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Who We Are:

Once Upon a Time Parties D.C. is the premier character entertainment company in the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., & Maryland area. We offer professional, authentic, & high-quality fairytale character experiences to make your event magical. We aspire to make a difference in the hearts of children and parents alike, reminding them that anything is possible with kindness, grace, and a touch of magic!

We guarantee that your child will truly feel the magic of our characters through our professionalism & authenticity. We bring our characters to life through our attention to detail, which truly sets us apart from other companies. From the beautiful gowns provided by our Fairy Godmother to the shoes & even the accessories our characters wear, you can rest assured that your guests will know that our characters are truly the real deal.

We have an extensive process for hiring performers that are not only passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, but also go above and beyond to bring character’s stories to life! All of our actors are musically trained and go through hours of training to learn their character’s mannerisms, voices, and movements- because we know that your children notice the little things!

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Reviews from Our Clients:

“I cannot recommend Alexa and her performers enough. This was the most magical experience for my niece’s 6th birthday. The performers are all incredibly professional, talented and look perfect — the entire neighborhood came out to watch and has been talking about it on Facebook ever since! On top of that, Alexa, the owner is very professional, very responsive and was great about COVID protocols. I cannot recommend this business enough. You won’t regret booking them.” – Gabrielle K.

“Thank you a million times over! Rayah couldn’t stop talking about the Princesses that came to her party… 8 then questioned where the rest of them were! It was perfect so thank you to you & your amazing team! Continued blessings & I’m sure we’ll be seeing you all in the near future!” – Courtney Z.

“Elsa made our 3 year old’s birthday dreams come true. Quite a memorable event. Great team to work with. Thank you!” – Lauren Belive

“Rapunzel visited our daughter yesterday and we had a blast! highly recommend Once Upon a Time Parties.” ~ Radek K.

“Clara had such a wonderful time and couldn’t believe she got to meet the ‘really real Rapunzel’ and loved playing games with her.  She won’t take her crown off either from Rapunzel herself.  You made her day.” – Eliza P.

“My daughter’s 6th birthday was truly special because we had the Snow Queen come to entertain the party guests. I was amazed how true to character, patient and professional they were. I would definitely hire them again in the future.” – Cathy C.

“We had an amazing party, in large part due to your company. The princess were great and took care of all the hosting. I was able to (for the first time in several birthday parties) actually sit back and enjoy one of my kids parties because I didn’t have to play host.” – Jessy K.

Wonderful experience with Once Upon a time! Princess Elena was on time and in character the whole time-- she was wonderful with a bunch of 5 year olds and their WILD questions about how she got there (did she ride a Jaquin?), how old she and everyone else in the show are, how she came out of the screen, how old her teeth are (5 year olds are apparently very interested in this) etc, etc. She read them a story, sang a song, then helped them with a little craft-- decorating magic wands with markers, stickers, jewels. She also helped us sing happy birthday and posed for some photos. The kids were enthralled and the birthday girl is still talking about it.

Rachel Gentile Avatar Rachel Gentile
October 7, 2023

This was my first time booking with Once Upon a Time Parties. The company accommodated my location. I had absolutely no problems to note. Ariel came exactly on time and made sure every child got her attention. My daughter was in awe and has been talking about her into the next day. She really made her day magical. I could only ask if she sang more as she had a beautiful voice! We recommend this company to anyone looking to create a magical day!

Lusine Avatar Lusine
October 7, 2023

Once Upon a Time parties is such a joy to work with. They’ve donated their time and talents to our nonprofit twice now. They are so professional and are always a hit at our annual walk!

Julia Moluf Avatar Julia Moluf
September 7, 2023

I would highly recommend OUATP to anyone!! They made a magical experience for my daughter’s birthday from start to finish. They are super responsive and will help you with anything you need for your party. Best part was they filled the entire time, and I didn’t have to lift a finger. The characters were absolutely lovely and committed to the roles. From the story time to the songs and crafts and games… all the kids had a fantastic time. Will definitely be using them again!!

Diana Huang Avatar Diana Huang
February 7, 2023

We had Belle come to my daughter’s 3rd birthday and it was so amazing! She was so good with the kids especially because my daughter turned shy very quickly. It was 10000% worth it and I have friends that now want to also. I don’t have enough great things to say. She was so attentive to the kids and made them feel so special.

Kara Bishop Avatar Kara Bishop
January 7, 2023

I booked Once Upon a Time Parties D.C. months ago for my daughter’s birthday and I am SO blown away by my experience with them! From planning ahead all the way go party day, every interaction was magical and every detail covered. We booked Anna and Kristoff and they were perfect! They came prepared with a story, singing, a craft, a game, portrait time and a coronation! ☺️ The children were mesmerised! I couldn’t have asked for a better Anna or Kristoff, and the character attendant was so kind and helpful - I honestly felt speechless, it was just as magical a character experience as you would get at Disney World. Anna and Kristoff never broke character even once and made sure my daughter felt extra looked after by them for her special day! She couldn’t believe it 😂💗 Every detail was perfectly thought of and so professionally carried out. I honestly can’t say enough good things about our experience with Once Upon a Time Parties D.C. All the other parents were so impressed and the children had a blast. Anna was lovely and sweet and had a beautiful voice and Kristoff was so patient and adorable with my little girl, all her dreams came true! 😍✨ We will never ever forget today. I highly recommend booking with OUATP for your next event, it is worth every penny and it is evident they love what they do! Thank you with all my heart for making my daughter’s 4th birthday so magical! 💗❄️

Corrie Donaldson Avatar Corrie Donaldson
January 7, 2023

I first saw OUAT during the pandemic at a playground birthday party. I was so impressed with how magical the party seemed that I started following the company, waiting for the day my daughter had a favorite princess. We've taken her to Disney and she was excited to see the actresses there and that's when she made it clear that her favorite Disney princess was Ariel, who wasn't there. I contacted Alexa right away to start planning for my daughter's birthday, months away. Alexa was prompt and professional and sent me the paperwork immediately. She answered all my questions in a timely manner and worked with me while I figured out whether I wanted photography or not. She was very patient and understanding with my last minute change. August 28th was my daughter's birthday party, and OUAT and Ariel went above and beyond anything I could have ever expected. All my party guests were so impressed with the professionalism and the actresses ability to provide a magical experience for the children. She played with the children and interacted in a way I haven't experienced at Disney or at certain competitor functions. My oldest sister had tears in her eyes because OUAT brought Disney to life. My best friend from childhood remarked that she felt like a little girl again and this is the party she always wanted as a child. The children were ecstatic to play with Ariel and flounder. It was the best experience and a perfect touch to the party. Thank you so much to the OUAT crew and Alexa for making my daughter's third birthday so memorable and magical.

Manal White Avatar Manal White
January 7, 2023

Alexa and Princess Belle were FABULOUS! They far exceeded my (already high) expectations. Belle stayed in character, had a gorgeous voice, and wowed the kisd (and adults). It really felt magical. This made for a truly memorable and wonderful celebration! I would highly recommend Once upon A Time Parties!

Andrea Wolf Avatar Andrea Wolf
January 7, 2023

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Shahrin Karim Avatar Shahrin Karim
January 7, 2023

We had Belle come to celebrate our princess’s 6th birthday with her friends and it was a most magical party! Belle was so professional (she was already in character when I greeted her in the driveway and stayed in character seamlessly through the whole party.). She was so kind to all of the children at the party, introducing herself, asking their names and greeting each with a hug. She made the birthday girl feel extra special (dancing with her during the dancing time, etc) but she also made sure to make it special and magical for all of the children! The girls loved story time, singing, dancing, the craft, a mini “makeover” and even learning some French! When some of the kids got distracted during the party (they found a toad in the grass) she rolled with it, putting Chip aside and picking up the toad for everyone to see before releasing it and continuing on with the agenda of the party. Oh, and also, her costume was exquisite! Cannot recommend Once Upon A Time Parties enough! If you’re looking for a magical birthday experience for your child, this is it! ✨

Kelly Barry Avatar Kelly Barry
January 7, 2023

I could not speak more highly of Alexa and her company! She was professional and responsive from the moment I inquired about having her come to my daughter's birthday party and clearly walked me through every step of the way. From the moment she arrived to the moment she left, she never broke character once. Moreover, she had all the mannerisms and speech cadence perfectly for her character (Rapunzel), which was truly impressive! She was warm and affectionate with the children, and even more importantly, she was calm and able to redirect the children as needed in an appropriate manner due to their excitement. The party was appropriately paced and there was never any downtime, and when it was almost over, my daughter sensed it and because she had such a good time, she was starting to get sad. A couple of pictures with Rapunzel helped to resolve this along with the promise of a future visit. I would highly recommend her and will use her company again!

John Gabriel Avatar John Gabriel
January 7, 2023

Such a magical experience! Once Upon A Time Parties is the go to company for princess parties. Response to emails was prompt and the performance was high quality- our character performer was so talented! Thanks for making my little girl's birthday so special! Highly recommend!

Dara Wotherspoon Avatar Dara Wotherspoon
January 7, 2023
Once Upon a Time Parties D.C.
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Based on 10 Reviews
Leigh C.
Leigh C.
2024-01-28 16:00:51
Reiterating all said before..Belle (and assistant) were unbelievable. The kids were in awe - her voice, dress - and she was fully engaged and in...
Michael P.
Michael P.
2024-01-21 14:37:31
Had a wonderful princess birthday party with Rapunzel for our 5 year old daughter and friends. She was amazing and everything was top notch - highly recommend!
Scott L.
Scott L.
2024-01-14 08:16:22
Ten out of ten, recommended! Once Upon a Time's princesses compete with the elite. Elsa and Anna made the long journey for my daughter's 5th birthday party....
Nicole U.
Nicole U.
2023-11-12 06:14:38
Elsa came to my daughter's preschool to celebrate her 5th birthday. The performer instantly engaged with the kids and really nailed the character including...
Kelly B.
Kelly B.
2022-07-13 05:47:55
We had Belle come to celebrate our princess's 6th birthday with her friends and it was a most magical party! Belle was so professional (she was already in...
G. O.
G. O.
2021-04-21 07:45:41
I cannot recommend Alexis and her performers enough. This was the most magical experience for my niece's 6th birthday. The performers are all incredibly...
Victoria C.
Victoria C.
2020-01-21 06:30:59
The Once Upon a Party team was amazing. We could not recommend them highly enough. We hired them for our twin daughters' 7th birthday party. The OUTP team...
Maryam T.
Maryam T.
2019-09-22 16:46:10
I cannot say enough positive things about Once Upon a Time Parties. I sent in a last-minute booking request and they were able to accommodate us making my...

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We do not offer any licensed or copyrighted characters. It is not the intention of Once Upon a Time Parties D.C. to violate any copyright laws. Our characters are based on fairytales in the public domain. We only accept bookings from clients who understand we do not offer any licensed characters.