Hanging Out With the Real Belle

My favorite Disney princess has always been Belle. She is smart, witty, caring, longs for adventure, and could care less what others think of her. My favorite part of the movie is when Gaston tries to marry her and she refuses because he’s an ignorant jerk constantly followed around by 3 bimbos. I used to pretend I was Belle, reading all day, daydreaming of far away lands, and playing around my cottage full of crazy inventions. My love for Belle and her small town in France made my experience in New Fantasyland a little nerve-racking. If little details were off, characters poorly portrayed, or story elements missing I’d be thoroughly disappointed.

As I entered Belle and Maurice’s home at the entrance to “Enchanted Tales with Belle”, I felt like I was being transported right into the movie. The house was decorated with old books, dressers, water pitchers, churners, and all of their possessions.

The back room was Maurice’s, and full of his many inventions, and attempts at inventions. At the front of the room was a large roped-off mirror acting as a focal point. The young man leading the tour asked us lots of questions (all geared towards children), when a little boy finally shouted, “So is that big mirror going to do something!?”

Turned out the big mirror was magical. After we all said a couple magic words, the mirror came to life! Scenes from the movie played before our eyes, and before we knew it the mirror had stretched to seven feet tall, and transformed into a door! As the door opened we could see straight into the beast’s castle!

We walked through and entered into a dressing room with Wardrobe, the talking dresser. Wardrobe was phenomenal! She was so realistic that I began to believe she was an actual talking dresser. She informed us that we were going to put on a little play for Belle: her and the Beast’s love story. She gave several of us different parts to act out. I got the part of Mrs. Potts.

We were then taken into the library. Here we sat and received instructions from Lumiere, the candelabra. We were to surprise Belle as she entered and act out her story. Moments later Belle graced us with her presence and we all put on a show together.

My favorite part was her interaction with the little boy playing the Beast. He roared ferociously as he came up from behind to scare her, but when she begged for him to let her Father free, he just nodded his head, wide-eyed, and in awe of the Princess…even though he was supposed to be tough and tell her “no”.

It was so fun and magical. Every child in the room was so thrilled to be in the castle and playing with Belle. It was really special for all the families. I (obviously) was dreaming of the day we get to take our own kids to meet Belle. I can’t help myself! Disney is cute kid central (also bratty kid central, but I ignore those children); it’s impossible not to think about a Disney vacation with my future children.

Our kids will either be thankful for having awesome parents who know everything about the parks, or resent Disney and us for forcing them to go every year. Either way, we’re going!


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