Disney Princess is a media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company. Created by Disney Consumer Products chairman Andy Mooney in the late 1990s, the franchise spotlights a line-up of fictional female heroines who have appeared in various Disney animated feature films. The franchise is currently comprised of eleven female protagonists from ten different Walt Disney animated films and one Pixar film who are either royal by birth, royal by marriage or considered a "princess" due to their significant portrayal of heroism in their film. Most of the unofficial Disney Princesses doesn't join the line-up because their merchandise doesn't do well, their movie is a box office flop or they're too young.
The Disney Princesses are featured in various sing-a-long video series released through The Walt Disney Company. In addition, the franchise includes dolls, miniature castles and other toys. The princesses are also featured very prominently at the Disney theme parks.
In early 2000, when Andy Mooney was hired by the Disney consumer-products division to help combat dropping sales, the idea for the Disney Princess franchise was born. Soon after joining Disney, Mooney attended his first "Disney On Ice" show. While waiting in line, he found himself surrounded by young girls dressed as princesses. "They weren’t even Disney products. They were generic princess products," he mused. Soon after realizing the demand, the Disney Princess line was formed.
Despite limited advertising and no focus groups, the various Disney Princess items released became a huge success. Sales at Disney Consumer Products rose from $300 million in 2001 to $3 billion in 2006. Today there are over 25,000 products based on the franchise.
The princesses to be featured in the line were chosen from classic Disney films. The characters were not chosen specifically for their royal titles, but rather for how well they fit into what Disney executives deemed "the Princess mythology". Mulan is an example of this concept; she has no familial ties to royalty, but is still included in the character list. Tinker Bell was once included under the same principle before it was decided she was not suited for the "mythology". Recently though, Tinker Bell has starred in her own Disney franchise, Disney Fairies. Other fairies were created specifically for the franchise. The line began with a book series by Gail Carson Levine, and has since spawned toys, direct-to-video movies and other products based on the characters. However, the franchise may have began much earlier, perhaps in the mid-to-late 1990s, where all of the Princesses up to Pocahontas were already included (Mulan would be added much later). Also, at one point Esmeralda and Jane Porter were both considered to be included in the line-up, but were never realized.
The characters themselves, despite appearing in separate films, have distinct similarities. The princesses show good will towards all creatures, evidenced by the common ability to communicate with animals. The princesses are known for their inner and outer beauty, as well as having beautiful singing voices, apart from Merida, who only sings a song with her mother when she is little in her film.
Each princess, excluding Merida and Elsa, has a romance that is resolved by the end of her debut film; the male counterparts known as Disney Princes. These charismatic girls carry a similar personality in their eras, in the beginning with the first three (Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora), their characteristics were well known as classy, graceful and romantic daydreamers, who suffered from the actions caused by others. They held an inner strength through compassion, love, kindness and, particularly with Snow White, a strong sense of resilience.
After the Renaissance Era, these popular heroines became more active than reactive with Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan. Their characteristics were known to be strong-willed, adventurous, feisty, cunning and determined. As well their goals focused more on adventure and freedom than love, and these girls were more fighters for their dreams than the first three. They also existed in worlds which were more self-aware of the traditional and changing role of women; particularly Ariel, with her villainess assuring her that women on land should keep silent, Belle, with her villain assuring her that "it's not right for a woman to read", and Mulan, with her peers extolling masculine traits in addition to those of the ideal wife. The latest ones - Tiana and Rapunzel - are in the modern era; Tiana, an original character, is much more a realist than the others, she doesn't want magic to make a dream come true but with only hard work, whereas Rapunzel is much more like the idealistic ones than Tiana.
Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa are born of royal heritage as daughters of kings and queens. Pocahontas can be considered as being of royal heritage, as she is the daughter of a chief and considered Native American royalty by the English. Cinderella, Belle, Mulan and Tiana become royalty by marriage.
The character of Snow White first originated in 1937 from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Schneewittchen" about a beautiful German princess with a jealous stepmother. Walt Disney turned this classic fairy tale into his very first animated feature film. Her true love is Prince Ferdinand, who breaks her sleeping death 'slumber' (caused by the Evil Queen) with love's first kiss. She befriends the seven dwarfs during her stay at their cottage. At 14, she's the youngest of the princesses and is considered to be the leader of the Disney Princesses.
The best-known version of Cinderella is the fairy tale "Cendrillon" by Charles Perrault in 1697. In 1950, it was turned into an animated feature-length film by Walt Disney. Cinderella Tremaine is the second eldest of all the Disney Princesses. She is 19 years of age during the events of the film. Her stepmother turned her into the family's sole servant after the death of her father. With magical help from her Fairy Godmother, she attends a royal ball and meets the prince of her kingdom, and eventually marries him, thus freeing her from her life of servitude.
Best known as the heroine of the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty which is very loosely based on Charles Perrault's "La Belle au Bois Dormant". Although her dress changes from blue to pink thanks to disagreement between two of her guardians, Merryweather and Flora, outside the film she is most commonly seen wearing pink. She was cursed at birth to die before the sun sets on her 16th birthday by the evil fairy Maleficent. One of the three good fairies, Merryweather, was able to weaken the curse by changing death to a deep slumber that could only be awakened by true love's kiss. By falling in love with Prince Phillip, the prince of a neighboring kingdom--and unknown to either of them, her betrothed) she was freed from the curse. Aurora is shown to be one of the taller princesses in the franchise.
The heroine of the 1989 film, loosely based on the Danish fairy tale "Den Lille Havfrue" by Hans Christian Andersen, and the daughter of King Triton, ruler of the sea, 16-year old mermaid Ariel falls in love with a dashing human prince named Eric, an extension of her fascination with all things from the surface world. Her dream of life on land makes her vulnerable to Ursula's offer as her only chance to be with Eric. Ursula persuades her to trade her voice to the sea witch (who was supposed to be her aunt in the uncut version of the film), in order to become a human and be with him forever. However, Ursula cunningly tricks her.
Hans Christian Andersen's original character dissolves into foam on the sea after the prince marries someone else, but through an act of compassion is transformed into a spirit of the air. Co-director Ron Clements felt the story was too tragic and changed the original character from the tragic but hopeful heroine, to the brave and resourceful Ariel.
The French commoner who is the heroine of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, is loosely based on the French fairy tale "La Belle et la Bête" abridged from the version by Madame Jeanne-Marie le Prince de Beaumont. The name Belle translates from the French word for "beauty". She selflessly trades her freedom for that of her father in a bargains with the Beast and becomes his prisoner/guest. She soon learns to see the good hidden behind his hideous appearance and rough manner eventually falling in love with him over time. By confessing her love at the end of the movie she breaks the spell placed on him by an evil fairy. The Beast and all his household are restored to their human forms and Belle becomes his princess. It should be noted that Belle is never seen to marry her Beast/Prince so her princesshood may be only honorary. Belle's prince (the Beast) is named Adam.
The spunky, independent Arabian Princess of Agrabah, who dreams of seeing what's beyond her palace and be freed from her father's constant pestering of arranged royal marriage. She falls in love with the title character in 1992's Aladdin, whom she eventually marries.
She is loosely based on Princess Badroulbadour (Arabic بدر البدور, badru l-budūr, "full moon of full moons") featured in the story of "Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp" from "One Thousand and One Nights" of Scheherazade. Interestingly, the original story took place in China and not the Middle East.
Disney's Pocahontas is loosely based on the real-life Native American "princess" of the Powhatan tribe (a name also borne by her father, the chief). Her real name was Matoaka, since Pocahontas was her nickname and meant 'Playful One'. She falls in love with a man named John Smith, who helps her prevent a war from commencing between their people. At the end of the film, John is wounded and sent back to London for treatment.
Fa Mulan is a brave Chinese heroine who dresses up like a soldier and goes to war in place of her crippled father, risking death and dishonor.
She is loosely based on the heroine from the well-known ancient Chinese poem "The Ballad of Mulan" (木蘭詩). She is the only Disney Princess who is not royal by blood or marriage and is literally not one. However, she has the honor of a princess because she achieved honor from the Emperor himself by saving China. During her stay in the army, she falls in love with the captain, Li Shang, whom she starts dating by the end of the film.
Partly inspired from E.D Baker's 2002 novel The Frog Princess, and the original fairy tale "The Frog Prince". Tiana is the heroine of the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog and is the first Princess of African American descent. She dreams of opening her own restaurant through hard work. By kissing Prince Naveen in frog form, she is turned into a frog (because the magic can only be broken by a princess) and they are forced to set on a journey to find a way to undo the magic. Eventually, she finds herself falling for the handsome, but spoiled prince and willingly gives up her personal wants to be with him. By marrying the prince, Tiana becomes a real princess and so breaks the spell with a kiss. They finally open their own restaurant at the end of the film.
She is the first and currently only princess who's story was inspired by an original fairy tale, a literature novel and a real life person.
The heroine from the animated feature Tangled is loosely based on the German title character from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Rapunzel". Her long hair, which is said to measure 70 feet in length, not only has magical healing powers, but can be used as a weapon. Given the power by a magic golden flower, Mother Gothel kidnaps her as an infant to use her power to keep herself young. 18 years later, Rapunzel sneaks away from her tower with a thief, Flynn Rider, and sets on her own journey to find the flying lanterns that float into the sky every year on her birthday. To free her from Gothel's clutches, Flynn cuts her hair, thus destroying her power, and she is returned to her family. Rapunzel was "officially welcomed into the Disney Princess Royal Court" during a promotional event at Kensington Palace in London on October 2, 2011. Interestingly, even though Rapunzel's long golden hair is cut off in the movie, changing it from blonde to brown, her redesigned image shows it fully restored back to blonde, although somewhat shorter than its original 70-foot length.
Merida is the 16-year old daughter of Queen Elinor, who rules the kingdom alongside her husband, King Fergus. Queen Elinor's expectations and demands of her daughter make Merida see Elinor as being cold, unfeeling and distant causing friction between the two. Despite Elinor's desire to see Merida as a proper royal lady, Merida is an impetuous girl with wild, unruly ginger hair and a passionate desire to take control of her own destiny. Merida has honed her skill with the bow, and is the most skilled archers in her kingdom. She is also well trained in sword-fighting and an expert horsewoman, riding wildly across the countryside on her horse, Angus.
She is the second princess from a Pixar film (the first is Princess Atta from A Bug's Life), the first original princess in the line-up that not inspired by either literature (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) or real-life (Pocahontas, Tiana) works and the first without a love interest. She also never sings a major song, thus breaking away the traditional line-up, though as a child, she sang a small verse of a song in Gaelic, and Merida's rich Scottish brogue makes her the second Disney Princess with an accent other than Standard American.
Future Disney Princesses
Princesses who are expected to join the Disney Princess line-up.
Anna is the Norwegian heroine of the 2013 animated feature Frozen. Anna is loosely based on Gerda, the heroine from the Danish fairy tale "Snedronningen" or "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen.
She is a member of a royal family and the younger sister of Elsa. While Elsa is known to be beautiful, elegant and loved by the townspeople, Anna remains somewhat of a free spirit. Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she’s also the most optimistic and caring person you’ll ever meet. She has a very close relationship with her older sister until this bond is shattered by an accident when they are children. When trying to reconnect with her, Anna messes things up at Elsa's coronation, leading to Elsa revealing her powers over ice and snow and accidentally cursing the kingdom. Anna then embarks on a dangerous journey to set things right. She longs to reconnect with Elsa, as they were close during their childhood.
It has been announced that Anna will join the line-up in 2014, along with her sister Elsa.
Elsa the Snow Queen is one of the main protagonists, alongside Anna, of the 2013 animated feature Frozen and Anna's older sister. She is loosely based on Kai and The Snow Queen from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen". She is the first Disney Princess to be considered an anti-heroine.
She was the crown princess of Arendelle, and was crowned Queen until her powers over ice were exposed, causing her to flee and become the feared Snow Queen. However, the bond between her and her sister warms her frozen heart, allowing her to use her magic for the greater good. Elsa is the eldest of the Disney Princessess. She is 21 years of age during the film.
It has been announced that Elsa will join the line-up in 2014, along with her sister. Elsa will be the first official Disney Princess to have become a queen in her main feature film. She also will be the second princess without a love interest, after Merida.
Other Disney characters have guest starred alongside the eleven above princesses in various Disney Princess products.
- Princess Collection 2: Songs by Maid Marian, Nala and Megara are included.
- Disney Princess Sing Along Songs - Once Upon a Dream: Sing along segments by Princess Minnie Mouse, Megara, and Ting-Ting, Su and Mei are included.
- Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea Party: Sing along segments by Alice, Maid Marian and Melody are included.
- Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly Princess: Sing along segments by Alice and Melody are included.
- Once Upon A Princess: Volume 1: A story book segment by Esmeralda is included.
- Disney Princess: "It's not Just Make Believe" Music Video: Alice and Melody are included.
- Disney Princess Dolls: Esmerelda, Tinker Bell and Megara are included.
- Disney Princess Magazines: Esmeralda, Alice and Jane Porter appeared in magazines, and in the case of Jane, she came to be presented as a new princess for the franchise in one of the magazines.
- My Princess Collection (books collection): Dot, Jessie, Alice and Kida are included.
- Disney Princess: Journey to London: Megara and Esmeralda are included.
Disney heroines and actual Princesses who are not part of official Disney Princess franchise. Heroines with their name in boldface have appeared in some official Disney Princess products.
Animated Shorts and Feature Films
- Minnie Mouse
- Daisy Duck (Daisy Duck has portrayed a princess)
- Faline (Bambi)
- Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
- Wendy Darling (Peter Pan)
- Tinker Bell (Peter Pan) (She is part of the Disney Fairies franchise)
- Shanti (The Jungle Book)
- Maid Marian (Robin Hood)
- Eilonwy (The Black Cauldron)
- Nala (The Lion King)
- Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
- Megara (Hercules)
- Jane Porter (Tarzan)
- Kida (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
- Vanellope von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)
- Kiara (The Lion King II: Simba's Pride)
- Melody (The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea)
- Ting-Ting, Su and Mei (Mulan II)
Kingdom Hearts series
In the games, five of the official princesses are part of the Seven Princesses of Heart (セブンプリンセス Sebun Purinsesu), a group of maidens with hearts of pure Light, devoid of Darkness, and were created when the X-blade was split into seven pieces of light and thirteen of darkness. They are referred to this name because they allow access to the Door to Darkness when gathered together, and whoever gathers them will gain the power to rule over the worlds. The members in this incarnation are:
- Snow White
Mickey’s Pirate and Princess Party
Begining on January 22, 2007, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World hosted their newest hard ticket (separate admission) event, "Disney’s Pirate and Princess Party", renamed "Mickey’s Pirate and Princess Party" in 2008. The event combines the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction and movie series and the Disney Princess line, and cosplaying as both pirates and royalty is encouraged. Visitors can have meet and greets with characters from both franchises, as well as the other classic characters dressed as buccaneers and royals, and take part in various activities. Other features include the "Disney’s Enchanted Adventures Parade" and the "Magic, Music and Mayhem" fireworks spectacular. Because the event has become so popular, Pirate and Princess events has become an annual hard-ticket staple with dates into August and September of 2007 and January through June of 2008.
Currently 10 of the 11 Princesses have 1 or more Pets.
- The ages of the Princesses are somewhat ambiguous, save for a few canon remarks by their film's makers (although a few get their age addressed in-universe).
- For now, their ages rank as follows: Snow White's 14, making her the youngest of the Disney Princesses. Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and Merida are 16. Belle's 17. Pocahontas, Rapunzel and Anna are 18. Cinderella and Tiana are 19. Elsa, at 21, surpasses Cinderella as the oldest of the Disney Princesses.
- In their redesigns, they're made to look roughly the same age.
- For now, their ages rank as follows: Snow White's 14, making her the youngest of the Disney Princesses. Aurora, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan and Merida are 16. Belle's 17. Pocahontas, Rapunzel and Anna are 18. Cinderella and Tiana are 19. Elsa, at 21, surpasses Cinderella as the oldest of the Disney Princesses.
- So far, only four of the Disney Princesses are commoners: Cinderella, Belle, Mulan and Tiana.
- The three Disney Princesses that became royalty by marriage (Cinderella, Belle and Tiana) all wore opera gloves and are the only Princesses to have done so.
- Pocahontas and Mulan are included in the Princess line-up because of their high social status (Pocahontas is the daughter of the tribe's leader and is graced while Mulan saved China and her father seems to be a wealthy man, having a large lot, making her of a high social status) and significant acts of heroism in their films.
- Kida from the film Atlantis, who is the daughter of the emperor of Atlantis, and Eilonwy from The Black Cauldron are the only actual born Princesses not to be officially part of the Disney Princess line.
- Aurora, Jasmine, Rapunzel and Merida are the only Princesses to celebrate their birthdays in their respective films.
- Snow White is the only Disney Princess with naturally short hair, all the rest have either long or shoulder-length hair, some of which are sometimes tied in a bun. Mulan had to cut hers shorter to be a soldier and Rapunzel had her hair cut off which changed it to brown by Eugene.
- The Princesses made their LEGO Duplo debut in 2012 and also appear in 2013 sets.
- Only five of the official Princesses are Princesses of Heart (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle and Jasmine) in the Kingdom Hearts series.
- Though Ariel and Mulan appear in Kingdom Hearts, they aren't Princesses of Heart, but two of the player's allies. Pocahontas, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa have not been featured in any of the latest Kingdom Hearts games yet.
- Cinderella, Pocahontas, Anna and Elsa are the only Disney Princesses that didn't have their antagonists killed in their movies. Although Jafar does not die at the end of the first Aladdin, he does at the end of The Return of Jafar.
- Snow White, Tiana, Merida, Anna and Elsa are the only Disney Princesses that don't have sequels to their movies.
- Out of all 13 Disney Princesses, seven were seen wearing tiaras/royal crowns in their films. They are Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida and Elsa. Although in the new promotional photos of the Disney Princess, each Princess is seen wearing a tiara.
- Nine Princesses (Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, Merida, Anna and Elsa) wear outfits with their shoulders visible.
- Mulan and Tiana are the only Princesses to kill the main antagonist in their respective films; all other villains either did not die or were killed either by accident or by the Princesses' allies.
- Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel are the only Princesses to get their names from their original stories.
- Snow White, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa are the only orphaned Princesses.
- However, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses whose parents had died during their teen years, not through early childhood (Anna was 15 and Elsa was 18 when their parents died).
- Five of the Princesses have black hair and brown eyes (Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana), though their eyes are in different shades of brown. Snow White's the only Caucasian Princess with black hair and brown eyes. Cinderella, Ariel, Merida, Anna and Elsa have blue eyes, Aurora has violet eyes, Belle has hazel eyes and Rapunzel has green eyes.
- With the exception of Elsa, who has platinum blonde hair, all of the blue-eyed Disney Princesses have red or reddish hair (Ariel and Merida are the only true redheads while Cinderella and Anna are strawberry-blondes).
- Even though Rapunzel is the first among the Disney Princesses to have green eyes, she's the second Disney Heroine after Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Aurora and Elsa are the only true blonde Disney Princesses. Cinderella and Anna have strawberry-blonde hair while Rapunzel's a blonde by the sun's magic, but is a natural brunette by genetics. Elsa's also the only blonde-haired, blue-eyed Disney Princess.
- However, taking into consideration that Elsa's hair is fair because of her ice powers as implied by the accident with Anna, if she never had her powers, her hair probably would've been either brown like her mother or strawberry-blonde like her father and sister. Although in some concept art her mother's hair is blonde.
- Also, Aurora's golden hair color is possibly due to the Gift of Beauty, rather than genetics. Aurora's father has black hair and her mother has dark blonde hair, so it's unknown whether Aurora's original hair color was a shade of blonde.
- Belle and Rapunzel (after her hair was cut), the only brunettes, have a green-related eye color--Belle has hazel eyes, and Rapunzel has green eyes.
- Snow White, Belle, Pocahontas, Tiana and Anna are the only Disney Princesses to have a hair color darker than their prince's.
- Pocahontas and Merida are currently the only Princesses to not originate from the traditional fairy tales.
- Pocahontas and Mulan are the least popular Princesses in the official line-up since they rarely appear in any merchandise, let alone several group shots.
- They are also the only Disney Princesses to be based off actual historical figures.
- All of the Princesses have at least one animal or non-human sidekick:
- Snow White has various forest animals.
- Cinderella has various mice (including Jaq and Gus) and birds, as well as Major the horse and Bruno the bloodhound.
- Aurora has her fairies, birds and squirrels.
- Ariel has Flounder the fish, Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull.
- Belle has Philippe the horse, and the Enchanted Objects (Lumiere, Coggsworth, etc)
- Jasmine has Rajah the tiger.
- Pocahontas has Meeko the raccoon, Flit the hummingbird and eventually Percy the pug (originally owned by Governor Ratcliffe).
- Mulan has Mushu the dragon (who would turn Hayabusa to their side later in the film), Cri-Kee the cricket, Khan the horse and Little Brother the dog.
- Tiana has Louis the alligator and Ray the firefly (in all appearances after the film's events, she now only has the former, as the latter is now already dead).
- Rapunzel has Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse.
- Merida has her pet horse Angus and her triplet brothers in the form of bear cubs.
- Anna and Elsa both have Olaf the Snowman, while Anna also has Sven the Reindeer and Elsa also has Marshmallow the Snowman.
- At least one horse has appeared in each one of their films. But only 9 of them are horsewomen.
- Snow White: She rides The Prince's horse when she is traveling to his castle.
- Cinderella: She rides her horse along with Prince Charming in the third movie, as well as Major.
- Ariel: She asks to ride the carriage to Eric.
- Belle: Rides her father's horse Phillipe to and from the Beast's castle.
- Jasmine: She rides and tames Sahara, her mother's favorite horse.
- Mulan: She rides her family's horse Khan.
- Rapunzel: She is able to tame Maximus, assuming she also rides him.
- Merida: Rides her horse Angus several times in her film.
- Anna has her horse but it's name is unknown that she rides to find Elsa but then throws her off and runs away and returns to Arendelle.
- None of the Princesses from different movies ever make eye contact with each other whenever they are seen together. However, this is because all the images with the Princesses together are for promotional purposes, and there has yet to be an animated show or movie where any of them interact with each other. Yet at some point, they interacted in House of Mouse. It may be possible that Rapunzel and Anna made contact since Rapunzel made a cameo in Frozen.
- The Disney Princesses created after Mulan did not appear in House of Mouse, since they were created after that show ended in 2003.
- Anna and Elsa are the obvious exception, coming from the same movie (and the fact that they're sisters).
- Five out of the 13 Disney Princesses have danced with their respective love interest, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle and Tiana. Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Rapunzel and Anna did not. The Kingdom Dance doesn't count as a dance between Rapunzel and Eugene for they only end up with each other at the dance's end.
- Anna doesn't count when she dances with Hans in "Love is and Open Door" since he never actually loved Anna and wasn't her official love interest.
- Some of the Disney Princesses have appeared in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, with the series centering on Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White who has to break a curse. The ABC Studios is owned by Disney and therefore, they have rights to the Princesses. Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Mulan and Rapunzel have appeared so far. Jasmine, Pocahontas, Tiana, Anna and Elsa have yet to be featured. 3 of the Princesses (Snow White, Cinderella and Belle) are all associated with Red Riding Hood in Storybrooke with their Storybrooke counterparts, respectively.
- Some of the Princesses meet each other in Once Upon a Time:
- Snow White met Cinderella, Aurora, Mulan, Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel.
- Cinderella met Snow White.
- Aurora met Snow White and Mulan.
- Ariel met Snow White and Belle.
- Belle met Snow White, Mulan and Ariel.
- Mulan met Aurora, Snow White and Belle.
- Rapunzel met Snow White.
- Some of the Princesses meet each other in Once Upon a Time:
- The first eight Princesses were once represented as elements on a periodic table at a candy store at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL.
- Snow White: S
- Cinderella: C
- Aurora: Au
- Ariel: Ai
- Belle: B
- Jasmine: J
- Pocahontas: P
- Mulan: Ml
- Jasmine and Elsa are the only Disney Princesses to be deuteragonists rather than protagonists. Belle and Prince Adam are the co-protagonists (the first to have equally significant roles). Aurora's protagonism is debatable, since Sleeping Beauty was intended to be told from the fairies' point of view.
- Unless there was an official coronation in the film, proclaiming the Princess as a queen and not an official Princess in the film. However, Elsa will be the first queen in the official line-up.
- Some of the recent Disney Princess home releases may ironically contain previews for Disney films outside the franchise containing Princesses: The Princess and the Frog contained a preview for a Black Cauldron DVD re-release, and the Blu-ray release of Mulan contains a preview for an Atlantis Blu-ray release.
- The Princess line may have began as early as the mid-to-late 1990s, following the releases of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. The first line-up actually featured Tinker Bell as an official Princess, but was eventually dropped, and Mulan and Esmeralda were eventually added later by the year 1999. In 2000, Jane Porter was suggested, but never incorporated, and in 2004 Esmeralda was removed from the line-up.
- The Disney Princess logo is a sparkly pink oval containing the brand name with a tiara on it. Most non-Princess Disney franchises use a blue oval with the word "Disney" on it. Aladdin's marketing logo is different, it is colored purple instead of blue, since pink mixed with blue makes purple.
- Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa were not featured in the Golden Disney Princess franchise. Although, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida were featured in the Jeweled Disney Princess Franchise.
- The Princesses' designs changed over the years. Originally they simply wore their plain outfits, then they were redesigned each with new poses and a tiara. Notably Aurora, Tiana and Rapunzel's tiaras remain as they were originally designed with the addition of more jewels. Later the crowns were modified to match the dresses with capes and jewels added. As time passed the gowns grew more gaudy, recolored gold (Ariel was sometimes shown with a gold tail.), and drawn with sparkles, metallic finishes, and now with more modernized fashions. Also, during holidays, their dresses change into the holiday's theme. The changes have been met with some strong criticisms from fans.
- The Disney Princesses that are usually paired or seen next to each other in promotional photos are:
- Snow White and Cinderella.
- Ariel and Jasmine.
- Belle and Aurora.
- Pocahontas and Mulan.
- Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.
- Anna and Elsa.
- Each of the Princesses have experienced magic in their life:
- Snow White was poisoned by the Queen's dark magic.
- Cinderella was able to go to the ball thanks to her Fairy Godmother.
- Maleficent cast a spell on the spindle to put Aurora to sleep, and Flora, Fauna and Merryweather used magic on her outfit (tiara and ball gown).
- Ariel was changed into a human, both using Ursula's temporary dark magic and King Triton's good magic.
- Belle broke the spell upon the Beast by saying that she loves him.
- Genie and Jafar have cast spells on Jasmine.
- Pocahontas can talk to grandmother Willow and has the power to command the winds.
- Mushu being assigned by Mulan's ghost ancestors as her guardian.
- Tiana being changed into a frog by Doctor Facilier.
- Rapunzel's hair and its ability to heal sicknesses and injuries and bring back youth.
- Merida went to a witch's house to get a potion in order for her to "change her fate" and her mom and three brothers turn into bears.
- Anna accidentally being frozen by Elsa when they were little girls, which ultimately prompts her to go find her when Elsa runs away after accidentally freezing the kingdom on her coronation day and later accidentally being frozen by Elsa again while in her ice castle.
- Elsa discovering that she has had ice powers since childhood and isolating herself from society due to her fearing that she cannot control her powers and hurt anyone near her for this reason due to the above.
- Several Princesses have had their dresses changed using magic:
- Cinderella had her Fairy Godmother create her ball gown.
- Aurora's dress was made with magic, and changed color various times throughout the movie by Flora and Merryweather, due to their disagreement of color.
- Triton gave Ariel a sparkly dress when he turned her into a human.
- Jasmine had her clothes changed into red slave clothing by Jafar.
- Tiana gained a magical green wedding dress upon becoming a princess (and upon becoming human again).
- Elsa changed her own ceremonial dress into her signature ice dress with her own magic.
- There was actually a ripoff of Disney Princess by infamous Brazilian animation studio Video Briquendo called Little Princess School, featuring Cindy (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White, "bianca" is Italian for "white"), Hime (hybrid of Ariel and Mulan and possibly Megara; "hime" is Japanese for "princess"), Iria (Tiana) and Zade (Jasmine).
- The book The Art of the Disney Princess features the Princesses being drawn using different art styles.
- Some fanart also depict the Princesses in a stylized and sometimes seductive manner: for example, Jefftoons depicts the Princesses in a darker and edgier art style, and steevinlove depicts them in more revealing clothing.
- Even though new, Rapunzel, Tiana and Merida gained more attention and popularity than Mulan and Pocahontas.
- Each Princess has worn a hair accessory.
- Tiana, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses whose hair is never seen loose throughout their films, with maybe the exception of Anna's messy bedhead.
- Five of the Disney Princesses have run from their respective love interests upon first meeting (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel and Pocahontas). Rapunzel knocked out her love interest, hid him and tied him up.
- In the franchise: Cinderella, Aurora and Belle wear ball gowns. Ariel wears a bouffant gown. Snow White and Merida wear their court dresses. Jasmine wears casual attire. Tiana is shown in her wedding gown. Rapunzel and Aurora spend part of their films in peasant dress. Pocahontas and Mulan are seen in the ethnic wear of their respective communities.
- Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, as Native American and Chinese ethnicities, wear clothing and underpinnings appropriate to their time and place. Tiana and Elsa do not wear underdresses. Ariel as a human does.
- Cinderella, Mulan and Merida are shown in their undergarments at one point in their films. Cinderella's case was in the 2002 sequel, when Prudence, Beatrice and Daphne try to fit on a princess gown on her in the film's first segment "Aim To Please".
- Except for Ariel and Pocahontas, each Princess is seen doing chores or servant work.
- Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Mulan all have an after-story about their adventures after marriage with their love interests.
- Disney did not come up with its own definition of "princess" until 1986, explaining why Disney has a limit to how many Princesses that will be in the official line-up.
- Starting in January 2013, the Princesses, including Mulan and Pocahontas, were franchised in their redesigns. Also, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida were placed at the center of the photos.
- Most of the Disney Princesses who had a female villain in their original film never had an experience with a male villain in any of their sequels, the same applies to all the Disney Princesses who only had a male villain in their original film. The exceptions are Ariel and Jasmine since they are both stars of animated series. As such they faced several villains both male and female.
- In various group shots of the Disney Princesses positioning changes according to the current popularity of the chargers. Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and especially Elsa are gradually moving toward the center, bypassing Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Aurora, while Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan are gradually moving toward either end.
- Several of the Disney Princesses are animated by the same person. Marc Davis animated Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora, Glen Keane animated Ariel, Pocahontas and Rapunzel and Mark Henn animated Belle, Jasmine, Mulan and Tiana.
- The music for five of the Disney Princess films was composed by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and Tangled respectively).
- All the Disney Princesses are the main characters of at least one book or short story.
- The princesses also appear to be placed in four categories:
- Classic (Storybook): Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora.
- Rebellious: Ariel, Belle and Jasmine.
- Ethnic: Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana.
- CGI: Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa.
- Alternatively, the Princesses may fall into three categories based on their eras:
- Walt Era (Golden Age/Classic Era) (1937-1967): Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora.
- Rennaissance Era (1989-1999): Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan.
- Millenium Era (Revival Rennaissance Era) (2009-): Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa.
- There are no Princesses created during Disney's Dark Age (1967-1988) or even the 2000-2006 period.
- The four CGI Princesses' films are all rated PG, while all of the cel-animated Princesses up to Tiana were rated G, despite The Black Cauldron and Atlantis, also cel-animated films being PG-rated as well.
- Each of the Princesses have a signature color based on their outfits:
- Snow White: red (due to her blood-red lips and despite her blue-and-yellow dress)
- Cinderella: blue (despite her dress being silver in the film)
- Aurora: pink (although her dress is blue throughout most of the time it is seen)
- Ariel: aqua (as a mermaid, salmon as a human)
- Belle: yellow (and ocassionally blue)
- Jasmine: light blue (and occasionally purple)
- Pocahontas: orange (although her dress is yellow)
- Mulan: chartreuse (and occasionally pink)
- Tiana: green (and occasionally blue)
- Rapunzel: purple
- Merida: teal
- Anna: olive and magenta
- Elsa: cyan and white
- Each of the Princesses' original movies are set in each one season:
- Snow White: Summer.
- Cinderella: Possibly summer.
- Aurora: Spring.
- Ariel: Summer.
- Belle: Winter.
- Jasmine: Dry season (since her kingdom had only 2 seasons).
- Pocahontas: Summer.
- Mulan: Spring (though it might have expanded into other seasons when they fight the Huns, it's probably winter).
- Tiana: Late winter (due to the fact that most of the movie's setting takes place around Mardi Gras).
- Rapunzel: Summer.
- Merida: Summer.
- Anna and Elsa: Summer ("winter" doesn't count because the movie took place in July, and Elsa had accidentally set off an eternal winter until she lifted it).
- The four CGI Princesses all appear to have a seasonal motif: Rapunzel: summer, Merida: autumn, Anna: spring, and Elsa: winter.
- In early promotions of the redesigns, Ariel's dress was pink instead of green, and Mulan's dress was more reddish with sparkles, and Pocahontas remained the same. Cinderella was the only Princess with more than one photo of her in her redesign. Jasmine's top is ripped instead of the redesigned top. Aurora had a long sash on her hips instead of the triangular cutouts.
- This year (2014), the last film in the franchise (Frozen) has been released on Blu-ray. Sleeping Beauty was released in 2008. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released 2009. Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and the Frog were released in 2010. Tangled was released in 2011. Cinderella, Pocahontas and Brave were released in in 2012. The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Mulan were released in 2013.
- Each Disney Princess have been in life or death situations, either mentally or physically. Though out of the 13 Princesses Belle and Merida one would say experienced the most gruesome situation; being eaten alive by a pack of wolves and a huge black bear respectively.
- Of of all 13 Princesses, only 4 were present in row Fairy Tale Princess Collector from Barbie doll, released in the 90s. They were Snow White (1999), Cinderella (1997), Aurora (1998) and Belle (2000). Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan were not present, though their films were already released. Tiana's film had not yet been released. The first doll launched in 1995 for the line was Rapunzel, however, was the character of fairy tales instead of the Disney character, since Disney haven't adapt the story that time. Brave had not been released at that time, thus Merida could not appear.
- All 13 Disney Princesses have all twirled around in a full circle either during a song, or at a relatively happy moment for them during their movies. However for a majority of the Disney Princesses those happy moments slowly become sour for they generally receive bad news after or something bad happens to them. For example Aurora spins around and is then told she needs to leave the forest and can never see the man she met again, Ariel spins around then her father destroys her entire collection of human objects, Jasmine spins around telling her father she is so happy, then he tells her she must wed Jafar, Cinderella spins around and then is locked in her room by Lady Tremaine. In addition Cinderella has the most amount of twirls at about nine alone in her original movie!
- With the exception of Cinderella, Ariel and Jasmine, all of the Disney Princesses with love interests were scared of their love interests at first.
- With the exceptions of Snow White and Tiana, all the Disney Princesses had either uncomfortable adolescent conversations or arguments with their parental authority figures which led to turning points in their lives. A few examples would be Triton whose argument with Ariel and eventual destruction of her collection, drove her to Ursula and becoming a human; Jasmine's conversation with the Sultan about getting married led her to run away; Aurora learning about her pricesshood and betrothal from the Three Good Fairies led her to falling under Maleficent's spell and eventual encounter withe the spinning wheel; Rapunzel belittling and orders not to leave the tower by Gothel leading Rapunzel to Flynn and her further adventures; Merida's and her mother's heated argument resulting in near tragedy; and Anna and Elsa's argument led to Elsa accidentally revealing her powers causing her to flee and accidentally curse Arendelle into eternal winter which leads Anna to go after her.
- None of the Princesses ever have the opportunity to care for their own subjects or be involved in politics in their respective kingdoms, until--presumably--they become queens. This is likely because they are all very young at the time of their stories and are not suffiently educated to take on royal duties. In several cases, they are either not yet royal (Cinderella, Belle) have been kidnapped and/or raised elsewhere (Aurora), or other wise usurped (Rapunzel), are the youngest of other siblings who presumably would be closer in line to the throne (Ariel) or are never real princesses at all (Mulan). This does not mean that they do not become involved later when they assume their duties for real:
- Cinderella has planned several events in Cinderella II which include her subjects. In fact she makes sure that all the commoners in her kingdom get treated equally.
- Aurora is seen signing papers, taking care of her subjects' needs for her father, King Stefan, in her sequel.
- Ariel has the respect of the her subjects as she was able to stop them from fighting when they were under the influence of the Evil Manta. She was also able to cast the Manta out of Atlantica with the help of her subjects.
- Jasmine realized Agrabah had poor people and did her best to take care of them. She also risked her own life for her subjects in the episode The Etheral.
- Pocahontas risked her own life to save John Smith and to stop a war between the settlers and the Native Americans.
- Mulan is serving her country as a warrior or at least reserve or guard as seen in the second movie and was also offered a place in the Imperial Council.
- Merida is seen trying to stop a war from breaking out in a peaceful manner.
- Anna goes on a journey to save Elsa and free her kingdom (and by default her subjects) from the eternal winter.
- Most of the Princesses have received their facial characteristics from their mothers:
- Snow White: Hair (Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Cinderella: Hair (Neither), Eyes (Mother), Facial Structure (Mother & Father).
- Aurora: Hair (Mother & the Gift of Beauty), Eyes (The Gift of Beauty), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Ariel: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Belle: Hair (Father), Eyes (Neither), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Jasmine: Hair (Mother), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Pocahontas: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Mulan: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Neither).
- Tiana: Hair (Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother & Father), Facial Structure (Mother & Father).
- Rapunzel: Hair (From the sun's magic, but naturally Mother & Father), Eyes (Mother), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Merida: Hair (Father), Eyes (Father), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Anna: Hair (Father), Eyes (Mother), Facial Stucture (Mother).
- Elsa: Hair (Neither), Eyes (Mother), Facial Structure (Mother).
- Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida are the only Princesses with the least redesign updates, having only sparkles on their gowns.
- Out of all the Disney Princess, Pocahontas is the only one not to have her mother seen in any form.
- Snow White’s mother – rare stories have an image of her.
- Cinderella’s mother – in art with Cinderella as a child.
- Aurora’s mother – seen in the feature film, short features and a few stories.
- Ariel’s mother – seen in the third Little Mermaid movie.
- Belle’s mother – seen in Once upon a Princess Vol. 2 and in a painting image that is featured in Maurice’s Cottage.
- Jasmine’s mother – seen in Once upon a Princess Vol. 1.
- Mulan’s mother – seen in the feature film and the sequel.
- Tiana’s mother – seen in the feature film and short stories.
- Rapunzel’s mother – seen in feature film and sequel.
- Merida’s mother – seen in feature film.
- Anna and Elsa's mother - seen in the feature film.
- Out of all 13 Princesses, only Aurora, Mulan, Rapunzel and Merida have both their parents alive. Snow White, Cinderella, Anna and Elsa are orphaned. Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Pocahontas have only their fathers alive, while Tiana is the only one who has only her mother alive. Cinderella, Jasmine and Pocahontas have mentioned their mothers at one point in their respective films.
- Six of the fathers of Disney Princesses were widowers: the fathers of Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Pocahontas. Snow White and Cinderella's fathers were widowers before they themselves passed away, leaving their daughters under the guardianship of their stepmothers.
- All the other fathers of Disney Princesses were still married. Tiana's the only Disney Princess to have her mom alive but her father dead, as he presumably passed away in World War I.
- Cinderella and Mulan are the only Disney Princesses who each have a last name.
- Though not a Princess, Esmeralda is featured in Once upon a Princess Vol. 1.
- Some of the Princesses would occasionally be seen promoting holidays other than Christmas, like Jasmine for Idul Fitri, Mulan for Chinese New Year, Tiana for Mardi Gras, Merida for St. Patrick's Day, Pocahontas for Thanksgiving, and Anna and Elsa for St. Lucia's Day. For some reason, Jasmine can occasionally be seen celebrating Christmas despite being a Muslim.
- With the exception of Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan, all the Disney Princesses are presumably Christian.
- Jasmine's a Muslim.
- Pocahontas follows a Native American religion (although in real life, she eventually converted to Christianity and took the Christian name Rebecca).
- Mulan's family follows a Chinese religion that involves ancestor worship.
- Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses to have a change of title in their film from their fairy tale, which is a modern day fashion. As for Merida, the original title for her film was The Bear and the Bow.
- Each Princess is represented by one or more objects:
- Snow White – red apple, blue bird, white dove
- Cinderella – glass slipper, pumpkin, midnight
- Aurora – golden tiara, spindle, spinning wheel, pink rose
- Ariel – dinglehopper, seashell, trident
- Belle – book, red rose, hair accessory
- Jasmine – the lamp, white flower, tiger
- Pocahontas – her mother’s necklace, a feather, John Smith's compass
- Mulan – peach blossom, a fan, sword
- Tiana – her father’s gumbo pot, lily pad flower, frog
- Rapunzel – sun, lantern, paintbrush, the golden flower
- Merida – bow/arrow, bear, will-o-wisp, bear pendant
- Anna - magenta flower (like the ones on her blue dress), reindeer
- Elsa - snowflake, snowman
- Disney Princess made a commercial as a tribute to young girls around the world. The video can be seen here.
- The first six Princesses have home releases in the form of "Disney Vault" limited time only editions.
- Except for Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Merida, Anna and Elsa, each Princess has a movie narration at the beginning book.
- Each Princess has shown curiosity at some point in their film.
- In November 1999, Jane Porter was announced as part of the franchise for Disney Princess official magazine of the United Kingdom. In February 2000, she made another appearance in the magazine, then was never talked about in the franchise.
- Even outside of the franchise, Tinker Bell is still present in the toy Princesas Magic Light from Yellow Brinquedos, Brazil.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the only film in the franchise won an honorary Oscar. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and Frozen are the only films in the franchise to win two Oscars (Best Soundtrack, Best Original Song). Brave and Frozen are the only films in the franchise to win an Oscar as Best Animated Feature Film of the Year. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog and Tangled are the only ones to be nominated and not win the award.
- To date, Jasmine and Merida are the only franchise of Princesses who have not earned a doll dressed as a ballerina. Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Pocahontas and Mulan were part of the collection "Disney Princess Ballerina". Tiana was part of the collection "Ballerina Princesses", and Rapunzel was part of the line "Disney Princess Bath Magic". However, there was a photo of the popular eight Disney Princesses depicted as ballerinas.
- Out of all 13 Princesses only half, Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Merida, Anna and Elsa were raised as royalty. However Snow White did do servant work and Cinderella grew up knowing she was the daughter of a nobleman.
- Pocahontas and Merida are the only Princesses who have not won a playset for your movies with the franchise brand. However, Pocahontas has appeared with the other Princesses in playsets.
- Roy E. Disney was against the creation of the Disney Princess franchise, as he said, "Cinderella and Snow White could never be seen together because their stories take place in different times and places."
- To date, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Brave and Frozen are the only Princess movies that were shown in 3D during their theatrical run. Beauty and the Beast was the only one of the three to have the 3D effects added later upon a re-release. Also The Little Mermaid was converted to 3D but the theatrical re-release was cancled, however it still received a 3D Blu Ray.
- Merida is currently the only Princess to wield a real weapon in her merchandising form. In her film, Rapunzel wields her hair and a frying pan. Mulan is also armed in her film, but is not shown with it in her mercandised form.
- The "My Princess Collection" series of books not only feature stories about the first eight princesses told in first-person narration, but also those about Alice, Princess Dot, Jessie the Cowgirl and Kida as well.
- During events in Disney Parks, the Princesses are voiced by their respective voice actors.
- Out of all 13 Princesses, eight of them have used magic actively on others or their surroundings.
- Cinderella used the Fairy Godmother's wand.
- Aurora used Merryweather's wand.
- Ariel used her father's trident.
- Belle has used a magical item being the Magic Mirror.
- Jasmine rode the magic carpet.
- Pocahontas controls the wind.
- Rapunzel whose magic came from her hair before it was cut.
- Merida had used a magic cake.
- Elsa used the snow magic.
- Seven of the Princesses have at least one scene where they are actually portraying the role of the damsel in distress, while their love interest is their hero.
- Snow White was put in to a sleeping curse, and The Prince arrived with his horse to break the curse by Love's First Kiss.
- Cinderella was going to be sent out from the kingdom by the ship, while Prince Charming ride his horse to retrieve her.
- Aurora was put into deep slumber, and Prince Phillip ride his horse and stab Maleficent in her dragon form, and break the sleeping curse by True Love's Kiss.
- Ariel was turned into a mermaid again as the sunset, and she was grabbed by Ursula underwater, while Eric jumps to the sea to save her and killed Ursula.
- Belle was cornered by a pack of wolves who were about to attack her until The Beast arrived and fought the wolves and saved her life.
- Jasmine was magically trapped in an hour glass and needed Aladdin to break the glass or else she would of suffocated to death by the falling sand.
- Rapunzel was going to be taken to an unknown place by Mother Gothel, while Flynn rides Maximus to save Rapunzel, and yelled the original story's famous line "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair."
- Anna with her frozen heart curse needed rescuing from Olaf when Hans locked her in her room to die.
- Elsa was weeping, thinking Anna was dead, and was nearly beheaded by Hans when she wasn't looking but was saved when Anna stepped in and her frozen body broke Hans' sword.
- Mulan and Tiana are the only left handed Disney Princesses.
- So far, Mulan is the only Princess who hasn't been seen wearing clothes for Christmas.
- Aurora, despite her film being a failure, is one of the most popular Disney Princesses. Pocahontas and Mulan, despite their films being successful, are the least popular Princesses of the line-up.
- With the exception of Snow White, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa, the rest of the Princesses' iconic dresses are actually only used a little time in their real film. Pocahontas is the only one of the Princesses to wear the dress throughout the film, without change:
- Cinderella wore her light silver-blue dress only at the ball.
- Aurora used the pink version of her dress during the dance with Phillip.
- Ariel used the pink dress for dinner with Eric.
- Belle wore her golden yellow dress while dancing with the Beast.
- Mulan used her two iconic dresses only at the beginning of the movie.
- Tiana wore her green dress for her first wedding with Naveen.
- Ten Princesses have experienced a near-death experience:
- The Huntsman almost killed Snow White, but due to his kindness, he spared her life.
- Maleficent placed a death curse upon Aurora, until Merryweather converted it into a deep sleep.
- Ariel almost drowned after she was turned into a human by Ursula's magic.
- Belle almost drowned in a melted ice ground, until she was saved by the Beast.
- Jasmine nearly suffocated to death until she was saved by Aladdin.
- Mulan was stabbed in the chest, but it was treated immediately.
- Rapunzel almost drowned when she and Eugene were trapped in cave.
- Merida was almost eaten by Mor'du but was saved by Queen Elinor.
- Anna nearly froze to death due to an overload of Elsa's ice powers.
- Elsa was almost murdered by Hans.
- Starting from Tiana, all the Disney Princesses are shown as a child in the original film.
- With the exception of Pocahontas, all classic Princesses made an appearance in the line of pins Disney Princess Premiere Birthstone of the Disney parks. Tinker Bell, Alice, Esmeralda, Megara and Jane Porter also made appearances, despite not being official Princesses.
- The Princesses received a spin-off franchise in July 2013 called Palace Pets. Currently, Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel are the only Princesses who have the Pets, namely: Berry (rabbit), Sweetie (pony), Pumpkin (dog), Bibiddy (pony), Beauty (cat), Bloom (pony), Treasure (cat), Seashell (pony), Teacup (dog), Petit (pony), Sultan (tiger), Windflower (racoon), Blossom (panda), Lily (cat), Bayou (pony), Blondie (pony), Summer (cat), Meadow (skunk) and Daisy (dog). Merida, Anna and Elsa haven't had a Palace Pet yet.
- Every Disney Princess has been captured and/or abused by the villain.
- Many Disney Princesses have nurtured or cared for children and/or animals.
- Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses that are playable characters at Disney INFINITY. However, there are townpeople costumes of Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Jasmine.
- Out of the 13 Disney Princesses six of the Princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle and Jasmine) had the famous Disney Choir sing reprises of their respective film's theme song at their films conclusion.
- Out of the 13 Princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Tiana and Merida all speak/sing the last line in their respective movie.
- Jasmine, despite being the deuteragonist, has the most amount of screen time out of the all the Disney Princesses as she appears not only her feature film but in two sequels, Disney Princess Enchanted Tales, and is in over 50 episodes of the Aladdin The Animated Series. Ariel has the second most amount of screen time as she appears in all three of her films and is the star of The Little Mermaid The Animated Series.
- Snow White is the only Princess not to show any spunky, rebellious or tough personality traits.
- Snow White is also the only Princess whose father isn't shown.
- Ariel is the first Disney Princess to become a mother (Ariel has a daughter named Melody). Belle will be the second, with the upcoming live-action film, Descendants, showing that she and Prince Adam have a son named Ben.
- Ariel is the only non-human Disney Princess (as she's a mermaid).
- Belle is the first Disney heroine to teach her love interest how to read.
- All princesses sing their film's theme songs except for Belle and Merida. Belle doesn't sing the title song from her film. Mrs Potts sings it instead.
- Brave is the first Princess film not to be a musical.
- Pocahontas is the only Princess whose official artwork remained unchanged. However, at one point, she was shown wearing her London dress from Journey to a New World.
- Mulan is the last Princess from the Disney Renaissance.
- Mulan and Jasmine are the only Disney Princesses to be seen with a relative who isn't a parent, husband or sibling (Mulan was seen with her grandmother (her dad's mom) and Jasmine was seen with her cousin).
- Tiana is the only Princess to be transformed into an animal in her film (in her case, a frog, but only temporarily).
- Tiana is currently the last Princess to be shown in classical 2D animation.
- However, Disney has recently denied the speculation that they're abandoning traditional animation, so there may be a possibilty of another traditionally-animated Disney Princess film in the future.
- Ever since Tiana joined the franchise, the current focus of the franchise is to add more Princesses and improve their designs.
- Merida was the first contrasting Princess:
- The first Princess to have her movie made outside of the Disney animated feature canon (being produced by Pixar).
- The first Princess without a love interest. The second being Elsa.
- The first Princess with a film not being a musical.
- The first original Princess in the line-up that hasn't been inspired by either literature or real life.
- Merida and Pocahontas are the only Princesses not only to not be seen married, but also not have wedding dresses in the franchise whether in a book or as a doll. Belle and a few others were featured in Disney's Beautiful Brides book.
- In the Disney Princess official page, Merida is the only Princess to have her original look from the movie while every other Princesses are in their new looks. This was because of the controversy about Merida's redesign.
- Pocahontas is the first and only Disney Princess to have no glitter on her redesign, since it is replaced by jewels.
- Ariel, Merida, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses to have siblings. Cinderella doesn't really count, since Drizella and Anastasia are her stepsiblings.
- Anna and Elsa are the first siblings to be Disney Princesses.
- Elsa is the first official Disney Princess to become a Queen in her primary film. She is also the first Princess to have a coronation. She is also technically the second Princess created by Disney overall to become Queen, after Kida.
- Since Disney Princess was designed to have all the Princesses unaware of each other's presence (however, this can be debatable, as in the House of Mouse, Jasmine and Ariel spoke to each other and the other Princesses have been seen together), Elsa and Anna will be the first and second Disney Princesses to know of each other.
- Pocahontas is the first Disney Princess with two love interests, who are John Smith and John Rolfe. The second being Anna, who are Hans and Kristoff.
- Anna might not count, since Hans never really loved her and her interest in him was more like a naive infatuation than actual love.
- John Rolfe also doesn't count, as he is from a direct-to-video sequel and is never seen with Pocahontas in most media.
- When Anna joins the line-up, she'll be the first Princess to harm the antagonist in some way (in this case punching Hans).
- Elsa is the first Princess to be based on a both a male and female character (in her case, Kai from "The Snow Queen", however Elsa is still based on the Snow Queen herself as well) from her film's source material.
- Anna and Elsa are the fourth and fifth Princesses to have their father die, the first being Snow White, the second Cinderella and the third being Tiana. They are also the first and second Princesses to show how their mother died after the film began as for the other Princesses have their mother's were already dead by the time the movie started, except for Tiana, Mulan, Rapunzel and Merida. They're also the third and fourth Princesses to have both of their parents die, the first two being Snow White and Cinderella.
- Of the Disney Princesses with a confirmed real-life time-frame and location, several of them live in the 19th century being Ariel (as heavily implied in the TV series), Cinderella (Due to the cameo of the The King and the Duke at Eric and Vanessa's wedding), Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa all live in this time period as well as Frozen is confirmed to take place in the 18th century and Rapunzel has a cameo appearance in the film. Several other Princesses have real-life confirmed time frames as well; Tiana is the most current as she lives in the 1920's. Belle lives in 18th century France as confirmed by Glen Keane. Pocahontas (15-16th century, due to the first contact between Great Britain and what would become the state of Virginia). Aurora (14th century, as explicitly stated in her film) and Jasmine ("confirmed" to be during the time of the Hellenistic Era in "Hercules and the Arabian Night", though this would be impossible due to the cultural eras involved).
- Since Tiana's coronation in 2010, there has been an official Princess coronation green-lighting a Princess into the lineup every summer.
- Pocahontas and Tiana are the first and second Disney Princesses to have human best friends, in the form of Nakoma and Charlotte La Bouff. Anna and Elsa are the third and fourth, because while they are sisters, they're also each other's best friends.
- Cinderella, Ariel and Mulan are the only three Princesses that were seen naked, although censored due to their films being made for kids.
- Aurora and Mulan are the only Disney Princesses to go by aliases (Aurora went by "Briar Rose" and Mulan went by "Ping").
- In Kingdom Hearts, if players beat Wonderland before getting to Agrabah, there is a cutscene involving the kidnapped Alice being brought to the Disney Villains counsel. However if Wonderland has yet to be beaten by this time, instead of Alice, it will be Snow White that is shown.
- Aurora and Cinderella's dresses in the Kingdom Hearts series use the colors they are shown being in their movies, rather than how they are depicted in the Disney Princess Franchise. Cinderella's dress being silver, instead of light blue, and Aurora's dress being blue, instead of pink.
- However, it is interesting to note that in their stations in Dive to the Heart, Cinderella's dress is depicted as light blue, like her Disney Princess franchise dress, but Aurora's dress is shown being purple, a shade she never wore in the films.
- At the time of the series initial creation, Mulan and Pocahontas were the only Disney Princesses not featured within Kingdom Hearts. Since the release of Kingdom Hearts II, Pocahontas is yet to be featured.
- With the inclusion of the new films released after Kingdom Hearts II, the current list of Disney Princesses who have yet to appear in the series are: Pocahontas, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna and Elsa.
- The Bradygames official strategy guide for Kingdom Hearts II mistakenly lists Jasmine as a "Princess of Light", rather than a "Princess of Heart".
- There are currently only four non-Caucasian Disney Princesses: Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana.
- The Princesses are actually drawn and made not to look or acknowledge each other inside products as a way to show that they are inside their own universe.
- Rapunzel is the only Princess to be inside another Disney Princess film.
- Ariel and Jasmine have talked to each other in House of Mouse.
- ↑ The New York Times
- ↑ Disney's Princess Storybook Collection: Love and Friendship Stories
- ↑ The United Kingdom Disney Princess Magazine #18
- ↑ The United Kingdom Disney Princess Magazine #22
- ↑ Princesas Magic Light
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