These spectacular Disney princess movies feature amazing princesses that run the gamut from damsels in distress to modern girls who prefer to play by their own rules. Like kids everywhere, they each have their own special qualities we love. Below, check out our top 11 Disney princesses (and their respective movies) and see why we feel they’re so awesome. Which princess is your—sorry, your child’s—favorite?
The best Disney princess movies for kids
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Tiana knows the value of hard work to make her dreams a reality. Unlike her best friend Charlotte, who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Tiana knows that in order to achieve her goal of opening up a restaurant in New Orleans she has to put in the time, sweat and tears. But we also love that she genuinely cares about her BFF and doesn’t let their socioeconomic differences get in the way of their friendship. A special shout-out to Charlotte who is just as happy for Tiana when the prince she was set to marry ends up falling for Tiana instead; this film keeps you on your toes all the way through.
Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
She’s the odd one out in her village (we've all been there), but she’s too busy reading and educating herself to care about the vapidness around her. You go girl! When the other women are busy fawning over the hunky Gaston, she couldn’t be any less interested in giving him the time of day. Instead, she longs to expand her horizons and bust out of the tiny town she’s stuck in. In the end, she’s able to see past the Beast’s grotesque exterior to realize he’s just a sweet guy with lots of baggage.
Tired of having to hide her true self in order to fit in as Queen, Elsa goes off and sees what she’s really capable of on her own—some amazing building construction. Talk about liberation! Still, she immediately returns home once she sees the trouble she’s left behind and understands that she has to make things right again.
Gender roles don’t sit well with Mulan. Instead of acting and looking like a "proper lady" eager to get hitched, she disguises herself as a man to join the army in place of her ailing father in order to defend against a Hun invasion. Later she proves that sometimes the best man for the job is a woman. This flick comes complete with great morals and plenty of adventure.
Rapunzel’s productivity skills are on point. Sure, it’s due to severe boredom from being stuck high up in that tower, but at least she puts her time and creativity to good use: painting, playing guitar, sewing, reading, sketching, knitting, paper maché, pottery, ventriloquy...you name it. She’s also a huge dreamer and even though she’d never ventured out on her own before, she still takes a leap of faith to pursue a lifelong birthday wish.
Pocahontas is not afraid to stand up to the foreigners and teach them what really matters in life. It’s not about exploring and conquering, it’s about having respect for the earth and the rest of the people who inhabit it (heck yeah!)…and painting with all the colors of the wind.
Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Ariel could have had it so easy swimming around her underwater kingdom with her mighty father, sisters and collection of thingamabobs, but she knew she wanted something more. Not only that, but she was willing to step outside of her comfort zone to find it. If that isn't leading by example, we don't know what is.
Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
Even though she’s in hiding because her evil stepmother wants to kill her out of jealousy, the ever-optimistic Snow White manages to find the silver lining by singing with the animals, dancing around and being a kind caregiver to seven hardworking little dwarves. Kindness is key—and we love Snow White for that.
Prepare yourselves for one bada$$ chick with a killer aim. Merida easily outmatches her suitors in a target challenge for her hand in marriage and she isn’t willing to fall back for the sake of seeming like a more appealing princess. She’s young and rebellious like most teen girls are, but in the end, her bravery saves her mom’s life. And in the midst of all the adventure, she proves that she can handle herself just fine without the help of a man. Also, we’re all for mother-daughter bonding.
Jasmine wasn’t willing to submit to her father and society’s demands that she choose a suitor for marriage. She wanted to find and marry someone she actually loved instead of the stream of guys eager to shower her with riches and fake affection. I guess her tiger Rajah was pretty enviable, too.
Anna might be a little ditzy and way too easy to scam, but at the end of the day, she loves her sister unconditionally and will sacrifice everything to save Elsa’s. After losing their parents at sea, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and unanswered calls to bond with her older sister. In the end, this annoying little sister comes through. We're proud of her.