Because our children are older (9 & 12), Enchanted Tales with Belle wasn’t on our radar. We had done Storytime with Belle in the old location when our kids were younger, so we really didn’t think there was a need to do the updated version in Belle’s cottage. One rainy day in Magic Kingdom while looking for somewhere dry, we stumbled into the line at Belle’s Cottage and decided to check it out. I am so glad that we did!
First of all, the exterior of the cottage itself is straight out of the storybook. You can even see a great view of the Beast’s castle from the front porch!
There is even a well! You can imagine Belle getting water on her way back to her family’s cottage.
Inside the first room you enter you will find Belle’s living room stacked full of books. You will wait here a bit, so take time to look at each and everything in the room and notice how it ties into the story.
There is a portrait of Belle as a child with her mother. Of course, there is a book in the portrait. That same book can be found in the room!
Once you exit the living room, you are taken into Maurice’s Workshop. You don’t spend much time here, but do take time to look at the details such as all of his inventions hanging along the ceiling. You will also find a magic mirror.
The magic mirror looks like any ordinary mirror, but as you wait in this room, it will transform into a door that will take you to another room with a talking Wardrobe.
The Wardrobe comes to life and instructs the crowd how they will be part of bringing the story of Beauty and Beast to life. Her assistant chooses participants from the crowd to play various roles and after those are chosen, she will ask f there is anyone else who would like to participate. I loved the fact that every child could have the chance to participate!
Once everyone has had a chance to be given instruction on their role, they are shuffled into the Beast’s Library where Lumiere greets you and lets you know that Belle is on her way!
After a short performance (including Belle) each child gets to meet with her for a photo shoot by a Disney photographer. When you leave, you will be given a card so that you may access your photos online.
Overall, we were very glad that we took the time to stop by Enchanted Tales with Belle. While it is geared to the 10 and under crowd, it is a neat experience for everyone to be able to see inside her cottage and the Beast’s library!
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