Best Attraction: Enchanted Tales With Belle
ENCHANTED TALES WITH BELLE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.