Disney is the best at what they do: storytelling. Their newest movie is a remake of their classic animation, “Beauty and the Beast”! The remake, “Beauty and the Beast” is in theaters March 17, and stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad. The film is absolutely stunning! I learned 7, fun, behind-the-scenes facts from a presentation at the “Beauty and The Beast: Sneak Peek” at Disney California Adventure. As movie-goers, we often miss the little details in films, but it’s safe to say that major work has gone into creating memorable scenes that will remain for a lifetime.
7 Behind-the-Scenes Facts
April 15 is a special date for this production. Emma Watson (Belle), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Luke Evans (Gaston), and Nathan Mack (Chip) all share the same birthday. Plus, the entire cast had their first read-through for the movie.
8,700 candles were used to decorate the set of this production, which equals 100,000 inches of wax.
The ballroom floor of Beast’s castle is made of 12,000 square-ft of faux marble, and its design is based on a pattern found on the ceiling of a Benedictine Abbey in the Czech Republic.
The ballroom has 10 glass chandeliers that measure 14” x 7”.
Approximately 1,500 red roses were used during the production.
The Enchanted Forest that surrounds Beast’s Castle features real trees and hedges, a frozen lake and 20,000 icicles. It took 15 weeks to complete. There was a crew of over 1,000 people working on this production.
The costume department spent a lot of time creating Belle’s iconic yellow dress. Over 180 feet of fabric was used to create her dress, along with 3,000 feet of thread. It took over 12,000 hours to produce. Once the dress was finished it was adorned with 2,000 Swarovski crystals. The costume team challenged itself to use sustainable costumes made from fair trade fabrics.
Visiting Disneyland? Read how Disney has created Beauty and the Beast moments for their guests here.