Who are the Disney Princesses? (and Who is Not) | Disney FAQ

Last Updated on: April 7th, 2024

One very common question I get is regarding Disney Princesses and who exactly is a Disney Princess. It is easy to get confused especially with a number of recent additions to the Disney Junior lineup that have “Princess” in their titles.

Here is a quick rundown of what is a Disney Princess and who is an official Disney Princess and some of the more commonly mistaken non-princesses…

Who are the Disney Princesses

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What is a Disney Princess?

A Disney Princess is a media franchise and line of fictional female characters created by The Walt Disney Company. Originally introduced in 1937 with Snow White, the first-ever Disney Princess, the franchise has since expanded to include a diverse group of princesses from various Disney animated films.

The Disney Princesses are typically depicted as young, beautiful, and kind-hearted heroines who face challenges and overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. They are known for their distinctive personalities, appearances, and iconic costumes, as well as their memorable stories that often involve romance, adventure, and self-discovery.

Disney Princesses are often associated with positive values such as courage, kindness, resilience, and independence, and they have become role models for many young children around the world. They have inspired countless products, merchandise, and media adaptations, including movies, TV shows, books, toys, and more. The Disney Princess franchise has also become a cultural phenomenon, with fan events, theme park attractions, and various forms of media celebrating the magic and charm of these beloved characters.

One of the defining features of the Disney Princess franchise is the “Disney Princess” brand, which encompasses a wide range of merchandise and consumer products featuring the characters, including toys, clothing, home décor, cosmetics, and more. The Disney Princess brand has become a multi-billion-dollar enterprise, with a global fanbase that spans across generations.

The Disney Princesses are beloved by millions of fans worldwide, and their stories continue to captivate audiences of all ages. Beyond their fairy tale narratives, Disney Princesses have also evolved over time to reflect changing societal values and expectations, with more recent additions like Moana and Elsa and Anna from Frozen challenging traditional princess tropes and embodying themes of self-empowerment and female agency.

In conclusion, a Disney Princess is a fictional female character from Disney animated films who embodies the spirit of adventure, kindness, and resilience, and serves as a beloved symbol of magic, hope, and inspiration for generations of fans around the world. These iconic characters have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions, and their stories continue to be cherished and celebrated as timeless tales of courage, love, and self-discovery.

Who are the Disney Princesses?

Snow White (Snow White)

Cinderella (Cinderella)

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Ariel (Little Mermaid)

Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Jasmine (Aladdin)

Pocahontas (Pocahontas)

Mulan (Mulan)

Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

Rapunzel (Tangled)

Merida (Brave)

Who is not a Disney Princess?

Elena of Avalor (TV)

Elena of Avalor

Sofia the First (TV)

Princess Anna (Frozen)

Queen Elsa (Frozen)

Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

Moana Waialiki (Moana)

Princess Leia (Star Wars)

Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)

Mia Thermopolis (Princess Diaries)

Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Did we miss any of your favorites? Leave a comment below and let us know who you think should be made an official Disney Princess.

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.