Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

Have you seen the only permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Florida?

La Nouba performed its first show at Downtown Disney's West Side in December 1998, in a custom-built freestanding theater. The name La Nouba derives from the French phrase faire la nouba, meaning "to party" or "to live it up." And while many assume that this particular Cirque du Soleil show is especially childlike, or aimed especially at children because of its location in Disney World, I found this to be untrue after seeing the show.

While it was not quite as grown-up as the other Cirque du Soleil shows I have seen (the traveling "Delirium" show and Beatles "Love" at the Mirage in Las Vegas), I didn't think that La Nouba was especially immature, and I would absolutely recommend it for any age.

Before the show, two clowns interact with guests as they get seated. The show itself is comprised of several acts that include elements of high wire, BMX cyclists, balancing on chairs, flying trapeze, trampoline, diabolos (a fan favorite) and my personal favorite, aerial ballet in silk.

The music is another wonderful plus to La Nouba -- it's performed live by six musicians and two vocalists. If you've seen the show and want to remember the soundtrack, you can purchase it on Amazon. There's also a DVD of the show available for purchase.

A reason some may shy away from La Nouba is the price -- no, it's not cheap. Prices range from $57 to $124 per person. But I think it's worth at least one viewing. You can purchase tickets here.

Have you seen La Nouba? If so, what is your review of the show? Let us know in the comments below!

MrHub wrote on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 10:24:

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We have seen La Nouba twice and both times it was incredible! The amount of action going on at one time is amazing at times. We would definitely recommend going to see it if you have the time and it's within your budget. It an experience you will never forget!

admin wrote on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 17:42:

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We were gifted our first La Nouba show for our recent Anniversary! Haven't used the tickets yet, though. Thanks for the great recommendation!

Vettelover wrote on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 20:09:

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Another recomendation is to NOT sit too close to the front of the theater. Much of the action takes place high overhead on trapeeze riggings, so much so that people get sore necks from cranning to see everything that is happening high overhead. That comes from actual experience as we were seated in the second row from the stage ;>) . The front row is not always the best row.

JoAnn wrote on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 02:09:

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I saw the show in November 2010. It was well worth the ticket price. We sat in the center of the theater towards the back - couldn't have asked for better seats.

Belinda wrote on Sun, 08/19/2012 - 13:54:

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Saw it. Loved it. Agree, don't sit too close to the front. You really do spend a lot of time looking up!

Lorie wrote on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 13:34:

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Don't buy tickets for seats along the sides at least 3 chairs in in not 4 or 5. You won't be able to see all of the stage which I assumed wouldn't matter -as it is oblong and also didn't realize the back stage walls curved inward. You will miss a good portion of the comedy and others acts as they are back along the walls and you won't see a thing. Fortunately we were able to move towards the center as there were many empty seats after the show began and we missed the first performance, wondering why people were laughing.

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