Princess Complex

Disney's Magic Kingdom is getting a girly-girl makeover

Chip Litherland for TIME

Two girls in matching outfits are shrieking. They're vying to play the Beast in a new skit at Walt Disney World called "Enchanted Tales with Belle." Every kid present is assigned a role from Beauty and the Beast, but Emily and Alexis Aparicio, ages 5 and 8, have their eyes on the prize. They've gone to the show before and know that whoever yells the loudest gets to play the Beast and dance with Belle--or more specifically, with a hoop-skirted Disney employee who never breaks character. Alexis' bloodcurdling wail wins her the part, complete with a red cape and a waltz.


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