall status of “The Parks”:

Cirque du Soleil has always been—and remains—a very important part of The Parks. Since we first announced this project, we have decided to greatly expand its size and scale in order to include other mesmerizing, first-of-their-kind developments and immersive experiences to complement the Cirque du Soleil zone. We pride ourselves on delivering far beyond expectations on every new project and initiative we announce, and The Parks is certainly no exception.

The Parks now spans over 830 acres and includes a vast array of 100% original concepts. The goal is to transform Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta into a new kind of destination where guests can experience every possible variation of the perfect vacation—from high-end tropical relaxation to gravity-defying attractions and everything in between—in one extraordinary location. Many of these new experiences are already under construction at the resort. In one section of The Parks, 25 acres of underground tunnels are currently being installed to ensure impeccable park operations and almost 1.3 million square feet of concrete foundations and structures have already been built, including portions of the new resort hotels. Two enormous lakes at the center of The Parks, totaling over 150 acres in size, have already been created with more on the way. And thus far, 1,500 trees have been planted, though once the project is complete, the total is estimated to be over 50,000.

The wonder-filled region of The Parks dedicated to the creative genius of Cirque du Soleil will include a first-of-its-kind thrilling new production—a dazzling, large-scale extravaganza involving acrobatics, theatrics, water performances, music, and even a spectacular dining experience. This monumental new show will be housed in a gorgeous custom theater that will be an awe-inspiring sight in and of itself. Next door, there will be a Cirque Training Studio where guests will get the chance to grab the spotlight, learning tumbling, aerial arts, clowning, and so much more from the modern masters of the circus arts. While in the Cirque du Soleil plaza surrounding the theater and studio, guests should keep an eye open for spontaneous performances as they explore. We’re proud to continue our amazing partnership with Cirque du Soleil and work together on this highly anticipated collaboration so that we can give the world a breathtaking new type of experience unlike anything seen before.

So… there you have it. Check out some new renderings here:


And last, but certainly not least, we have a couple of important milestones for two of Cirque du Soleil’s greatest shows to highlight:

• Kooza celebrated its 4,000th performance on August 15, 2019
• “O” celebrated its 10,000th performance on September 1, 2019
• Amaluna received their new Blue and White Big Top September 4th!

More? Keep reading!