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!
Take your time to take in all the details before you walk inside the cottage because the Disney imagineers did a wonderful job bringing the story to life. Even the exterior leading up the cottage makes you feel like you are right inside the story! You will find a well and you can get a beautiful view of Beast’s castle from the front porch of the cottage.
Once inside the cottage, you will have a little time to see the home where Belle grew up. Her books are stacked throughout the room and you will even be able to find the same book that appears in the portrait of Belle & her mother on the wall.
Once you exit the family 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, it will transform into a doorway to a hidden dressing 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 if 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. The photo will be automatically added to your Photopass account.
Besides the opportunity to meet & greet with Belle, you will also get a bookmark that your child can take home as a free souvenir.
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!
Have you attended Enchanted Tales with Belle? What did you think?