Behind-The-Scenes at ‘Drawn to Life’ by Cirque du Soleil & Disney: The Story

Kelsey Noland

by , Digital Integration Manager, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

In this week’s behind-the-scenes look at “Drawn to Life” by Cirque du Soleil & Disney, we share a little more about the story of the show and the special cast of characters who bring the magic to life. At its core, “Drawn to Life” is the story of the love between a father and a daughter. Delightful, mesmerizing movements of Cirque du Soleil acrobatic mastery pair with the magic of Disney animation to accentuate the story. 

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. Let’s take a look at two acts from the show – The Inner World of Animation and Aerial Pencil: 

For more show information, visit Keep an eye out for another behind-the-scenes video soon!


  • Wow. We’ll be in Disney Springs on 3/20 (Celebrating my 50th Birthday). This would be so amazing to see.

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