For many girls, growing up and becoming an actual Disney princess would be a dream come true. I couldn’t count how many times I shouted “Bonjour!” to an imaginary town, basket in hand, singing “there must be more than this provincial life!”, pretending to be Belle.
But in real gritty life, becoming a Disney princess (at Disneyland) isn’t such a glamorous job.
Here are 10 of the weirdest requirements you have to meet to become a Disney princess:
- Physical Requirements
You have to look the part, of course. For characters like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White and Jasmine, actresses should be between 5’3” and 5’7”. Shorter girls can appear as Mulan as long as you meet the height requirement between 5’2” and 5’6”. But it’s not just about your height – you have to be able to fit into a size 10 at most – which is well below the national average dress size for American women.
- Age Limit
Although Disney princesses are technically 14-year olds, Disneyland can’t actually hire minors. Actresses can only don their princess dresses if they’re aged between 18-27 years old. If you plan to stick around until you turn 27, better step up your skincare game or else you’re getting kicked out!
- Audition Process
Did you know that your stakes are higher if you look like some other girl at the audition? Yes, Disney might just hire all of you look-alikes since they need several girls for the roles they are trying to fill. If you’re too tall or too unique-looking, you might get sent home. If you do get the role, it’s going to be a long, grueling ride.
- Princess Training
If you think it was hard enough getting in, let’s talk about the Disney princess training. Every Disney princess must first become a fur character, maybe Minnie Mouse or some other mascot. They must do three days of learning the movie, and then two days of greeting guests in character, before they are given the three days to fully become their face characters.
- Battle The Weather
The weather at Disney parks can be so intense that actresses are warned about it before they even audition. That means, you have to battle extreme weather conditions, and still look good doing it.
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