Reddit User Reveals Demands of Being a Disney Princess

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Being a Disney princess seems fun, but it is in fact a lot of work, according to one former Snow White who held an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit.

Known only by her username of "Doublenn," the woman told of all the pros and cons of working at Disneyland as a princess, revealing that it is actually a very demanding job.

They are known as "face characters," and the job requires them to not only look the part, but also talk the part and know how to sing, dance, and produce a similar-sounding voice to their character.

Doublenn said that the audition process is very long, requiring a series of steps. The first step is to see which character the girls look like. If they pass this test, then they go through several others which include dancing, acting in character and an interview.

One of the most surprising requirements, though, is that the women be between 5'4" and 5'7," anything below or over that is unacceptable, unless the women are cast as one of the fairies. 

For fairies, women should be between 4'11" and 5'2".

They also must be a certain age. Disneyland prefers princesses to be between 18 and 23 years old, but some women can work until they are 27. But it is "almost unheard of" for a princess or fairy to be over 27 years old.

After the princess is hired, she must go through a five day, intensive training course where she studies Disney movies so she can learn to quote her character.

Doublenn said once she started working, she would spend an hour each day getting ready, including spending 20 minutes putting on her Snow White costume.

Periodically throughout the day, she had to touch up her makeup and make sure she looked her best.

She said they did not pay her much, as she started at $13.50 an hour. But it later increased to $16 an hour.

She said one of the most difficult things was to follow all of the rules, including to remain in character at all times and never sit down while working, always smile and always do the character's voice.

Doublenn said that though she had a lot of training to keep Snow White's high voice, over the years, it led to her developing inoperable vocal nodes.

Despite the major cons to the job, Doublenn said she doesn't regret the experience, as she made many lifelong friends.

"It took three years before I really started to get over it and I wanted to get out," she said.

Sources: Business Insider, Daily Mail