10 Surprising Disney Princess Facts

10 Surprising Disney Princess FactsDo you believe you’re a Disney princess expert? Well, think again. Here are 10 surprising Disney Princess facts, that’ll surely shock you!

  1. Not all princesses are “official.”

While you are going to find countless princesses in Disney movies, there are only a few recognized by Disney as being official Disney Princesses. The official lineup includes Merida, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, Tiana, Belle, Aurora, Mulan and Snow White.

  1. Snow White was supposed to have a sequel.

Walt Disney had plans to create “Snow White Returns.” However, this is one film that never made it to production.

  1. Only one Disney princess is based on a real person.

That princess is Pocahontas.

  1. There was a lapse of 30 years between princesses.

“The Little Mermaid” was released in 1989, which made Ariel the first Disney princess after a 30 year break. The previous princess, Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” was released 30 years prior in 1959.

  1. Disney princesses were actually quite young.

For example, Snow White was the youngest at just 14, Jasmine was only 15 and Tiana and Cinderella were the oldest at 19 years old.

  1. Walt Disney had a favorite princess.

According to those who worked closely with him, it was Cinderella.

  1. In “Beauty and the Beast” Belle’s clothes signified she was an outsider.

In the movie, Belle was the only person in her home town to wear blue. When she met the Beast, she was also wearing blue, which was done to signify they were both misfits. Also, Belle was supposed to be a symbol of goodness in the movie. In contrast, the bad guy – Gaston – wore red.

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  1. One actress that voiced a princess was only paid $20 per day.

That actress was Adriana Caselotti, who was the voice of Snow White in 1937.

  1. Princess Aurora has the least amount of dialogue of all Disney princesses.

This is probably because she was sleeping the majority of the time.

  1. Beyoncé was almost the voice of Tiana from “Princess and the Frog.”

However, she refused to go to an audition, which lost her the role to Anika Noni Rose, her co-star in “Dreamgirls.”

As you can see, there are more than a few surprises when it comes to Disney Princesses. How many did you know about?

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  • Robin Rue

    I never knew Cinderella was his favorite princess. These were all super fun to read.

  • Janella Panchamsingh

    These were some great facts! My kids are begging to go to Disney

  • jaimemckee

    These are fun facts! We were just talking about Pocahontas yesterday. I didn’t realize there are “official” Disney princesses!

  • These are some interesting facts. I am not a Disney fan, but my daughter loves princesses, so I should share this list with her 🙂

  • Oh wow, I didn’t know most of these! It’s been a while since I’ve seen some of the older movies. They were a big part of my childhood though.

  • Neha

    That facts are amazing, really. I am amazed by the payment of $20 per day for the Disney princess, Well, My favorite is Bella.

  • Anita Anderson

    Wow I didn’t know that Beyoncé was almost Tiana. Or that Walt Disney had a favorite princess.

  • Oh my gosh, I can’t believe Adriana Caselotti was only paid $20 to voice Snow White! It’s such a popular movie now. She should have definitely been paid way more money. And even though Disney featured the Pocahontas movie, the story isn’t entirely based on her life facts. I think that’s one very small gripe I have about Pocahontas. I also didn’t know Beyonce almost voiced Tiana. She would have been a good actress for the role.

    • Tracy Smith

      She wasn’t paid $20 for the ENTIRE movie…she was paid $20 PER DAY. At the time (1937) $20 was a decent wage.

      • Yes, I read the factoid you wrote about it being $20 per day. The way I phrased my sentence wasn’t correct. I meant getting paid $20 per day sounds so low. It still amazes me that $20 per day was considered a livable wage. It’s amazing how much things have changed over time. The reason why I said she should have been paid more is because Disney’s Snow White is now a popular Disney movie that I know generates way more money than it did in the late 30s. I wonder if Adriana (or her family) received any royalties later on.

        • gommer strike

          $20/day during the 1930’s would probably still have been low, but remember – this was during the ’30s. Also – royalty payouts would have been a very different thing especially for women during that era.

          So nope don’t count on royalties being paid out 80+ years later.

  • That’s some very interesting facts. My favorite Disney princess would have to be Cinderella too.

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