Best At­trac­tion: En­chanted Tales With Belle

EN­CHANTED TALES WITH BELLE

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY LYNN SVENSON

With the up­com­ing live-ac­tion film set to pre­miere in early 2017, Dis­ney Parks are alive with ex­cite­ment over Beauty and the Beast. Guests of the Magic King­dom have been de­lighted with Belle’s pres­ence at En­chanted Tales with Belle since its open­ing in 2012.

En­chanted Tales with Belle is an in­ter­ac­tive, walk-through, char­ac­ter meet-and-greet ex­pe­ri­ence. It is not a ride, nor a sim­ple meet-and-greet. Guests be­come part of the story in a hu­mor­ous and fun reen­act­ment, and then, ul­ti­mately, meet Belle.

Lo­ca­tion

En­chanted Tales with Belle is lo­cated in New Fan­ta­sy­land at Magic King­dom. Its lo­ca­tion is easy to get to but since the them­ing is done so well, you may ac­tu­ally walk right past it! Di­rectly be­hind Cin­derella Cas­tle and Prince Charm­ing Re­gal Car­rousel, you’ll no­tice the en­trance to New Fan­ta­sy­land with sev­eral tur­rets. Once you pass through the tur­rets, En­chanted Tales with Belle will be on your left within Mau­rice’s lovely lit­tle cot­tage and work­shop! Stroller park­ing is lo­cated di­rectly out­side the at­trac­tion.

Queue/pre-show Ex­pe­ri­ence

Fastpass+ is avail­able for this ex­pe­ri­ence. Given the large num­ber of at­trac­tions in Magic King­dom that have Fastpass+ avail­able, you may find your choices bet­ter uti­lized at larger at­trac­tions that typ­i­cally have longer wait times. How­ever, if you have younger ones in your party, or a Beauty and the Beast su­per fan and this at­trac­tion is on your must-do list, cer­tainly take ad­van­tage of a faster line with a Fastpass+.

The queue is a windy, themed path around the out­side of Mau­rice’s cot­tage, with most ar­eas nicely shaded. Me­men­tos from Belle’s child­hood are ev­ery­where in­side the cot­tage, bring­ing guests in­side Belle’s life be­fore the time-pe­riod of the movie.

At­trac­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence

Just a small group of guests at a time are first brought into a room in Mau­rice’s cot­tage. In­side, there’s a mag­i­cal mir­ror that was gifted by Beast so Mau­rice can visit Belle whenever he wishes! The mir­ror comes alive and opens up to the size of a door, al­low­ing guests to walk through to in­side Beast’s Cas­tle, where they then meet Madame Wardrobe, an an­i­ma­tronic closet that, to­gether with her Cast Mem­ber as­sis­tant, as­sign guests to spe­cific char­ac­ters from the movie with cutout props. Guests can be­come a knight, bark­ing stool, Chip, and even Beast

him­self! Kids and adults alike are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate!

Once all char­ac­ters are ready, every­one is then brought into Belle’s Li­brary, where Lu­mière, an­other state-of-the-art talk­ing an­i­ma­tronic, is await­ing you! Guests take a seat on benches in the small room and then it’s every­one’s fa­vorite part: Belle is in­tro­duced and she makes her grand en­trance into the room! As Lu­mière tells the story that we all know and love, both Belle and her cast of guests act it out. Be sure to have your cam­era ready, es­pe­cially if a mem­ber of your party is in the per­for­mance! Photos and video are en­cour­aged, but no flash is al­lowed.

After­ward, the per­for­mance guests get to meet and take photos with Belle and also re­ceive an En­chanted Tales with Belle book­mark. What a great free sou­venir!

Who will love it?

Lit­tle ones will love meet­ing Belle and some char­ac­ters from the movie, while older guests can ap­pre­ci­ate the ad­vanced an­i­ma­tronic tech­nol­ogy of Madame Wardrobe and Lu­mière. Guests of all ages will find par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sto­ry­line fun, un­less you have ex­treme anx­i­ety when it comes to be­ing in front of a crowd (then stand in the back and don’t vol­un­teer – you can still en­joy it)! Those look­ing for thrills may find the slower pace and walk-through as­pect not to their lik­ing but some may find it a wel­come change of pace.

Fi­nal Tips

I rec­om­mend hav­ing at least one mem­ber of your party par­tic­i­pate in the per­for­mance, not only to pro­vide a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, but to also get the perks at the end of meet­ing Belle and re­ceiv­ing a book­mark.

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