CirqueCon: The Unofficial Gatherings of Cirque du Soleil Passionates



CirqueCon 2007: Orlando

Thursday, August 9, 2007 to Sunday, August 12, 2007
Port Orleans: French Quarter | Walt Disney World
Orlando, Florida, USA.

For the fourth time we gather, this year in the heart of the “Sunshine State” - Orlando, Florida, USA. You are but one of the untold thousands upon thousands of visitors that inundate this city every day to visit Florida's beaches, its theme parks and to enjoy the state's iconic weather. So let me, a resident of this fantastic state, and one of the thousand thousands that live here, be the first to welcome you to my home and playground.

We chose Orlando as the location of this years' event due to its designation as a world-class destination, for its world-renown theme parks (especially Walt Disney World,) its warm weather, and because it's the only place you can find Cirque du Soleil's only other resident show (at present) outside of Las Vegas -- La Nouba. We felt that by merging the playful atmosphere of a world-class theme park and our passions for Cirque du Soleil, everyone could have a Zippity-du-Soleil time.

The Walt Disney World Resort is a wonderful location in which to host a CirqueCon event. Here exists the available synergy between Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba coupled with the playful excitement of Disney World. Thus, we give you CirqueCon 2007: Orlando - where families and passionates alike can come together as one!

OUR MEMBERS - This year 39 full paid memberships were purchased representing just over 50 passionates with us on-site. While these membership numbers may not sound as impressive as the 190+ folks who joined us in Las Vegas; despite the contrast, we found the group in attendance this year was great, fantastic and enthusiastic! It really was a wonderful, intimate gathering of friends!

EPCOT DESSERT PARTY - One of the first scheduled events of our weekend was a scrumptious Dessert Party at EPCOT, Walt Disney World's Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, on the evening of Friday, August 10th. Prior to the event we tantalized our members with the following possibility:

    If you're a regular Disney Park visitor, you've seen privaledged groups having special VIP parties behind closed doors with delicious looking foods to eat and impeccable service from Disney castmembers catering to their every whim. Well, how would YOU like to be a Disney VIP too?

    Doesn't having a "group only" area at Epcot just for us, desserts and drinks to sample as we mingle with our fellow Passionates in our very own exclusive spot to watch Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (Epcot's night-time fireworks extravaganza) sound like great fun?

35 passionates thought so too and joined us at Epcot for sweets and fireworks at the Lower Terrace within the United Kingdom Pavilion in EPCOT World Showcase. And there we ate: A Variety of Miniature Stemware Glassed to include Classic Tiramisu, English Trifle, Fresh Fruit and Berries; Pastry Selections in Miniature to include: Fresh Fruit Tartlet, Vanilla Cream Filled Pastry Horns, Chocolate Éclairs, Chocolate and Pistachio Cannoli; Beverages: Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Hot Tea and Fruit Punch

It was fabulous!

SPECIAL CIRQUE ACTIVITIES - Our second event was held the following afternoon at the Cirque du Soleil theater. We gathered Saturday morning by the Box Office for a Q&A with the Theater Manager (Richard Dennison) and Production Manager (Robert Shuck). But before our festivities could begin inside the theater, Cirque opened the doors to La Nouba's boutique early just for us. And boy did our passionates spend a fortune! (Aye, our credit cards!)

Once our wallets were lightened and our arms full of sourviners, we filed into the La Nouba theater to speak with our hosts. Both Dennison and Shuck were very gracious to us, spending over three hours talking and taking us on tour of the facility. I don't think there was an inch of the building spared by our tour - our group (split into two) visited the light booth, walked behind the background on the third level, went downtstairs to see the basement and the lifts and up into the grid to see the inner workings of the automation equipment, the costume department, makeup area, and the dressing rooms. And, of course, at the end of the tour the groups came together on stage for a group photo with some of the cast and crew!

It was excellent!

GROUP MEAL - Our third event was our Group Meal. The House of Blues out-did themselves here with this wonderful plated meal event. 33 attendees came to the Group Meal and no one left hungry - how could you with a three course meal! Check out our menu!

	House of Blues Salad
	Traditional Salad with Iceberg Lettuce, Red Cabbage,
	Red Onions, Diced Tomatoes, Croutons and Ranch Dressing
	Rosemary Corn Muffins (2 Per Person)
	With Maple Butter
	Creole Jambalaya
	With Shrimp, Chicken, Andouille Sausage, Tasso Ham and 
	Roasted Green Onions
	Cajun Meatloaf
	Wild Mushroom Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed 
	Grilled Marinated Rosemary Chicken Breast
	With a Savory Andouille-Corn Bread Pudding, Pinot Noir 
	Reduction and Sautéed Vegetables
	(Vegetarian option available upon request)
	Sinful Triple Layer Chocolate Cake
	Served with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream

And, of course, the show itself, which is always a real treat to watch!

OUR HOTEL - Disney's Port Orleans: French Quarter is one of the World's "moderate" resorts, New-Orleans-inspired with the magical Touch of Mardi Gras, sitting on the banks of Disney's own Themed river: the Sassagoula. The resort is described as "an enchanting combination of amenities and value," that features "charming facilities, delectable dining and lively locales to enchant and enterain your entire family."

What made this resort our best option is that it's not far from Downtown Disney (where La Nouba is performing,) it has a wonderful selection of amenities (below,) and access to Disney's legendary transportation alternatives, including direct access to Downtown Disney via Water Launch (just get on a water launch and go straight to La Nouba!!)

Want a peek at the resort? Visit Walt Disney World's website on Port Orleans: French Quarter to acquaint yourself with this fabulous hotel!


Thursday, August 9th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
CirqueCon Registration Area Open

Join Rich and Ricky in room 4234 at our official HQ hotel - Disney's Port Orleans: French Quarter - to pick up your programme packet, Epcot Dessert Party tickets, House of Blues Group Meal ticket and your La Nouba show ticket! Or, just come say "hello!"

8:00pm - 12:00pm
A Little Early Disney Magic

We're kicking off our celebration with a little early Disney Magic. After you've checked in and settled, we're packing up the registration items and heading out to Downtown Disney West Side for a sneak peek at the La Nouba theater, grab a bite to eat and wander the shops of Downtown Disney... We don't have anything scheduled or planned, so enjoy the night!

Friday, August 10th
9:00am - 10:30am
CirqueCon Registration Area Open

Join us for open registration in the shaded courtyard just outside our building (#4) at Port Orleans: French Quarter. There's plenty of room to spread out and chat, benches to sit upon and the wonderful ambiance of the resort to enjoy. Come on by!

10:30am - 8:30pm
Disney Magic!

On the morning of Friday, August 10th, join us as we make an impromptu registration area within our rooms (from 9:00am until 11:30am). Feel free to stop by and pick up your Epcot Dessert party tickets, your programme packets, to say hello or to just mingle with other passionates. After we've closed for the day, we're off to partake in the magic of the Walt Disney World resort -- Relax. Park Hop. Enjoy the Hotel. Go Swimming. Take a walk on the Boardwalk. Get a sundae at Ghiradelli's. See a movie at AMC 24. Splash at Typhoon Lagoon. Putt on one of several Disney golf courses. Whatever. You name it! The day is yours! Carpe Diem!

8:30pm - 9:30pm
Epcot Dessert Party


Good Evening and Welcome. Our Dessert Party begins at the United Kingdom Pavilion, Lower Terrace at EPCOT World Showcase. Good Evening and Welcome. A "group only" area has been reserved just for us to mingle with our fellow Passionate, with desserts and drinks to sample, as the spark of a thousand fireworks cast their brilliance over the waters of the World Showcase Lagoon. Epcot's night-time fireworks extravaganza: Illuminations 2000 Reflections of Earth is the perfect night cap to a magical Disney day.

[NOTE: This is a special "D-Ticket" attraction. You must be registered for the Dessert Party ahead of time - no walk-ups available, sorry.]

9:30pm +
More Disney Magic!

Not quite ready to tuck in? Don't worry! You can let out that child inside you at Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf located across from the Disney/MGM studios, hop over to Pleasure Island for the night, or, check out the Extended Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom - the night is yours, do with it as you please!

Saturday, August 11th
11:00am - 2:00pm
Activities in the La Nouba Theater


This is the day we've all been waiting for. Join us once again Saturday morning as we open our rooms for registration purposes, then, assemble out front of the Cirque du Soleil theater for a morning of circus delights! A Q&A with Theater Manager Richard Dennison, a complete and engrosing tour of the entire La Nouba facility and more!

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Group Meal @ House of Blues

Join us at the House of Blues for our group meal! Enjoy a three-course meal including salad and corn bread, a selection of Rosemary Chicken Breast, Cajun Meatloaf or Creole Jambalaya, and chocolate cake for dessert!

9:00pm - 11:30pm
Group Show - La Nouba!

Doors open at 8:30pm.

Then it's off to La Nouba at 9:00pm, where, once upon a time a door opened and two worlds collided. Dreams clashed with reality. The mundane mixed with the marvelous. It was no longer possible to tell where one world began and the other ended. This new place was called La Nouba...

11:30pm - 1:00am
La Nouba Green Room Party!


Stick around because you'll want to be in on the group photo with a few of the artists and party with the cast in the Green Room!

Sunday, August 12th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Our Kaffeeklatsch

On Sunday morning, join us once again in our hotel rooms for the Kaffeeklatsch - an impromptu get-together to give us your thoughts about the weekend. Come have a cup of coffee or tea and let us know how we did and what can be improved for our next adventure: CirqueCon 2008: Tokyo! Or just stop by to say "good-bye!"