Rare Backstage Look at Walt Disney World Costuming


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I was allowed to try on a costume, that of a forest merchant. It's the costume you'll see on the ladies who work at the shop in Belle's Village called Bonjour! Village Gifts.

The inspiration for the costumer, Catey said, was taken from "Beauty and the Beast." The brocade was found in a town outside Paris and the satin skirt, he said, is meant to look upscale, because the merchants actually live in the castle and just come to the forest to sell their wares.

And even though I don't have any formal training when it comes to greeting guests, my employment at ABC News does, technically, make me a Disney cast member.

And maybe that's why Disney actually allowed me into the Magic Kingdom to "work" as a merchant, greeting guests outside the shop. I was nervous, but practiced by best "bonjour" and "au revoir" and walked from backstage to front and center in New Fantasyland.

And because I didn't get escorted out, it seems I did OK. Watch the video and tell me what you think.

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