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Belle – The Fifth Official Disney Princess

Belle is the fifth official Disney Princess! She is sweet, kind, loves books, and is loyal.

Belle is from the Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast” which was released on November 22, 1991. This movie was a huge hit! It was the first animated movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. If for some reason you haven’t seen it, here is a brief recap.

Beauty and the Beast Movie Synopsis

A young prince turns away an ugly hag who is looking for shelter. The hag turns out to be an enchantress who turns the prince into a beast and his servants into objects. This spell will last until the prince learns to love and be loved in return – or until the magic rose dies.

Belle and her father find the enchanted castle by mistake, and Belle ends up a prisoner, alone. With the help of the servants, Belle and the Beast begin to see more in each other than meets the eye.

Will Belle and the Beast find true love before the last petal falls off the magic rose – forcing the Beast to stay in his hideous form forever? Will Gaston, the man who is in love with Belle, find the Beast and kill him in order to win Belle’s love?

beauty and the beast on float

Of course, this is a Disney movie so we know the answers! Belle and the Beast fall in love, the castle and servants are turned back to their original forms, and Gaston gets the ending he deserves!

Lets do a deep dive on this amazing princess.

Everything to know about Princess Belle

What is Princess Belle known for?

Belle is mostly known for her love of reading. Books bring her to far away places and give her adventures that she is unable to have in her town. You may notice that when Belle is speaking to the bookkeeper about her favorite book, she is describing her own story!

beauty and the beast garden statues
photo credit Alexis Lariscy

Who is Belle’s Prince?

The Beast is Belle’s prince, and rumor has it that his actual name is Prince Adam.

Who voiced Belle in Beauty And The Beast?

Belle was voiced by Paige O’Hara. Paige voiced Belle for several Disney films and Disney video games. In 2011 Paige received a Disney Legends Award. This awards recognizes her 20 years worth of contributions to Disney productions.

Check out Paige sharing about her experience recording Belle below! You will find out a fun tidbit about Belle’s hair.

9 Fun Facts About Belle:

  1. Belle is supposed to be about 17 years old.
  2. Belle is the only one in the village who wears the color blue.
  3. Belle is the first princess with brown hair and the second princess not royal from birth!
  4. Belle is known for her beauty (“it has no parallel”), but also for being “odd” and not fitting in with the townspeople.
  5. Belle’s appearance was inspired by Judy Garland and Julie Andrews.
  6. Belle’s yellow ball gown signifies that she has warmed up to the Beast – she is no longer wearing blue.
  7. Belle’s name means “beautiful” in French.
  8. Belle is the only princess to have hazel eyes.
  9. Belle is the only singing princess to not sing the main theme song!
Belle and lumiere show

What to say to Belle at Walt Disney World:

What to ask Belle when you meet her at Disney World:
1. Ask her if she has ready any good books lately.
2. Ask her if her father has made any new inventions.
3. Ask her if she ever sees Gaston.
4. Ask her if she ever misses Lumiere being a candelabra.

What songs did Belle sing?

Belle sang the song “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast.x

Favorite Belle Quotes

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.”
“What do you know about my dreams, Gaston.”
“Well, some people use their imagination.”
“We’re together now. Everything is going to be fine, you’ll see.”
“Gaston, you are positively primeval.”

See all our favorite Gaston quotes here!

Fun Family Fact: Belle is Katie’s favorite Disney Princess and she even brought a Beauty and the Beast poster with her to college. The Beast’s castle is one of our favorite lunch spots at Disney!

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