What makes a princess a Disney Princess?

by Brittani Tuttle

With The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox now complete, many fans are wondering if any of the princess characters acquired by Fox will join the ranks of the 12 official Disney Princesses.

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Does the Fox acquisition make Anastasia an official Disney Princess?

It would be easy to say, “Yes! Every Fox princess is now a Disney Princess!” – but there’s more to joining the royal ranks than you think.

Currently, there are 12 princesses that make up the official Disney Princess lineup:

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Aurora
  • Ariel
  • Belle
  • Jasmine
  • Pocahontas
  • Mulan
  • Tiana
  • Rapunzel
  • Merida
  • Moana

Anna, Queen Elsa, and Princess Elena of Avalor are royalty in their films and television show, respectively, but are currently not included in the official Disney Princess lineup.

Occasionally, when princesses are added to the lineup, the event is celebrated with a coronation ceremony to induct them into the Disney Princess Royal Court. Tiana was the first princess to receive this honor in New York City, followed by Rapunzel in London, and Merida at Walt Disney World. Moana has yet to have a coronation ceremony.

A few of 21st Century Fox’s royals have been confused for Disney Princesses in the past, namely Anastasia, whose 1997 animated film was directed by Don Bluth – who was formerly a chief Disney animator before leaving to start his own studio. Other “princesses” worth noting are Neytiri from James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and, per many memes on social media, the queen Xenomorph from the “Alien” films.

But what does this mean for these princesses, who now are residing in Disney’s intellectual property castle? Simply this: while Disney now owns the rights to these new princesses, until they are officially added to the lineup, they are not Disney Princesses.

You can learn more about The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and its properties here. Check out our videos of special Disney Princess ceremonies, including coronations, below:

Princess Tiana's special Magic Kingdom welcome castle show
Rapunzel named 10th Disney Princess in ceremony at Kensington Palace in London
Full Princess Merida coronation ceremony at Disney's Magic Kingdom - 11 princesses gather
Princess Elena of Avalor Royal Welcome at Magic Kingdom

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Kat March 24, 2019 - 10:58 am

Whoever wrote this didn’t do their research. There are only 11 official Disney Princesses and Moana isn’t one of them.

Matt Roseboom March 24, 2019 - 11:59 am

We contacted Disney for this story and they told us Moana is an official princess. It will be reflected on their website in their next update.

Disnob November 27, 2019 - 8:20 am

You didn’t read the whole article

Johnathan Maygarden November 27, 2019 - 9:29 pm

Scream queens and ahs have powerful female role models should be disney princess

Marian March 30, 2020 - 12:25 am

They should make Anna and Elsa official Disney princesses

Lex April 3, 2020 - 4:55 pm

But technically they’re queens

Kathy July 31, 2020 - 11:39 am

Anna & Elsa are Queens not Princess.

Sam May 1, 2020 - 5:08 pm

Ok I know she’s not human but……. Kiara is a Princess. She is the daughter of a king, ok sure a Lion King but still any daughter of a king is a princess. Who says Princesses have to be human anyway?

Kathy July 31, 2020 - 11:41 am

That’s funny they should have a animal “Disney Princess” List.

Chelsea Davies June 8, 2020 - 5:34 pm

Princess elena should be crowned a disney princess.

Kathy July 31, 2020 - 11:42 am

I was wondering if she should be on the list. She kinda new to the family maybe it’s not official yet.


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