9 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney Princesses

Over the years there have been plenty of classic Disney animated films which cover a wide array to topics. Disney animated films can make guests laugh, hold back tears, feel plenty of emotion, and end up smiling. Characters from Disney films are beloved by many guests, but there are no characters as popular as the Disney Princesses. Whether born in royalty or having fallen in love with a prince, each Disney Princess has a unique story and background and has many fans in the Disney community. Guests who visit Walt Disney World can meet many of the Disney Princesses at special meet and greet locations and character meals and also spot them in parades like the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. While many guests have seen the Disney films and met the princesses, there are some facts which they might not know! Here are nine things that any guests don’t know about Disney Princesses.

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9. Ariel’s Inspiration –

One of the most beloved Disney Princesses is Ariel from the animated classic The Little Mermaid. In the story, Ariel is born a mermaid and finds herself in love with a human named Prince Eric. After some struggles, they end up living happily ever after on land and many guests love the feisty and strong personality of the red headed mermaid. Many guests might not realize that one of the models who served as inspiration for Ariel was a star herself! Alyssa Milano, made famous from roles on series like Who’s the Boss and Melrose Place, was an inspiration for Ariel’s look in the final version of The Little Mermaid.

8. Rapunzel’s Voice –

Rapunzel is one of the most free spirited of the Disney Princesses and guests fell in love with her and her blonde magical hair in the film Tangled. While Rapunzel might be the favorite princess of many, guests might not realize that she was voiced by singer Mandy Moore!

7. Snow White’s Age –

Many guests are familiar with the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and how the princess fell in love and ultimately had a happily ever after despite the Evil Queen’s best efforts. What many guests don’t know is that Snow White is the youngest of all the Disney Princesses at the age of fourteen!

6. Elsa’s Age –

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Snow White is Elsa from Frozen. The queen of Arendelle is the oldest Disney princess at the age of 21 which makes sense since she was recently crowned deeming her old enough to rule the country.

5. Belle’s Eyes –

One trait that all of the Disney Princesses have in common is the size of their eyes. Oversized and doe eyed, the Disney Princesses all seem innocent and beautiful thanks to their large eyes. Belle from Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beautiful princesses and she is also the only one to have hazel eyes.


4. Merida’s Siblings –

In terms of family, the Disney Princesses are a mixed bag. Some of them tragically lost one or both of their parents, some have extended families like Cinderella, and some have sisters who they rely on like Anna and Elsa. Merida from Brave is unique in that she is the only Disney Princess to have brothers, and her triplet younger brothers definitely find themselves getting into plenty of trouble in the film!

3. Ariel’s Cameo –

Guests who love the Disney Princesses can enjoy meeting them and experiencing their stories throughout the Disney theme parks. Many guests have enjoyed character meals and attractions like Under the Sea –Journey of the Little Mermaid but might not realize that Ariel can be spotted on another Fantasyland attraction. Peter Pan’s Flight invites guests to take to the skies over London and Neverland with Peter and the Darling children. While passing over Neverland guests should keep an eye out for Ariel lounging in Mermaid Lagoon.

2. Aurora’s Limited Speech –

One of the classic Disney Princesses is Aurora or Sleeping Beauty whose tale came to life as she was placed under an evil spell by Maleficent. While Aurora is the title character of the film she only has a total of eighteen lines of dialogue in its entirety! Perhaps this is because she is in an enchanted sleep for a significant portion of the film.

1. Mulan’s Inspiration –

Mulan is a classic Disney animated film which tells the story of the girl warrior who impersonated a man to join the army in the place of her frail father. Many guests might not realize that the character Mulan was based upon the title character from a Chinese legend named Hua Mulan in which the girl takes her father’s place in the army.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.