Planning your Disney World trip and hoping to meet all of the Disney Princesses? We’ll be sharing more about all of our favorite characters to meet, but today let’s start with the princesses. Below we have listed all the official Disney Princess names and some fun facts about them and the movie they are in.
Meeting the princess is one of our favorite parts of our trips! Also fun fact – did you know that you are able to use Fast Passes to meet them? You can!
Disney Princess Names
- Snow White (Snow White)
- 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)
- Elsa (Frozen)
- Anna (Frozen)
- Moana (Moana)
Here’s some fun facts about each of the princesses and the movie they’re featured in! We have also included some ideas of questions to ask each of the princesses when you meet them at Disney World. This is definitely something you should try to schedule when you are working on your Disney World vacation plan! The characters LOVE it when you ask questions about things they are associated with. The cast members playing the characters know everything about who they are playing. Asking them questions allows them to start having fun ad libbing about their character.
1. Snow White
Snow White is the very first Disney princess ever created, back in 1937. It was based on a fairy tail created by the Brothers Grimm that was published in 1812. This fairy tale includes an evil step-mother, a magical mirror and a poisoned apple.The prince in Snow White was Prince Charming. Snow White is known as “the fairest one of all” and she has “hair as black as ebony, lips as red as the rose, and skin as white as snow.” She stays with the 7 dwarfs after her escape from the Evil Queen.
What to ask Snow White when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her if she eats apples.
2. Ask her who her favorite dwarf is!
3. Ask her if the magic mirror ever gets used anymore!
Fun family fact – Snow White is our grandma’s favorite!
The next Disney princess came in 1950 in Disney’s 12th animated feature film, Cinderella! It has 2 sequels (Dreams Come True and A Twist in Time). The Prince in Cinderella was also named Prince Charming! Cinderella has a wicked stepmother, two jealous step sisters, and a fairy godmother who comes to her rescue to help her attend the Royal Ball. Cinderella makes friends with the mice and birds. Cinderella is known for losing her glass slipper when the clock strikes midnight and she is running home before the spell wears off!
What to ask Cinderella when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her if her mouse friends moved into the castle with her.
2. Ask her if glass shoes comfortable.
3. Ask her if she ever stays out past midnight.
3. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Sleeping Beauty was released in 1959. Due to a mixed reception and a poor performance at the box office, this was the last adaptation of a fairy tale until 1989 and the release of The Little Mermaid. Princess Aurora is also known as Sleeping Beauty and Briar Rose. Her prince’s is named Prince Philip. Aurora was cursed by the wicked Maleficent and was sent to the woods to live with Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather who changed her name to Briar Rose in order to hide her from Maleficent. Aurora pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls into a deep slumber, thus being called Sleeping Beauty.
What to ask Aurora when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her if she ever uses a spinning wheel.
2. Ask her if she takes naps.
3. Ask her if she ever sees Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.
4. Ask her if she likes the name Aurora or Briar Rose better.
4. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
The Little Mermaid was created in 1989. This film is the beginning of the Disney Renaissance which takes place from 1989-199. During the Disney Renaissance time period Disney returned to producing movies that were largely based on well known stories. Alan Menkin and Howard Ashman were hired to create the music for this film (and many subsequent films) and Under The Sea gave them their first Oscar for Best Song! Menken also won “Best Score” in 1989!
Ariel and her six older sisters (Attina, Alana, Adella, Aquata, Arista and Andrina) are the daughters of the sea king, King Triton. Ariel is known for her red hair and her beautiful singing voice. Ariel longs to become human and Ursula is the villain in this movie. The Prince in the Little Mermaid is Prince Eric. Ariel’s best friend is Flounder the fish and Sebastian the crab looks after her by order of King Triton.
What to ask Ariel when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her if she likes living on land or sea better.
2. Ask her if she ever sees Sebastian or Flounder.
3. Ask her if she ever sings with her sisters.
4. Ask her if Prince Eric ever plays the flute.
Fun Family Fact: Jen had a Little Mermaid themed bedroom when she was a little girl complete with sponge paint walls to emulate the ocean, Little Mermaid border and so much more.
5. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Beauty and the Beast was originally created in 1991. It received three separate Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song for “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” and “Beauty and The Beast.” It was also the first animated film to ever win an Oscar nomination for Best Picture!
The Beast is Belle’s prince, and rumor has it his actual name is Prince Adam. Gaston is the villain in the story. He tries to kill the beast and also puts Belle’s dear inventor father into an asylum. Belle is befriended by Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip. The magic rose is a key element in Belle’s story, as once all the petals drop the Beast will be unable to turn human again.
What to ask Belle when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her if she has ready any good books lately.
2. Ask her if her father has made any new inventions.
3. Ask her if she ever sees Gaston.
4. Ask her if she ever misses Lumiere being a candelabra.
Fun Family Fact: Belle is Katie’s favorite Disney Princess and she even brought a Beauty and the Beast poster with her to college. The Beast’s castle is one of our favorite lunch spots at Disney!
6. Jasmine (Aladdin)
Created in 1992 Jasmine is the 6th Disney Princess. Jasmine is unique to the Disney Princesses in that she is a secondary character in Aladdin, playing Aladdin’s love interest rather than the main character. Nevertheless, she is well loved! She is the first princess to have her speaking and singing voices done by different actresses. Jasmine’s pet tiger is named Rajah and the villain in Aladdin is Jafar. Jasmine is a Middle Eastern Princess and longs for a life outside of the castle and the demands of being a princess.
What to ask Jasmine when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her how the genie is – is he free or back in his lamp!
2. Ask her what she would wish for if she had 3 wishes.
3. Ask her if she still goes for rides on magic carpet.
4. Ask her if it is a good idea to have a tiger for a pet.
7. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
Released in 1995, Pocahontas became the first Native American Disney Princess and the first woman of color be the lead character in a Disney film. Pocahontas has received mixed reviews over time due to the controversy surrounding its historical accuracy. Pocahontas has some of the most well loved songs and received an Academy Award for “Colors Of The Wind” and Alan Menken received an Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score. Pocahontas does not have a prince, but John Smith is her male counterpart.
What to ask Pocahontas when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her where you can get a necklace like hers.
2. Ask her how to say hello in Powhatan.
3. Ask her about Meeko and Flit!
8. Mulan (Mulan)
Released in 1998, Mulan is based on the legendary Chinese warrior Hua Mulan. Mulan focuses on her heroism and bravery and Mulan is essentially the hero of her own story. Mulan is considered a Disney Princess but she is not a princess in the traditional sense as her parents are not a king or queen and she does not become a princess during the movie. You can often find Mulan at Epcot in China which. makes meeting her extra special! Mulan impersonates a man and joins the Chinese military in order to save her father from being forced to join its ranks. Mulan is a warrior trained in archery and is one of the bravest princesses!
What to ask Mulan when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her what it was like to meet the Emperor.
2. Ask her to teach you a warrior pose.
3. Ask her what she really thinks about the matchmaker!
9. Tiana (the Princess and the Frog)
The Princess and the Frog was released in 2009 and features the first African American princess! This story is loosely based on The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker which is based on a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale. Music for this film was done by Randy Newman who is well known for his musical involvement in Pixar films such as Cars and the Toy Story movies.
Tiana dreams of opening up her own restraint someday. She kisses a frog and ends up turning into a frog herself for most of the movie! Tiana ends up marrying Prince Naveen in the movie. Tiana is the only Disney princess with a job and she lives in New Orleans. Tiana is left handed!
What to ask Tiana when you meet her in Disney:
1. Ask her if she will share any family recipes with you.
2. Ask her if she has cooked much lately.
3. Ask her if she likes frogs!
10. Rapunzel (Tangled)
Tangled was released in 2010 and has the distinguished title of being Disney’s 50th animated feature film! Tangled is, of course, loosely based on Rapunzel by The Brothers Grimm. Tangled is meant to have a look of oil paintings on canvas which goes along well with Rapunzels amazing painting talent that you see her doing in the film! One of our favorite nooks in Disney World is an area where you can see Rapunzels tower, and if you look down on the pavement you’ll find some fun things imprinted in!
Rapunzel’s hair has magical healing powers that come to life when Rapunzel sings. Rapunzel is kept hidden in a tower by the evil Mother Gothel who uses Rapunzel to keep her young. Rapunzel’s love interstate’s in Tangled is Flynn and her best friend is a lizard named Pasqual. Rapunzel’s parents send lanterns up into the sky every year on her birthday in remembrance of her. The animation is beautiful!
What to ask Rapunzel when you meet her in Disney:
1. Ask her where Flynn is.
2. Ask her how long it takes her to brush her hair.
3. Ask her if she uses frying pans to cook or just as a weapon!
11. Merida (Brave)
Released in 2012, this is a Pixar film released by Walt Disney! One fun fact about this film is that it was codirected by Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews, making it Pixar’s first feature length film with a female co-director! Merida is Disney’s 11th princess and the first Pixar princess.
She is 16 years old and from Scotland. Merida has an outgoing forceful personality but we also so her softness. Merida has 3 little brothers who are triplets and always getting into trouble. Merida is an excellent archer and refuses to marry a man due to tradition. Instead of a male love interest, Brave focuses on the love of a family – specifically between Merida and her parents.
What to ask Merida when. you meet her:
1. Ask her how is Scotland different from Disney World?
2. Ask her to give you an archery lesson.
3. Ask her what it was like to see her mom as a bear.
Fun Family Fact: Dave took his oldest Granddaughter to see Brave in the theater (she was 4 at the time) and they ended up having the entire theater to themselves!
12. Elsa (Frozen)
Elsa is one of Disney’s most complex princesses. Initially loosely based on the Danish fairy tale “The Snow Queen, ” Disney found it increasingly difficult to portray Elsa as she is more villain than heroine in the original fairy tale. In fact, Disney tried to write an adaptation to the Snow Queen as early as the 1930s! As we now know her, Elsa does do some villainous acts, however, we see her more as a princess with an internal struggle which makes her more relatable and less villain. We’ll leave the villain in this story to Prince Hans!
Elsa is the heir to the throne of Arendelle and has magical ice powers. As she grew up she went from playing with her powers to fearing them and keeping them hidden from most of the world. She accidentally hurts Anna with her powers during one scene in the movie. Elsa’s best friend is her sister Anna.
What to ask Elsa when you meet her:
1. Would you like to build a snowman?
2. Ask her what her favorite thing is to make out of ice.
3. Ask her if she likes summer or winter best.
Fun Family Fact: Frozen was the first movie Katie took her daughters to in the theater!
13, Anna (Frozen)
In our opinion, Anna is one of the most instantly likable Disney Princesses! She has an energy for life and seems to just be happy to be alive. Anna loves her sister Elsa and puts family above everything, even to her own demise. Anna has her own complexities as a character, trying to understand her sister’s powers and how she fits in. Anna and Elsa together make up a dynamic duo that we love seeing on screen. Anna’s male counterpart in this movie is Kristoff.
What to Ask Anna when you meet her at Disney:
1. Ask her if Olaf’s hugs are really warm!
2. Would you like to build a snowman?
3. Ask her where Kristoff is.
4. Ask her if she really likes reindeer.
Fun Family Fact: Jen cries every time she hears “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”
14. Moana (Moana)
Released in 2016, Moana is our Polynesian Princess! Moana takes place 3,000 years ago. Moana is an optimistic and determined young girl who is constantly drawn to the water. She was instructed by her father to avoid going out too far into the ocean, but Moana is drawn to the water and in doing so helps bring her people back to their original pastime of being sea voyagers. We love her relationship with her grandmother who encourages her to follow her heart yet to do what is right. Maui the demi god helps Moana defeat Te Kā and helps to keep Moana’s people from certain death.
What to ask Moana when you see her in Disney:
1. Ask her how Hei-Hei is!
2. Ask her what Maui is really like.
3. Ask her what her favorite part is about the ocean.
One of our favorite parts about Disney World is interacting with all of the characters and princesses! We hope this post helps you keep track of all the Disney Princess names and have some fun when you meet them! We definitely recommend trying to hit up Disney World during some slower times of the year in order to have the opportunity to meet as many Disney Princesses as possible. Keep in mind, if you are able to attend a meal in Cinderella’s Royal Table you can meet several Disney princesses at once! This does require some extensive planning, so be sure to check out our post on dining reservations to find out more about making dining reservations. In our opinion it is totally worth it!