The best Disney princess movies for kids

Fairy godmothers, princes in disguise and fairy tale magic make these Disney princess movies perfect for movie nights
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Disney princess movies never fail to enchant us with tales of far-away kingdoms, princes in disguise and evil witches lurking in the shadows. Take a tour through the characters that have brought magic into our—and our children’s—lives time and time again. Then, grab the popcorn and settle in for a fantastic journey with these Disney princess movies. A wish is a dream your heart makes...

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The best Disney princess movies for kids

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The Princess and the Frog

When a financially unstable prince arrives in New Orleans intent on marrying the richest girl there, Charlotte La Bouff, he falls into a trap set by local voodoo witch doctor Dr. Facilier. Prince Naveen is cursed and turned into a frog, a spell he can only break with the kiss of a princess. Except he finds Tiana, Charlotte’s best friend and aspiring restaurateur, and upon kissing her turns her into a frog as well! The pair must make their way through the seedy bayou, fending off evil spirits, in search of a kiss from Charlotte, the princess of the Mardis Gras Parade. 

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Beauty and the Beast

Belle is the odd one out in her village and spends her days dreaming of far off places and a prince in disguise. When her father is captured by a mysterious beast in a castle in the woods, Belle takes his place and soon realizes that her storybook fantasies might be more real than she thought. In the end, she’s able to see past the Beast’s grotesque exterior and into the heart of the sweet guy that lurks underneath.

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Frozen

After a close call while playing with her little sister Anna, Elsa is forbidden from using her magical ice-making abilities from the world and her sister’s memory of this magic is erased. Elsa retreats into her bedroom despite her sister’s constant pleas to come out and play—even when their parents die in a horrible accident at sea—but is force to finally come out of seclusion for her coronation. But she’s unable to control her powers during the ball and accidentally shrouds the kingdom of Arendelle in a never-ending snowstorm. Anna must go off in search of her sister, who’s banished herself from the kingdom, in order to save Arendelle and prove to her sister just how strong their bond truly is.

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Mulan

Instead of acting and looking like a "proper lady" eager to get hitched, Mulan 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.

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Tangled

Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from her crib by a woman intent on staying forever young with the help of the princess’ magical long locks. Rapunzel grows up within the confines of her tower, always wishing she could explore the world and the lanterns that float outside her window. When her endless stream of creative activities no longer satisfies her, she ventures out with a tower thief and begins a journey to discover that the danger never lurked beyond the walls of her tower, but rather within them.

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Pocahontas

Foreign explorers arrive in Pocahontas’ village with no concern for the environment around them. Pocahontas teaches them that not everything can be owned and that we have a responsibility to respect all creatures great and small.

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The Little Mermaid

Ariel would love nothing more than to shed her fins and walk on land. The evil sea witch Ursula grants her this wish in return for her voice stating that she'll be able to sing again with the kiss of a prince. Ariel stumbles off in search of the prince she rescued when his ship sank, but when Ursula arrives on the scene, transformed as a beautiful woman with Ariel’s even more beautiful voice, Ariel must find a way to make herself heard.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White is the fairest woman of them all—and her evil stepmother, the Queen, will have none of it. As such, she sends her huntsman to kill the young princess, but he lets her go instead. Snow White discovers seven dwarves and takes up residence with the pint-sized miners. When the Queen learns that Snow White is still alive, she transforms herself into an old lady, finds the princess and gives her a poisoned apple. Seemingly dead, the dwarves mourn the loss of their beloved caretaker…until a prince breaks the spell with a kiss.

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Brave

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. A rebellious daughter who clashes with her mother, Merida eventually comes to her mother’s aid and proves that she can handle herself just fine without the help of a man. 

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Aladdin

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who strikes gold with the discovery of a magic lamp. A genie grants him the wishes to impress Princess Jasmine, but she isn’t interested in lavishness and royalty. Instead, it’s the person behind the gold and glory who takes a magic carpet ride straight into her heart.

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Moana

Moana, the daughter of her tribe’s chief, must take to the seas to break a curse that has descended upon Ancient Polynesia. She enlists the help of the once-fierce demigod Maui to battle creatures and survive the treacherous journey that will free her people.

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Cinderella

The ultimate princess story tells the tale of a girl mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters after her father passes away. Unable to attend a ball at the castle, Cinderella devotes her life to chores and tending to her family. But a fairy godmother arrives just in time to "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo" her an outfit and carriage to attend the ball. She leaves the prince entirely smitten when she runs off at the stroke of midnight and glass slipper is the only clue he has to find his mysterious beauty.

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Sleeping Beauty

A pin prick from a cursed spinning wheel sends Princess Aurora into a deep sleep. The only thing that can break the spell is the kiss from a prince, but until then the entire kingdom is put to sleep along with her. When her three fairy friends discover that Prince Phillip is the man to whom the princess was betrothed at her christening, they fend off the evil Maleficent and help the prince lift the spell cast over the sleeping kingdom.

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