Walt Disney World is full of magic, imagination, color, and spectacle – and at Disney Springs, all of these element combined into something truly unique and special in Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, Disney Imagineers teamed up with the world renowned circus performance company to create something specifically for families that you can only see at Walt Disney World – and this show will have you shouting encore.
Cirque du Soleil is famous across the States and around the globe for their mesmerizing performances which combine street performance with circus acts, all presented with theatrical flair including custom costumes, bizarre makeup, detailed sets, remarkable choreography, and spellbinding music.
About La Nouba
Cirque du Soleil La Nouba is a great example of what they do best, and Disney Springs is the only place on earth where you can see it!
If you pay attention to the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba advertising at Walt Disney World, you’ll notice a funny looking girl dressed a little like a bird on all the posters – that’s one of the stars of the show, the Green Bird. She’s a circus performer who joins other characters like Titan the muscle man, the foolish Cons, the Chaplain-inspired Walker, the Pierrot and Lost Ballerina Dancers, the clowns Balthazar and Sergei,Cleaning Woman who sweeps her dreams into reality, and a host of other acrobats.
The show highlights two groups – the colorful circus performers in their neon costumes with custom wigs, headpieces, and masks, and the subdued urbanites in blacks, grays, and muted colors wearing natural textured fabrics.
The two groups intertwine as the audience is treated to acts like jump rope, high wire, diablos, cycling tricks, aerial cradle, aerial silk ballet, juggling, flying trapeze, powertrack and trampoline. Add live music and a circus tent over 150 feet tall and you’ve got the biggest Cirque spectacle of all!
The Show’s History
Cirque du Soleil (in English, that’s “Circus of the Sun”) was founded by 2 Canadian former street performers in Montreal, Quebec in 1984. Today, it’s one of the best-known names in entertainment around the world and has dozens of shows touring the globe each year, along with a handful of permanent shows in Las Vegas, and La Nouba, which is permanently staged at Walt Disney World.
Cirque du Soleil La Nouba opened on December 23, 1998 and performed over 6,000 shows.
La Nouba: What to Expect
When you arrive at the tent for Cirque du Soleil La Nouba you’ll notice a gift shop and concession stands, before you are led deeper into the tent to watch the performance. Although the building may look like a simple circus tent, it’s actually a state of the art, custom-built, free-standing structure over 150 feet tall and with the capacity to seat 1671 guests. The show itself is about 90 minutes, and there are usually 2 performances a night (6pm and 9pm).If you show up 15 minutes early, there is a fun pre-show.
Cirque du Soleil La Nouba is located at Disney Springs’s West Side – look for it near DisneyQuest and House of Blues.
Getting to Disney Springs Pleasure Island is pretty easy. You can drive and park for free, or take a Luxury Motor Coach from any of the Walt Disney World Resorts (except Port Orleans Resort, Old Key West Resort, and Saratoga Springs Resort – you can take a boat from those resort hotels).
Buses and boats each have a drop off point on the Westside and at the Marketplace.