Almost every little girl has grown up with one or more Disney princesses as their idol, with Elsa from Frozen the most obvious recent example.
From Snow White to Cinderella, Disney princesses have served as role models for children for generations. Many come from fairy tales that were around long before Disney even existed, but the movies that star these beautiful characters are what made them so famous today.
Below is a list of all the official Disney princesses who have appeared in movies to date, in the order they graced our screens.
All of them currently appear in the Disney Princess franchise apart from Anna, Elsa and Moana, who are expected to join their ranks soon.
Snow White is the original Disney Princess, appearing in the franchise’s first ever full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs nearly 80 years ago in 1937.
She was based on the character in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Schneewittchen. The movies sees the evil Queen twice try and kill Snow White after being told by her magic mirror that the princess is more beautiful than she is.
She finally manages to send her into an ‘eternal sleep’ with a Poisoned Apple, but Snow White is woken with true-love’s kiss from the Prince.
Cinderella, of the famous glass slipper, appeared in the 1950 Disney film of the same name.
Her character is based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale Cendrillon, and the movie helped turn around the fortunes of Disney, which was struggling at the time.
The story is of course one of the most famous fairy tales of all time, featuring her evil stepsisters, fairy Godmother, glass slipper and, of course, the Prince.
Aurora is the princess from 1959’s Sleeping Beauty, with the story based on both Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois Dormant.
She is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent, and falls into an eternal sleep after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle. Like in Snow White, there is only one thing that can wake her – true love’s kiss.
Who can forget the famous scenes where the three good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather argue over the color of Aurora’s dress.
4Ariel (later Queen)
Darling it’s better, Down where it’s wetter, Take it from me! Anyone who grew up as a child in the 1980s will have spent countless hours singing songs from The Little Mermaid, the first film to feature Princess Ariel.
Based on a fairy tale of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, the original 1989 film follows her story as she turns from a mermaid to a human in a bid to meet Prince Eric. Ariel also appeared in The Little Mermaid II and III.
5Belle (later Princess Consort)
Ah, Belle. The ‘beauty’ in Beauty and the Beast and its sequels, the original 1991 movie tells the story of a prince turned into a beast after being put under a curse.
He can only escape its grip if he can persuade Belle to love him. The story is based on the traditional French fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, which was published in 1740.
6Jasmine (later Sultana)
I can show you the world! Jasmine is the princess-turned-Sultana from Aladdin, 1992’s highest-grossing film, as well as its sequels.
With countless catchy tunes, the original movie is based on the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp from One Thousand and One Nights.
She was the first Disney princess not to be mentioned in some capacity in the title of the film in which she made her debut.
Pocahontas was the main character in the film and sequel of the same name. Unlike the princesses before her, she was not based on a fairy tale but a real person.
The daughter of Chief Powhatan, in the 1995 movie she stops a battle between British settlers and her own Native American tribe.
After Pocahontas, Mulan is the second Disney princess not to be based on a fairy tale. But in her case, rather than being based on a real person, she is based on the Chinese legend of Fa Mulan.
She stars in the 1998 movie of the same name, along with its sequel. The original follows her journey as she pretends to be a man so she can replace her father’s place as a warrior during a Hun invasion.
Tiana is “the Princess” in the 2009 movie The Princess and the Frog. The film is based on The Frog Prince fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
In it Tiana kisses a frog prince and after turning into a green-legged amphibian herself, has to find a way to become a human again.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! Another character that has been the subject of children’s bed-time stories for generations, Rapunzel is the main character in Tangled.
The daughter of the King and Queen of Corona, she has magical hair and with ends up going on an amazing adventure with the thief Flynn Rider.
The story is based the fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm.
Merida is the focus of Disney/Pixar’s 2012 hit Brave and, along with Ariel, is the only other Disney princess to have red hair.
Unlike a few of the others on this list, Merida is an actual princess as she’s the daughter of King Fergus of DunBroch.
Set in medieval Scotland, the film follows the defiant Merida as she refuses to marry and accidentally turns her mother into a bear.
Anna stars with her older sister Elsa, below, in 2013’s Frozen. Her full name is Princess Anna of Arendelle and is based, very loosely, on Gerda from Hans Chrsitian Andersen’s Danish fairytale The Snow Queen.
Anyone with a young daughter will be more than familiar with her story thanks to Frozen’s huge success.
13Elsa (later queen)
Elsa is the princess who gave us the song Let It Go, and in the film accidentally leaves her kingdom in perpetual winter with her magic powers.
She refuses to return but Anna, above, then goes on a mission to find her. Following her coronation in the movie, she is no longer a princess but a queen.
Moana is the newest Disney princess, so new that the film in which she features was only just released.
She is the star of the movie that bears her name, which hit theaters in November 2016.
In it she is a Pacific islander who sets out on to the ocean in a bid to find a fabled island along with the demigod Maui.
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