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Former Disney Princess Reveals “Traumatizing” Rules and Work Environment

The Walt Disney World Resort is home to four incredible Theme Parks—Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The Disney Resort and each Disney Park have Guests flocking to them for the magical experience they provide. The Parks have myriad rides and attractions that make them an “must-visit.” The heart of the Disney experience, however, are the Disney Cast Members. Disney Cast Members have varieties of jobs in and around the Disney Parks, including playing some of our favorite princes, princesses, and more. Now, a former Disney princess spoke on her experience working at the Walt Disney World Resort, and she didn’t have very flattering things to say.

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Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

While “The Most Magical Place on Earth” is certainly magical for Guests, one former Disney Princess recently revealed that working there was anything but. Hunter Haag, who played both Belle and Rapunzel at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Central Florida, shared a lot of shocking truths about the work environment at Walt Disney World, including “de-humanizing” practices at work. She worked at the Disney Resort from 2016 through 2021 and was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haag shared that Cast Members had strict rules for their appearance and were subjected to regular “body checks” to check if they were “fit and slender” enough, so much so that she said, “Eating disorders, depression, anxiety—I’m not saying that the job causes any of those things but I will say it can be a trigger for them because we are having to watch our weight so it could be a trigger for people who do struggle with an eating disorder.”

Princesses at Castle

Snow White, Belle Pocahontas, Tiana, Merida, Rapunzel, Mulan, and Cinderella are all official Disney princesses. Credit: Disney

This is, unfortunately, not the worst of it.

Haag also said Guests would often treat Cast Members like  “zoo animals.” This, combined with a toxic work environment, meant employees would often “sabotage” each other. Per the Daily Star‘s reports, Haag reportedly said, “I was a Disney princess—there was dating drama and strict rules to stay beautiful.”

“It’s even as intense to the point where if you get in a car accident and you get a laceration on your face that leaves a scar you can also have a temporary disapproval because that doesn’t fit the character profile,” she added.

Hunter Haag worked at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World / Credit: Hunter Haag/Instagram

Hunter Haag worked at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World / Credit: Hunter Haag/Instagram

Haag also added about the audition process, “The audition process in itself is traumatizing because it’s based solely off your looks, you literally stand in a line with however many hundreds of other people and just look at casting, and they look right back at you, and that is it.”

You can read the full article here. Disney reportedly refused to respond to the article.

About Priyanka

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.