Cirque du Soleil La Nouba is Not Your Typical Circus

La Nouba at Downtown Disney is not your typical circus experience. Instead of watching an elephant do tricks you are treated to a truly out of this world, incredible experience by extremely talented performers.

A part of the world famous Cirque du Soleil family, La Nouba leaves you wanting more and will quiet even the most hesitant attendee (in other words my 16 year old brother).

Cirque du Soleil Grand TentCirque du Soleil Grand Tent
Located on Downtown Disney's westside The show's name La Nouba means "to party" or "to live it up" in French. This attitude is carried throughout the show from start to finish.

I think that this quote from WDW News describes La Nouba best:

La Nouba is an unforgettable journey through our universe, at once threatening and exhilarating, frightening and familiar. La Nouba is the story of all stories, the site of all mysteries, where dreams and nightmares sleep side by side. La Nouba is memory, individual and universal. It beckons to us, challenges us to uncover passions we thought we'd lost long ago. Here, anything is possible.

The current performers at La Nouba include jugglers, gymnasts, aerial acrobats, cyclists, trapeze artists, musicians, clowns, and more. Overall it is an incredible show that you won't soon forget and will be forever grateful to have had the chance to see.

Color and Excitement are Everywhere at La NoubaColor and Excitement are Everywhere at La Nouba
It is hard to pick a favorite act of La Nouba, the diabolos (Chinese yo-yo routine performed by young girls), the tumblers, trapeze artists, and aerial ballet performers were all amazing and my personal favorites. Who doesn't love watching performers literally flip into a burning building? Or watch people fly from trapeze to trapeze?

My only complaint about La Nouba is the clowns, I do not like them. Actually I should clarify, I don't like any clowns whatsoever. The clowns provide pre-show entertainment and come out in between acts to keep the audience engaged. Thankfully they did not come near our seats or I would have freaked a little.

Acrobats On the La Nouba CityscapeAcrobats On the La Nouba Cityscape
Tickets and Seating
Ticket prices range from $124 to $57 for adults, and $99 to $57 for children under the age of 9. We sat in category 2 seating, about 3 rows from the top and had a fantastic view. When we originally sat down I was disappointed that we wouldn't be right up in the action but as the show started I realized our seats gave us a great view of everything going on (and were out "clown range").

For tickets click here. Performances are held Tuesday thru Saturday at 6pm and 9pm.

Have you seen La Nouba? What did you think?

J wrote on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 20:28:

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One time through the friend of a friend, I got a chance to backstage at Cirque du Soleil La Nouba, and there are several facts about it that may surprise you. For starters, Disney workers run the ticket booth, but besides that, they have nothing to do with production. Everything else is done by Cirque du Soleil employees. While the theater is large, it is not hard to tell from the outside that the entire building is much larger than the theater itself. Inside an office building, there was a whiteboard showing which characters were working and which ones were out with injuries. I was surprised how many were out. For example, the actress playing the chicken featured on many of the advertisements was listed as out for a few months. Also backstage are several large gymnasium training areas for the actors to practice in. There is even a separate practice area just for the bicyclist. There is also a special viewing area for guests that is reached via elevator. When facing the stage, it is in the back top right. It was definitely a once in a life time experience that I will never forget.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 00:50:

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How exciting to have that tour! I would love to be able to do something like that!

JoAnn C wrote on Wed, 02/08/2012 - 02:11:

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I loved La Nouba. I would see it again. So worth the ticket price.

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