Brave’s Merida Becomes An Official Disney Princess

This post may seem a little random, but since I babysit my niece on Wednesdays, I thought it was appropriate to publish today. Plus, I have a close friend who loves to deliver quotes from the animated film in Merida’s voice. Yes, he’s a little odd 😉

Watch out Snow White, there’s a new Real Housewife princess in town. Disney announced the heroine from Brave will become the 11th Disney princess. Merida is the first character to receive the honor from a Disney/Pixar production and the second from a CGI-animated film. Her addition to the princess line-up will become official in a coronation ceremony at Cinderella’s Castle in the Orlando theme park on May 11. Who knew the whole ordeal was so regal?

Even though Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs hit theaters eons ago, the official Disney princess initiative didn’t begin until the early 2000s. Then-chairman Andy Mooney saw the lucrative potential of packaging the animated ladies as a brand. He certainly was correct. My niece is obsessed with all things Disney princess-y.

Before Merida joins Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel, she has to undergo a mild make-under. She’ll be un-3D-ified To fall in line with the rest of the ladies. Check out her new look below, along with the coronation of Rapunzel who was the most recent addition.

Rapunzel’s Coronation

Do you have any nieces or daughters? Are they fans of the Disney Princesses? Which Disney heroine is your favorite? Sound off below.

  • justin

    i have many mixed feelings about Disney with their sexist attitudes and negative gender stereotypes. merida might be one of the first Disney princess to break some cycles that past princesses have shown. so we will just have to see if Disney does something to change attitudes about gender.

  • RadaR

    @ justin

    well i think Disney did a GREAt job with MULAN. damn i always wanted to be bad-ass Mulan when i was a little gay kid:)

  • Hrxpig

    @justin I dont think they’re negative stereotypes, that’s just the way things were when those movies were done, they all have been evolving with time.

    Belle from Beauty and the Beast has always been my hero 🙂

  • GZeus

    My Mom’s name is Merida so that’s that.

  • rayvone

    I was thinking.. remember Meg from Hurcules? Why wasn’t she a princess? I mean, Hurcules was te son of Zeus who was the king of the gods (in the movie at least) which makes hurcules a prince and his girlfriend/wife (who he CHOSE to stay on earth with instead of turning into a full-on god like his mother and father btw) a princess? Like why doesn’t she count?