With Disney on Ice rolling into town on September 10th, we thought it was time to catch up with Belle, one of the stars of the show. She, in character, tells us about magic castles, family life and plans for the future...
Current Residence: I live in a small provincial town in France. Papa and I have a little cottage there. But recently, I’ve been a guest at a most interesting castle that I came across in the forest.
Hobbies: Oh, I love to read. Especially adventure stories about far-off places, daring swordfights, and magical spells. I also like riding and just spending time in the beautiful countryside.
What do you never travel without and why?
I never go anywhere without a book, or two, or three. Wherever I am, I like to find some quiet moments to curl up and let my imagination wander into a story.
Favourite places to visit: Well, I haven’t been to very many places, but I would love to see as much of the world as I can. I’ve read stories about so many wonderful lands and learned about all sorts of amazing people. I think it would be fascinating to travel and make new friends.
Do you have a favourite book?
Oh, I couldn’t pick just one. You see, when I read a story, I imagine myself in that place and with the people I’m reading about. So each new story takes me someplace different and introduces me to new customs and traditions. That’s what’s makes reading so fascinating. There are so many books to get lost in.
Can you tell us more about the castle you’ve been staying at?
Its, well, it was placed under a magical spell by an enchantress, so everyone who lives there is quite unique. I’ve made the dearest friends. There’s Mrs. Potts the teapot, and her adorable son Chip. And of course Lumiere and Cogsworth. They’ve all made me feel very welcome.
What about the owner of the castle? We’ve heard he is a bit different.
Oh yes. We’re just getting to know each other. He has a bit of a temper. But he can also be very sweet. In fact, when he found out about my love of books, he gave me the entire castle library to explore. I can’t imagine the incredible places I’ll get to read about in all those books.
What are your plans for the future?
Well, I’d like to help my father become a world-famous inventor. And I hope to spend more time with my friends at the castle. Of course, I’d love to travel and see all the places I’ve read about. Goodness, it seems I’ll be rather busy, doesn’t it?
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