Mythbusting the everyday life of a real Disney royal.

By Blake Bakkila
February 01, 2018

They bring our favorite childhood classics to life as Belle, Ariel, and Cinderella every day of the week. It’s even possible that one of your cherished mementos is a picture you’ve taken with one of them. But behind the beaming smile, floor-length gown, and perfect makeup of each princess at a Disney park is a real-life person. These late teens and early twenty-somethings who smile and wave all over the park, sit atop floats, and perform in shows are having fun, but they’re also on the clock. And adhering to park policies and standards, maintaining the “Disney look,” and serving as brand ambassadors is equally important to their world-renowned performances.

Real Simple sat down with one of the Disney royals to hear about the makeup routine, job security, and behind-the-scenes happenings at The Happiest Place on Earth. Asking to remain anonymous, one princess tells us what it’s like to be a character at Disneyland.

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