After years of rumors, Walt Disney World and Cirque Du Soleil have announced that La Nouba will have it’s final performance on December 31st, 2017.
After 19 years, over 8,500 performances to date, and entertaining over 10 million guests, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will come to a close at the end of this year. Although no replacement has been announced, it is strongly rumored and expected that a new Cirque du Soleil show will take La Nouba’s place.
La Nouba premiered on December 23, 1998, in a new theater custom-designed and built for Cirque du Soleil. La Nouba is the third resident show created after Mystère and O in Las Vegas. La Nouba celebrated its 15th anniversary on December 18, 2013, with a special appearance from Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, the first time Disney characters appeared in the show.
Starting in 2010, Cirque Du Soleil started to revive the show by retiring acts to bring in new blood. The German wheel act and the balancing on chairs act where retired for a jump rope act and juggling. Juggling was retired in 2014 for a rola bola act while the jump rope act was retired in 2015 for breakdancing. The Highwire act was also retired in 2015 for an aerial bamboo act.
The rumors started about the replacement in 2016 when reports surfaced that the contract that Cirque has with their current La Nouba talent ends in 2017 and hasn’t been renewed. Some also report that Disney insisted that Cirque put in a new show (this report seems credible with reports that Disney insisted Planet Hollywood and Fulton’s update themselves. La Nouba hasn’t been getting full shows lately with insiders say that the show isn’t even hitting 50% capacity on Friday Nights.
Cirque Du Soleil is currently developing a new show and the current cast will need to audition for the new show or other shows to continue employment past that the end of their contracts. Nothing currently is known about the new show. There are reports that while the theater is being refurbished for the new show, Cirque Du Soleil will put on a show in a temporary venue, but Cirque Du Soleil and Disney hasn’t said anything publically about a temporary show.
The news of La Nouba closing at the end of the come right on the heels of the news that Disney Quest will also be closing in July. Without La Nouba and Disney Quest, Disney Springs will have greatly reduced the amount entertainment options available to guests. Once these venues close, Disney Springs will only have Spiltsville, AMC Disney Springs 24 with Dine-In Theatres, Characters in Flight and the Amphicar.
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