Disney is known far and wide for their classic animated characters, including the Disney Princesses. Here’s the full and complete list by The Walt Disney Company. Are you ready to see the official Disney Princess list for 2020? Then let’s take a look and see who made the cut!
The Official Disney Princesses
Disney has made a ton of movies over the years. A lot of them feature princesses and princes.
So, you might wonder, “Who are the official Disney princesses?”
Another big question: “What makes a character a Disney Princess?”
Well, I’m here to answer all of these questions for you!
AND to give you a few unofficial Disney Princesses too! 😉
What Makes a Character an Official Disney Princess?
This one is a difficult question to answer.
Especially because some characters like Anna and Elsa aren’t technically an official Disney Princess, according Disney itself.
But, there are some ways we can try to answer the question. According to popular fan website Fandom, there are a few criteria:
The franchise currently comprises twelve female protagonists from eleven different Walt Disney Animation Studios 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.Fandom
So, those are some of the main characteristics that fans and others have been able to figure out.
That being said, Fandom goes on to say this:
Although the specific criteria for becoming a member of the franchise is vague for the most part, most often there are “unofficial” Disney Princesses who do not join the line-up for different reasons.Fandom
What exactly are these “different reasons”? Will we ever know for sure?
Those are tough questions for fans to answer, because Disney hasn’t yet given us a full answer on it.
Although, Disney did give us a peek behind the curtain during Ralph Breaks the Internet, when Vanellope meets all the Disney Princesses (some of them unofficial) in one room and all of our hearts immediately filled up and exploded with happiness…
Does she have magic hair? No.
Magic hands? No.
Do animals talk to her? No.
Was she poisoned? No.
Was she cursed? No.
Was she kidnapped or enslaved? No!
Did she make a promise to an underwater sea witch in exchange for a pair of human legs? No, again!
Do people assume that all her problems would go away if a big, strong man showed up? YES!
According to the Disney Princesses in that room, that makes her a princess!
Even so, Vanellope is still not on the official Disney Princesses list.
So, what’s a Disney fan to do, huh?
Well we can take a look at who all is on the official Disney Princesses list…
Which is exactly what we’re going to do next! 🙂
Who Are the 12 Official Disney Princesses?
Without further ado, here is the 12 official Disney Princess list, according to the Disney Animation and The Walt Disney Company on their website.
Note: These are listed in order of historical appearance.
- Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
- Cinderella (Cinderella)
- Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
- Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
- Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
- Jasmine (Aladdin)
- Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
- Mulan (Mulan)
- Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
- Rapunzel (Tangled)
- Merida (Brave)
- Moana (Moana)
1. Princess Snow White
2. Princess Cinderella
3. Princess Aurora
4. Princess Ariel
5. Princess Belle
6. Princess Jasmine
7. Princess Pocahontas
8. Princess Mulan
9. Princess Tiana
10. Princess Rapunzel
11. Princess Merida
12. Princess Moana
Unofficial Disney Princesses List
You might have noticed that some of your favorite characters aren’t on the official Disney Princess list.
A few of the notable princesses that aren’t included (yet!) are the following.
- Princess Elsa (Frozen & Frozen 2)
- Princess Anna (Frozen & Frozen 2)
- Princess Elena (Elena of Avalor)
- Princess Kida Nedakh (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)
- Princess Megara (Hercules)
- Princess Leia (Star Wars)
- Princess Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph & Ralph Breaks the Internet)
- Princess Lilo (Lilo and Stitch)
- Princess Sally (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
And I’m sure this unofficial Disney Princess list is missing some, too!
While there are a lot of Disney Princesses, many fans (and even some professors and scholars) have pointed out that the official list is missing a lot, too.
Not only are these some of fans favorite characters, but there’s still unfortunately a lack of diversity among these princesses…
A number of cultures and identities don’t have their very own Disney princess yet, including a Hispanic/Latinx Disney Princess, a LGBTQIA+ Disney Princess, and many more.
In my opinion, all people should be able to look at a Disney Princess and see themselves represented.
Hopefully, Disney will make all this happen in the near future.
Disney Princesses on Social Media
The topic of Disney Princesses is naturally one that people bring up a whole lot.
This happens both in IRL conversations and, of course, on social media apps and websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
And it’s something that people have pretty strong opinions about…
Just take a quick look at these Disney Princess tweets for a few seconds to see what I mean!
As you can see, people love to discuss Disney Princesses and who is or isn’t on the list yet.
It’s a major topic of conversation, year in and year out!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Disney Princess list as much as I have!
There’s so much to learn about these great characters in the history of Walt Disney Animation.
What character is your favorite? Which princess isn’t on the official list yet, but should be?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @disfordisney_ and have a magical day!
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