March is Woman’s History Month, and I’ve been watching a lot of Disney ranking videos on YouTube. That got me thinking–why don’t I rank all of the Official Disney princesses. I thought it would be perfect for this special occasion since the princesses are such iconic and strong female role models.
*Please keep in mind that the order of my list is my opinion and my opinion ONLY. I like all of the princesses. This list is just the order in which I like them. If you have a different order, I would love to see your lists, in the comments. As well, I will not be including Anna and Elsa or Raya in this list. Only the members of the official Disney princess lineup. Thanks! :)*
Okay, well I have got a lot to say, so let’s get right into it!
#12 – Aurora from Sleeping Beauty
To be honest, this was an easy placement. While yes, Aurora is sweet and kind, she has 19 lines throughout the whole film of Sleeping Beauty (I know–there’s a fun fact!) All she really does is talk to the fairies, frolic with the prince, prick her finger, and get awakened by a kiss. There’s nothing that stands out about her personality wise, because we don’t really get to know who she really is. She doesn’t really do much. Hence, I had to put her in last place.
#11 – Snow White from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
I must respect the fact that Snow White is the first Disney princess. However, the reason why she is so low on my list is very similar to Aurora; she is obviously very kind, particularly to her animal friends, but besides that, we really don’t get to see variety in her personality. And she sings, “Some day my prince will come,” without trying to do anything for herself. I tend to be drawn to more independent princesses. But considering that Snow White is from a 1937 film, when Disney was just beginning to make movies, she is an okay character.
#10 – Pocahontas
First off, let me say that I really like Pocahontas. She is very driven, bold, determined, and independent, all of which being characteristics that I admire. I absolutely adore her character design and how much wisdom she carries, even at her young age. While I remember watching this movie before, it was years ago, and it has never been one of my favorites. Pocahontas is a wonderful princess, but there are just some others that stand out to me more.
#9 – Cinderella
Here is the same pattern with other classic princesses–Cinderella definitely is a dreamer and a romantic at heart. What I really love about her is that she is sweet, spirited, hard-working, and regardless of her situation–having to work hand and foot for her stepmother and stepsisters after her father passes away—she still remains undoubtedly optimistic, respectful, and kind to others. She treats people how she wants to be treated, even if (and when) they are cruel. And in return, she becomes a princess. Very well deserved, if you ask me.
#8 – Jasmine from Aladdin
I’m not gonna sugar code it–Jasmine isn’t my favorite. But she has a lot of good values and morals. For example, while she does want to be a good queen for her subjects, she also doesn’t want to marry out of spite. Jasmine wanted to marry for love and love alone. She also cares deeply about her father and friends, and remains loyal to those that she loves. These are all aspects that I believe serve as a good role model for young girls.
#7 – Merida from Brave
Merida is extremely independent, which is one of the things I like most about her. While she can be a little quick on her decisions, some of which she began to regret, she has always loved her family. Her character isn’t the best, or most likeable, from the start. Although, throughout the movie Brave, Merida and her mother, Eleanor, change and learn to understand each other. Most characters have their quirks, and Merida is no exception. But Merida is completely content without needing to marry, especially at such a young age. She doesn’t dream about a fairytale, but she enjoys her life and her family as it is. To me, that is something to be respected.
#6 – Ariel from The Little Mermaid
Ariel is yet another dreamer. However, out of all of the classics, she is definitely one of my favorite princesses. Like me, I find her to be very artistic, smart and bubbly. She also makes the most of things that may seem like garbage to others, or in this case, humans, calling them “trinkets and gadgets.” Ariel has the ability to see a treasure in the smallest of objects. Although at some points in the movie, she is a bit naive, I admire how she has a “never give up” attitude that helped her achieve her goal. Besides, her singing voice (Jodi Benson) is absolutely fantabulous. Part of Your World is definitely on my list for my favorite Disney songs.
#5 – Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Let me start with the fact that Belle loves to read, and as a fellow book lover, I truly love that. Second off, she is smart, and beautiful. But Belle’s beauty doesn’t just shine through in her appearance. The whole theme of The Beauty and the Beast is about inner beauty, and Belle’s entire personality is a hint to the theme from the start of the film. Instead of marrying the most handsome man in the village (externally, not internally) she fell in love with a beast with a good heart. When it comes to role models, Belle is definitely one of the greatest.
#4 – Moana
I fell in love with this movie since 2016, the first time I saw it. The animation is fantastic, the songs are a bop, and the characters are amazing! Moana is no exception. Like Pocahontas, Moana is extremely driven, particularly by nature. Not only is she similar to me due to the fact that she is close with her grandmother, but she’s also so brave. Moana is one of my favorite Disney movies of all time, so it only made sense that Moana herself was at the top end of my list.
#3 – Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
Talk about role models LOL. Tiana has always been one of my favorite princesses, and she still is. I even have two posters from her movie hung up in my room. She isn’t looking for a man or even her rich best friend, Charlotte, to pay for her restaurant. She wants to achieve her goals with hard work, and even when she marries Prince Naveen–who had recently been cut off, financially, by his parents–she still uses the money that she has saved up with two part-time jobs to buy her dream restaurant. Tiana’s not just a princess. She’s a QUEEN!
#2 – Mulan
She saved her whole country. She brought honor to her family. She’s an icon! Besides the fact that Mulan is such a boss, she was so selfless to fight in a war and pretend to be a man in place of her ill father. Out of all the Disney princesses, Mulan has got to be one of the bravest. I mean, seriously, she saved her country, people!
#1 – Rapunzel from Tangled
Last but not least is my most favorite Disney princesses of all. To be honest, this spot can fluctuate over time, but there’s always been something about Rapunzel that has stood out to me. Even after she found out that the woman that she thought was her mother isn’t her mother, she still remained compassionate and kind to just about everyone around her. She’s optimistic, cheerful, and smart. Plus, her sidekick, Pascal, is one of my personal favorites.
While this list took a while to write, it was absolutely worth it. Disney princesses have been a huge part of my childhood and considering that I’m a Disney lover, will continue to be. Lists like this are super fun!
Okay, but now I’m curious; What are YOUR rankings of the Disney princesses, and/or who is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.
Have a beautiful and blessed day, y’all! Peace in! ✨