Many little girls fantasize about what it must be like to be Sleeping Beauty. Some girls grow up and actually become Sleeping Beauty. Some lucky women actually get to call being a princess their job - and we're not talking Kate Middleton here (though, you know, technically she's more of a princess than anyone on this list).
While it seems like it must be a pretty glamorous gig, there are actually a lot of rules and regulations to being a Disney princess. Here are some of the rules Disney princesses have to follow. There's just a little bit more too it than being able to walk with a book on your head!
While supermodels are expected to be veritable skyscrapers, Disney princesses are also held to certain height requirements. All Disney princesses have to stand between 5'4" and 5'7", without glass slippers. Alice, Wendy and any fairy character are the only exceptions. They have to be between 4'11" and 5'2".
Height isn't the only thing that Disney is strict on. All princesses have to be a certain weight. Cinderella has to be able to fit into the Cinderella costume! While Disney has had some flack for it's body standards, the logic behind it is that the real life princess has to look like the cartoon princess.
Every princess knows that the color of her polish is a big deal. Disney princesses are required to keep their nails natural. Why? Because the same character is played by many different women throughout the day. A difference in nail polish color could ruin the illusion that it's the same person. Plus Snow White would never wear bright orange nail polish!
Disney cast members have to keep their hair natural too, even if it is hidden underneath a princess wig. "As a cast member, there are certain qualifications or things you have to do to maintain the 'Disney look. Like we’re not allowed to have any crazy hair colors and our nails have to be either French or a light pink or clear. We have to dress appropriately—on and off the clock, because their mentality is you represent the park, and it’s our job to promote the kind of atmosphere that we would like at Disney," reveals one Disney princess.
Disney princesses get thrown into a variety of situations that aren't covered in any of the movies. So a Disney princess needs to be able to go with the moment. "It gets hard, because you have to be thinking so much on your feet. If people are talking to you or yelling things, you have to come up with a response right away. It just takes a lot of practice outside so that you’re comfortable," says one Disney princess.
But a Disney princess still has to know her source material. "You have to watch the movies and you have to pull out things that they talk about or that are brought up in a movie that you know you can kind of work things back to," said a Disney princess. So if you're playing Ariel on land, does that mean you get to say nothing?
Disney princesses are exposed to behavior that's, well, less than royal. Much like soldiers who've gone to war, Disney princesses have seen the worst of humanity. One Disney fairy recalls one encounter with a five-year-old girl. The little girl all of a sudden got really shy and ran to her mom and hid. Her mom said 'Oh no, are you being a little stinker? I know, if you give mommy a lick will you feel better?' The little girl nodded & smiled. She then proceeded to lick her mom's face, from her chin to her forehead. She laughed, her mom laughed, and Tinkerbell, Rosetta, and me are standing there horrified at the M. Night Shyamalan twist this meet-&-greet has taken," said the Fairy.
It's not uncommon for a Disney princess to get hit on, but for some reason, Pocahontas seems to be the most popular. "I was hit on as Pocahontas more than Mulan or Silvermist. It definitely has to do with the amount of clothing she's wearing. I've never been touched inappropriately, but there's always the family that makes the grandpa or the dad get a picture alone & they'd whisper how pretty I was or ask when I got off of work. I'd get slipped the occasional phone number on a napkin, but nothing ridiculous has ever happened," said one Disney princess. Yikes!
Some Parents Encourage Their Kids To Hit Characters
Some Disney princesses get hit on. Other Disney princesses get hit. It's not uncommon for kids to go up and hit the characters, but some parents encourage it. "Kids are very aggressive, but most of the time they're coming at performers who are comfortable in the costume and who know how to handle any kind of light abuse. But you would not BELIEVE how many parents say, 'Hit him! Punch him! Do it!' It's incredible. I don't understand the mindset of some people," said one Disney princess. Parenting at it's best!
It takes about an hour for a normal human woman to turn into Snow White. And it's not getting into the costume that's the difficult part. It's the makeup. "Our makeup was made to match the colors in the films, which was neat, I still have tons of red lipstick. We started with makeup, then wig, then costuming. Pretty standard. All day long you have to make adjustments and do touch ups, especially after lunch," said one former Snow White.
Once a princess, always a princess...except at Disney World. Each year, princesses have to re-audition for their job. "You just have to audition for everything that's coming out. Normally, there’s auditions that just cast members can go to and then there’s the open call for everybody, and we have to audition every year to keep our jobs. We all re-audition, so you’re never safe. That makes it sound really ominous—but it kind of is! They keep you on your toes," said one Disney princess.