Cirque Du Soleil- La Nouba : Time is running out!
2002. I'm 18 and I've just waved off my parents into the sunset and fully embraced my independence in my first college apartment in Orlando, Florida. It's also my first anniversary with the man who would become my husband just 7 years later. I'd been watching Cirque Du Soleil videos since junior high, and I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by taking in a performance of La Nouba at what was then known as Downtown Disney.
15 years later, WDW announced that 2017 will be the final year that La Nouba will be performed. I'd been showing my daughter the Blu-Ray of Worlds Away, and I'd planned to get her there at some point. Now the clock was ticking. I came so close to pulling the trigger on tickets to celebrate Ian's birthday in June, but it just wasn't financially in the cards. In late July a Media event invite showed up in the inbox that actually had me jumping up and down and crying: come experience La Nouba with your family. And the date was almost exactly 16 years after our first anniversary trip.
Like with any new experience when a small kid is tagging along, I had my reservations: will she hold still? Will she like it? Will she be quiet? I was reasonably confident (after she made it through Wicked at the Dr Phillips Center with no problem), but La Nouba doesn't have that threaded storytelling narrative that would generally be the factor to keep my kid engaged. We checked in about an hour before showtime and got our complimentary clown nose. It was blisteringly hot and cloyingly humid, so we hid in the Cirque Du Soleil store.
Once the doors were opened, we headed inside to take our seats. First, a note about the theater:
We were in section 204 in the upper part, and it was fantastic. There really aren't BAD seats. Some of the seats in the yellow up on the sides, the viewing for acts that face center might not be GREAT, but as a whole this is a small and very well designed theater in terms of seating. Cirque is running some really great deals for Florida Residents if you want to try and catch this show before the end of the year.
Make sure you're in your seats at least 15 minutes before show time so you can experience The Pablos. The Pablos were added in 2014, so they were new to us. They do a preshow and serve as a frequent interlude between act resets during the show, and Daphne was so taken with them.
The show began, and we were all swept up in the incredible acts, humor, and live music. Some acts, staples of La Nouba, I remembered from our first visit.
Knowing the aerial silks act was coming took nothing away from how jaw-dropping this guy's control is over his body.
The Diabolos juggling girls are still there. Certainly the tiny girls we saw 15 years ago aren't the same girls we saw, but it's still jaw-dropping.
One of our favorite acts was new: a strength/ balancing act between a man and a woman. Tons of fascinating interactive moves between them, and the guy is upside down for almost the entire act. I think I held my breath the whole time while they were both pretty much dangling from a single tiny loop of rope. WOW.
There are more great acts, belly laughs with the Pablos, and spectacular musical performances. My kid got a little antsy as we approached the end, but it turned out it was just that she needed to go to the bathroom. And she didn't want to tell me, because she didn't want to miss anything.
When the show ended, D was already asking me to come back and see it again. "What was your favorite part?" ALL OF IT!
So if you love Cirque but haven't seen it, or if you've seen it before and want another chance to see it with new acts, this is your last chance. The curtains close at the end of 2017 for good, and no replacement has been announced yet (I'm secretly hoping for another Cirque show, maybe even the Avatar inspired one, but no announcements have been made at this time). Financially, it's never been a better time either with the 4-ticket packages available for Florida Residents.
So go. Do it. Make some magical memories, even without Disney characters ;)
*WDW invited us to attend a performance of Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba and dinner at Splitsville. Admission, concessions, and dinner were gratis. I was not obligated to do anything in return. All opinions here are my own. All photos not my own are courtesy WDW / Cirque Media.*