Who was the first Disney Princess?

Disney Princesses are enduringly popular. Indeed, over time Disney are adding more and more princesses to the line-up and there are now eleven official Disney Princesses. For example, in recent years they’ve introduced their first non-white and non-European princesses. But who was the first Disney Princess?

Who was the first Disney Princess?

The Disney Princess franchise was created in the early 2000’s. There were eight princesses in the original line-up, these being:

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Aurora
  • Ariel
  • Belle
  • Jasmine
  • Pocahontas
  • Mulan

So in a sense, all of these can be counted as original Disney Princesses. However, each of these princesses was given a number when the franchise was created. The princess who was given the number one spot was Snow White.

This makes sense because Snow White was the very first princess to appear in a Disney movie. She first appeared in the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie which was released in 1937.

So the first Disney Princess, both in terms of being listed as number one in the franchise and of being the first to appear in a movie, was Snow White.

Snow White was the first Disney Princess.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Disney’s first animated feature film, and indeed the very first cel animated feature film ever released.

Later additions

Since the creation of the Disney Princess franchise, a further three princesses have been added. These are:

  • Tiana
  • Rapunzel
  • Merida

Merida has the distinction of being the first Pixar character to be added to the franchise.

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