PHOTOS, VIDEO: Enchanted Tales with Belle Reopens For First Time in Nearly 3 Years at Magic Kingdom

After being closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Enchanted Tales with Belle has finally reopened at the Magic Kingdom.

If you look closely at the entrance signage, you can spot Lumiére.

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New Lightning Lane signage has been added to the entrance of the queue.

Enchanted Tales with Belle is an attraction inside Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom that allows guests to enter Belle and her father Maurice’s cottage, Maurice’s workshop, and finally (with the help of a special enchanted mirror) the library of Beast’s castle.

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Cast Members waved at guests as we were finally able to join the queue.

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Another Fantasyland experience that was shuttered due to the pandemic was Ariel’s Grotto, which reopened in January.

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Maurice is, famously and infamously, an inventor. You can see small nods to his inventive spirit throughout the queue leading into the cottage like these gears on the lantern post.

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Inside Maurice’s cottage is a portrait of Belle as a child reading a book with her mother.

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If you look closely inside the cottage you can spot markings on the wall to notate how tall Belle was as she grew from age three to 18.

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Does that tea pot and cup set look familiar?

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Blueprints for Maurice’s inventions line the walls of his workshop.

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Finally, guests stand in front of an enchanted mirror that magically transforms into a portal to Beast’s Castle after guests chant, “take me back to when Belle and Beast fell in love.”

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As the enchantment takes over, the frame of the mirror grows.

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The mirror shows the exterior of Beast’s castle getting closer and closer.

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Until finally, the mirror “magically” turns into a doorway that allows guests through to the castle.

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Before entering the library, the Enchanted Wardrobe interacts with guests and helps assign parts of the story to be played to guests of all ages.

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Parts to be played, like Mrs. Potts and Chip, are distributed to guests.

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As guests are assigned their parts, they are given corresponding cut-outs of the character they are playing. Like the “suits of armor”.

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Upon entering the library, guests sit on benches and are greeted by Lumiere.

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This Lumiere animatronic is quite impressive as it moves and talks. He directs guests to yell “surprise” when Belle walks into the room.

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Finally, Belle joins everyone in the library, and the story begins!

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The story of “Beauty and the Beast” is then acted out with guests playing many of the supporting roles.

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Lumiere is the narrator of the story, and throughout the tale guests are called on to play their part.

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After the story ends, Belle takes photos with members of the “cast.”

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Since guests are interacting with the story, Enchanted Tales with Belle is a slightly different experience each time.

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After the photo op, “it’s time for dinner,” and Belle leaves.

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As a parting keepsake, every guest who plays a role in the story is given a special bookmark to take home.

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The bookmark reads, “you’ll always be part of my favorite story,” and features a facsimile signature by Belle.

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The reverse side is made to look like the spine of a book titled “Enchanted Tales with Belle.”

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Each guest who participates in the story is given one of these cards by the Disney PhotoPass photographer to download photos taken during the story and with Belle. Every single photo taken during the show is available via this card.

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Check out our full video of Enchanted Tales with Belle below.

Are you excited to see Enchanted Tales with Belle finally reopened to guests? Let us know in the comments.

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