Mother Dressed as Princess Kicked Out of Disneyland Paris
A mother wearing a princess dress at Disneyland Paris to celebrate her birthday was forced to change before entering the park.
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Natasha Narula, 35, was pulled aside by a security guard while waiting in line to enter the theme park. She and her eight-year-old daughter, Drew, had thought it would be fun to dress up as princesses for the day.
Natasha was wearing an old wedding dress, birthday badge, and Mickey Mouse ears. Her daughter was decked out in a tiara and a white and gold bridesmaid dress she had kept from a family wedding.
While waiting in line, the pair was pulled aside by a security guard and Natasha was told she must change out of her dress. Natasha -- who had previously called to ask if she and her daughter could wear the dresses in the park -- were told Disney has a global policy that bans anyone over the age of nine from wearing fancy dresses in the park.
"I thought they were playing a joke on me because it was April Fool's Day" Narula told UK's Daily Mail.
"I didn't even have any make-up on and didn't look anything like the characters in the park, it wasn't like I was wearing a big Mickey Mouse outfit, it was just a dress."
Natasha and Drew were forced to go back to the hotel they were staying at where Natasha changed into the clothes she had been wearing the day before.
"It was so humiliating being pulled aside by the security team," Narula told the Telegraph. She said she was left completely embarrassed by the incident.
"It was unbelievable because I had already got permission from somebody on the phone, but the guards said the children would think that I worked for them. They told me I couldn't go in until I'd changed into more suitable clothing."
Narula, described the wedding dress she was wearing as "totally hideous." She said she had bought the "silly, puffed sleeved" dress for £20 (around $30).
"How on earth can they possibly say that I look too much like a princess?
"It was supposed to have been a fun day out for me and my daughter and we saw loads of children on the way and not one of them asked if I was one of the princesses from the park. In fact the only question that I got was whether I was married from a little girl who passed me by.
"I tried to tell the guards that every young girl knows what a Disney princess looks like, but it fell on deaf ears."
The Telegraph reported Disneyland confirmed the company has a global policy banning adults from wearing fancy dresses in their theme parks.
"No one over the age of nine is allowed to enter our theme parks in fancy dress. It prevents confusion," said a spokesman to the news outlet.
Natasha has written to Disneyland demanding an apology.