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Storytime with Belle
If you have a little one, be sure to go to Belle’ s Storytime. The very first time we went we just happened upon it while looking for a place to sit and rest in the shade. We were so pleased that we found it and we have been back many times since.
Storytime with Belle is located in the Magic Kingdom, next to the Enchanted Grove Refreshment stand in Fantasyland and across from Cosmic Ray’ s in Tomorrowland in the Fairy Tale Garden.
This secluded Fairytale Garden is tucked behind and to the right of Cinderella Castle.
This intimate outdoor amphitheatre-styled setting has a backdrop of crumbling stone walls that are made to look centuries old. The " story" of the Fairy Tale Garden is that ruins from the 1300s were uncovered behind Cinderella’ s Castle and they are now being restored.
You will need to check your attraction guide when you get to Magic Kingdom as several times a day Belle delights children with her retelling of the story of Beauty and the Beast. The 20-minute show involves lots of audience participation, encouraging children to become part of the show. You can really get some great photo opportunities.
There is a rather small seating area with benches that quickly fill up. If you little one would like to participate they will need to try to sit near the front as often the participants are chosen from here. Some small children may develop a case of stage fright if chosen so probably best to make your children aware this may be the case, you can always decline on their behalf.
Initially a group of girls is chosen and Belle’ s helper leads the whole group up on the stage and dresses them as Lumiere (the candelabra), Cogsworth (the clock), Chip (the cup) and Mrs. Potts (the teapot).
Lumiere wore a large candle on her head with a Velcro strap under her neck. The other costumes were large pieces of cloth with straps around the children’ s shoulders and they were probably only in them for 10 minutes.
Once the story starts Belle chooses Gaston (the bad guy), the Beast (the hero) and Maurice (Belle’ s father) from among the seated audience members.
Guided by Belle’ s helper, the children were able to dance with Belle and the Beast and follow a few other simple stage directions. It is extremely well organized and the participants really enjoy it.
Be sure to have your autograph book on hand as, after the show, Belle is available to sign autographs and pose for photos with all the children.
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Page added on: 16 April 2008
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