January 19, 2011
This Wednesday we will be talking about my
favorite Disney princess, Belle. Belle was in the movies Beauty and
the Beast, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Belle's
Tales of Friendship, Belle's Magical World, and a lot of people
don't realize she made an appearance in Disney's The Hunchback of
Notre Dame (see below, bottom right red circle). She has also been
on television shows such as House of Mouse and Sing Me a Story with
Belle. She was also one of the seven princesses of heart in the
Kingdom Hearts series.
Belle lived in the French countryside with her
father Maurice before falling in love with the Beast and moving into
a beautiful castle. Her father was an inventor who people in the
town thought was crazy. Gaston, the local hunk and catch according
to all the women in town besides Belle, tries to win Belle's
affection and marry her to no avail.
Belle has many outfits between the films,
television shows, and video games she has appeared in. The most
common outfit is a blue and white dress with a white apron. She also
has a stunning yellow gown that she wears at the end of Beauty and
the Beast. Belle is believed to be between the ages of 18 and 25.
She has beauty and brains which makes her the perfect catch for
Belle was voice by Paige O'Hara in the movies and
video games, while on House of Mouse she was voiced by Jodi Benson.
Beauty and the Beast on Broadway has had a number of actress talents
that have played Belle. Some notable ones include Susan Egan (voiced
Meg in Hercules), Toni Braxton, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Christy Carlson
Romano (voiced Kim Possible), Ashley Brown (who also played Mary
Poppins on Broadway), and Anneliese Louise van der Pol (played
Chelsea on That's So Raven).
Belle can be found at various locations around
Disney World at different times throughout the day. She can be found
at Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom) for character dining,
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway, Epcot) for character dining,
and at the France Pavilion in Epcot for meet and greets.
Occasionally she can be seen at the Magic of Animation building at
Disney's Hollywood Studios as well. Story Time with Belle closed but
will I have been told will be reopening with the Fantasyland
Expansion. Also at Disney's Hollywood Studios, make sure to check
out Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage. It is a fantastic show
that is fun for the whole family.