Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil 2023 Performance Schedule

Drawn to Life Finale Bow

Drawn to Life, the dazzling live theatrical production presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney has released its schedule for 2023 and will include new matinee show times on Sundays. Tickets for next year’s performances are available for sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawn-to-life.

Beginning January 4, 2023, guests will be able to enjoy Drawn to Life with two performances daily, Wednesdays through Sundays, at Disney Springs. Wednesday through Saturday showtimes will be 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and two Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

“Based on feedback from guests, we determined this new schedule will offer great daytime opportunities for travelers and locals to see the show, especially those with children,” said Heather Reilly, Drawn to Life Company Manager.

Drawn to Life has been delighting audiences at Disney Springs West Side since its November 2021 premiere with an imaginative blend of timeless Disney magic and remarkable Cirque du Soleil artistry.

The family-friendly show tells the story of the love between a father and a daughter, drawing inspiration from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 100-year heritage of storytelling.

The show celebrates iconic Disney stories and characters through innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, musical scores, and brand-new animation lovingly created by Disney Animation artists.

Haven’t had the chance to see the show? Here’s a little background…

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Set your imagination in motion and get ready for a first-of-its-kind creative collaboration between iconic memory-makers Cirque du Soleil and Disney.

Drawn to Life invites you into an astounding world where the art of Walt Disney Animation is experienced like never before. Gather your whole family for an unforgettable leap into this amazing new show—a live acrobatic journey where the stage is transformed into a giant animation table. The art of classic Disney animation is reinterpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, and eclectic costuming alongside all-new Disney animation and an original score inspired by timeless Disney music. The show is absolutely alive with all the high-flying, mind-blowing exuberance that Cirque du Soleil is famous for.

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This love letter to the art of Disney Animation celebrates life in all its motions and emotions. The show tells the story of a determined girl who discovers one last gift left by her animator father: a sequence of unfinished drawings. Guided by a magical pencil and a quirky troupe of imaginative muses, she embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her childhood Disney memories. We’ll follow her as she leaps into a whimsical world of animation and discovers new possibilities that animate the story of her future. 

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Serengeti Flyer Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Serengeti Flyer

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Serengeti Flyer as the park’s all-new 2023 attraction.

Serengeti Flyer will be the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, a screamin’ swing, upon opening in spring 2023.

“Serengeti Flyer’s thrilling ride experience is bound to provide riders with a pulse-pounding encounter that can only be found at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,” said Neal Thurman, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We believe that Serengeti Flyer will be the perfect high-thrill addition to our world-class portfolio of attractions including Iron Gwazi, the Golden Ticket Award Winner for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022.”

With each swing, riders will soar higher and higher above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments before plunging back toward the Earth.

Serengeti Flyer

Serengeti Flyer will feature twin dueling arms that soar progressively higher, reaching speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak.

Guests will be seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas, allowing 40 guests to experience the ride at once.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass members will be among the first to experience the new attraction upon opening in spring 2023.

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Unlimited Thrills in Store with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Annual Pass or Fun Card

Enjoy the breathtaking thrill of Serengeti Flyer all year long with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass or 2023 fun card. Starting as low as $14 per month with exclusive pass member benefits valued at over $400, a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay annual pass is the best way to experience this all-new attraction.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Fun Card

Guests looking for incredible savings can pay for a day and get the rest of 2022 and 2023 free with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s limited-time fun card offer which provides unlimited access to the park’s world-class attractions, award-winning entertainment, up-close animal encounters, and vibrant seasonal events.

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Rosa Mexicano Coming to the Swan and Dolphin

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Rosa Mexicano Restaurants has announced plans to open its first Orlando-area location in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in early 2023.

With current locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland, as well as upcoming openings in Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, and Las Vegas, the dynamic brand will offer an elevated fiesta dining experience, including signature menu items and award-winning margaritas.  

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Birria Quesatacos – Cody Rasmussen

“Rosa Mexicano’s arrival to Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is a truly exciting moment of our expansion. The opening reflects our founding chef Josefina Howard’s vision of introducing Mexican culinary traditions and authentic Mexican heritage to the world,” said Jim Dunn, CEO of Rosa Mexicano. “Once the restaurant opens, we will offer the Orlando market a fresh take on Mexican food, authentic Mexican heritage, culinary techniques and lively dining.”   

The restaurant, helmed by Manuel Trevino, Vice President of Culinary, will feature dramatic design elements familiar to fans of the brand to transport guests on a unique culinary journey.

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The 5,500-square-foot restaurant will offer various seating areas with a capacity of about 300 guests, including a 30-person bar and a beautiful private dining room for 50.    

The menu will showcase a contemporary interpretation of authentic Mexican cuisine, including beloved classics and innovative, sophisticated dishes that pay tribute to Mexico’s richly varied culinary regions.

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Chicken Flautas – Cody Rasmussen

Rosa Mexicano’s renowned beverage program, which boasts over 100 varieties of tequila and agave-based spirits – and of course, the restaurant’s signature frozen pomegranate margarita, named the best in New York City – will also make its debut.   

“Rosa Mexicano is the perfect partner to enhance our current dining options,” said Sean Verney, Area General Manager of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. “We pride ourselves on offering the best quality restaurant experiences for our hotel guests as well as local Orlando residents, and Rosa Mexicano delivers on that promise. We’re excited to be home to their first Florida location starting in early 2023.”      

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Guests can receive a first taste of Rosa Mexicano this fall during the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic on November 11 & 12, where the restaurant will feature a tasting station during the popular annual festival. For tickets, visit www.foodandwineclassic.com.    

Rosa Mexicano will be located in the Dolphin, replacing the current restaurant Fresh Mediterranean Market.  Fresh will remain open until further notice.     
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Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season Overview

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts announced its Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season last month, and to prepare for the upcoming subscription sales I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the eight new (and two returning) shows coming to the Walt Disney Theater.

Broadway in Orlando 2022/2023 Season

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SIX 

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. 

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway season got supercharged!”  

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Hamilton 

Hamilton is the story of America the, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater–a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. 

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Tina – The Tina Turner Musical 

Her voice is undeniable. Her fire is unstoppable. Her triumph is unlike any other. 

An uplifting comeback story like no other, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll. 

One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy® Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.  

Featuring her much loved songs, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.  

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Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show 

Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy® Award-winning thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty-five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again. For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. 

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Wicked Talia Suskaer Allison Bailey Cleavant Derricks Curt Hansen Amanda Fallon Smith DJ Plunkett Sharon Sachs

Wicked  

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angel. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin––smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

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Pretty Woman: The Musical 

Pretty Woman: The Musical, based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time, springs to life with a powerhouse creative team led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde). 

Brought to the stage by lead producer Paula Wagner, Pretty Woman: The Musical features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ‘69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News). 

Are you ready to fall in love all over again? 

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The New York Times Critic’s Pick To Kill a Mockingbird is “the most successful American play in Broadway history.” (60 Minutes). New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, To Kill a Mockingbird – “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) – has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Emmy Award®-winning actor Richard Thomas will play the role of Atticus Finch in the National Tour. 

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Chicago 

After 25 years, Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder Chicago has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary – you’ve got to come see why the name on everyone’s lips is still…Chicago.  

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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady 

From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes a “sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times). “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1). 

Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?  

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Beetlejuice 

He earned his stripes on Broadway… now the ghost-with-the-most is coming to Orlando. 

It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, Beetlejuice is “screamingly good fun!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every Day-O!  

Broadway in Orlando subscribers must renew by Friday, April 15. New subscriptions will go on sale later this Spring, anyone interested can join the waitlist at BroadwayInOrlando.com to be among the first in line for new subscriptions. 

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Dr. Phillips Center Broadway in Orlando 22/23 Season

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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Artsannounced its ninth Broadway season lineup with new Title Sponsor AdventHealth and it is FANTASTIC!

“We are so thankful to have AdventHealth with us for the next three years with this new title sponsorship of our Broadway in Orlando series,” said Kathy Ramsberger, president and ceo of the Dr. Phillips Center.  “AdventHealth is a long-standing supporter, and this further strengthens their great relationship with us, as our medical partner and advocate for our community education initiatives through the AdventHealth School of the Arts.”  

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The season will bring the best of Broadway to the Walt Disney Theater with eight new and two previously announced shows, including HamiltonSIXTina – The Tina Turner MusicalPretty Woman: The MusicalHarper Lee’s To Kill a MockingbirdChicago, My Fair Lady and Beetlejuice.  

Current subscribers will also have first access to Wicked and Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show as season options. 

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Dr. Phillips Center Broadway in Orlando 22/23 Season

SHOWDATE
SIXOctober 4-9, 2022
HamiltonOctober 26-November 20, 2022
Tina – The Tina Turner MusicalJanuary 10-15, 2023
Riverdance 25th Anniversary ShowJanuary 20-22, 2023
WickedJanuary 25-February 12, 2023
Pretty Woman: The MusicalFebruary 28-March 5, 2023
Harper Lee’s To Kill a MockingbirdMarch 21-26, 2023
ChicagoApril 18-23, 2023
My Fair LadyMay 9-14, 2023
BeetlejuiceJune 27-July 2, 2023

“We are thrilled to be bringing more Broadway shows than ever to Orlando this upcoming season. We appreciate the support and loyalty from our subscribers and look forward to welcoming new audiences to the Dr. Phillips Center,” said Susie Krajsa, President of Broadway Across America. 

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Broadway in Orlando subscribers must renew by Friday, April 15. New subscriptions will go on sale later this Spring, anyone interested can join the waitlist at BroadwayInOrlando.com to be among the first in line for new subscriptions. 

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