Although the attraction has been open to visitors for almost a year now, Enchanted Tales with Belle (ETwB) continues to draw large crowds daily in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Due to the nature of the experience and its popularity, wait times for this attraction start building early in the morning and are consistently 30-40 minutes or more throughout the day, even on less crowded days. If you do not select this attraction in the newly implemented Fast Pass + program, DWDads suggests making ETwB your first stop after rope drop to avoid the impending large crowds later in the day.
What to Expect
If you have not already watched a walkthrough on YouTube, we do NOT recommend doing so. We recommend experiencing the magic of this attraction LIVE, but if you feel like you MUST, then Be Our Guest. (See what we did there?)
You approach Belle’s cottage, through Fantasyland Forest and you can see it is a tiny little home. The majority of the ride queue is outdoors, wind your way closer take notice of the beautiful details of Belle’s cottage, Only about 30-40 people are admitted at a time, the line tends to move in spurts. Once your party makes its way into the entrance of Belle’s cottage, you are immediately transformed into Belle‘s world. You feel like you are in her family home from the movie. Although my boys loved the checkerboard and mugs in the center of the room, make sure you take the time to pick out some of the details that the imagineers used to immerse you into Belle’s childhood home.
After you move your way through the living room area – you’ll enter Maurice’s workshop at the back of the cottage. Every inch of the room is covered with inventions and gadgets that Maurice has been working on in his shop. Then magically a door appears before you and you are whisked away into the parlor where you are greeted with an amazing piece of animatronics Madame Wardrobe.
Here with the help of a wonderful Cast Member Madame Wardrobe explains that we are to surprise Belle by re-telling the story of how Belle and Beast met. Props are then given out to guests who volunteer to play parts in the telling of the story. After roles are all given out Lumiere then calls everyone to gather in Beast’s library. Lumiere is one of the most impressive displays of animatronics around. Seeing this character come to life is reason enough to visit the attraction.
Once in the library those with roles gather in the front around Lumiere, while the rest of the audience sits on comfortable benches around the room. Lumiere calls Belle (live person) into the room and together they direct a small show with each of the guest volunteers playing a special part in the show. A photopass photographer captures all of the great moments of the show, and every guest that plays a role in the show, is given a chance to meet Belle and take a quick photo. Belle is then rushed out to meet Beast at a ball, but every member that played a part is given a bookmark as a memento of the occasion.
These bookmarks, along with the photopass photos, make this attraction a memorable one.