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Princesses Tell Tales

Once upon a time, in a small toy shop in a place called Fantasyland, there were three beautiful princesses and a royal story squire. Three times a day, the princesses would gather about them a group of children hungry for fantasy, adventure and a drop of fairytale romance. Mothers and fathers usually took their younger children to hear the enchanting stories that the princesses told, but one day, a teenager walked into the room ...

Last week, my mom took my little brother and me to hear these charming stories. When storytime started, the story squire introduced either Belle, Snow White or Cinderella. We saw two princesses that day.

First, Belle told her own story of a somewhat bland life in a French village. She then wound up a prisoner in a huge castle occupied by the Beast. As she explored the castle, Belle wandered into an area forbidden to her. As the story continued, she and the Beast fell in love, and the magic spell -- or rather, curse -- broke, and he turned into a handsome prince.

Princesses Tell Tales

Then Cinderella told us the story of how she, a servant to her stepmother and stepsisters, was whisked to the royal ball in a pumpkin carriage, danced with the prince and fell in love with him. He then found the glass slipper that fell from her foot as she fled the castle at midnight, and searched the kingdom until he found her.

The third story, which Belle told us, was "The Princess and the Wishing Ball". This was about Princess Matilda who was selfish, mean and ungrateful. When a frog helped her retrieve a gift which had fallen into a well, he asked for a couple of favors in return. Matilda does not know it, but the frog will soon teach her to be a kind, loving, generous person, like all princesses should be. Once she had learned her lesson, the frog surprised Matilda by turning into a handsome prince.

Snow White tells the story of the life that she shared with the Dwarfs, but she was not telling stories the day we were there. You have to understand that I was one of the biggest kids there, but it was still lots of fun! It was especially interesting to watch the squire take on all the various roles as Cinderella and Belle went on telling their intriguing life stories. He acted as everything from evil stepmother to Princess Matilda to fairy godmother, and did everything from throwing temper tantrums to saying, "Bibbidi- bobbidi- boo." It was quite amusing, really. The princesses and squire even asked for help from the audience from time to time.

Tinker Bell Toy Shoppe

Storytimes are at 11:15 in the morning, 12:15, and 1:15 in the afternoon in the back of the Tinker Bell Toy Shoppe. We learned that you have to get there a little early if you want a guaranteed spot on the rug! Stories last about 15 to 20 minutes. If you want pictures or autographs with a princess, she will be waiting after the story to see you. The thing about these stories is, they aren't at all boring! Even if you know how they start, know how they end, and don't like the kiss in the middle, the princesses make sure that their story is as exciting as can be. And most importantly of all... they always live happily ever after.

Ciao!

~ Jewel


Jewel's FastFact: Before he became a huge star, actor Steve Martin sold Disneyland guidebooks for a living.


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Princesses Tell Tales

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jewel
Hi!
My name is Jewel.

I am 13 years old, and a typical junior high student. I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. My family and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we go quite often. I love school, and science has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am in band and hope to be involved in music for the rest of my life.

Right now, my career goal is to become a deejay. In my mind, that is the coolest job in the world! My hobbies include: listening to and playing music, reading, writing, messing around on the computer and hanging out at Disneyland. We have seven cats (four of them found us), a black Labrador, and I have a goldfish.


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