Nope. That’s the short answer. Surprisingly, the powerful Elsa and the determined Anna from Disney’s smash 2013 hit Frozen are NOT Disney princesses. As of 2019, there are only 11 official Disney princesses, and the Arendelle sisters did not make the list.
First, we must take a look at the official rules and regulations. To be a Disney Princess, you must go through five days of training, perfect the princess signature and be under the age of 30. By golly, wait a minute! Those are the requirements to work as a Princess cast member at a Disney Park!
Cast member regulations aside, there aren’t any hard and fast official rules for becoming a designated Disney Princess. Just ask Tinker Bell. The unofficial mascot of The Walt Disney Company was once a Princess with a capital “P”. But they kicked Tink out to headline her own franchise, Disney Fairies. Franchise? Yep, Disney Princess is actually a media franchise, not a canonical listing of characters who have appeared as daughters of Kings and Queens in animated Disney films. Turns out, that pretty pink label is a trademark.
The Disney Princess Franchise
At the turn of the millennium in the year 2000, the official line up of Disney Princesses only included – in order by movie debut – Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Tinker Bell. After they kicked out our favorite fairie, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida officially became part of the lineup. Despite blockbuster hits like Moana and Frozen, no one has been added to the Disney Princess franchise since 2013.
Arendelle’s royal sisters have, however, made appearances alongside “franchise official” princesses. They appeared in the action role-playing game Kingdom Hearts III and in the 3D computer-animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet. Additionally, visitors to Disney World can meet Queen Elsa and Princess Anna in person just as they would, for example, meet Belle and Jasmine. And yet, Elsa and Anna are still not officially a part of the Disney Princess franchise. We’ll tell you why.
As there are no official rules about who gets to be included in the Disney Princess franchise, it’s all speculation from here. Fans have long made assumptions regarding requirements, but The Walt Disney Company isn’t divulging any trademark secrets.
So, Why aren’t Elsa and Anna Disney Princesses?
Trumpets, please! We argue that Anna and Elsa TRANSCEND the Disney Princess franchise. Yes, Elsa is a queen — which doesn’t help her case. But we don’t think that’s the reason here! Much like Tinker Bell who helms the Disney Fairies, the royal Arendelle sisters lead their own Frozen line. The Frozen line is equal to if not greater than the 11 officially franchised Princesses. In terms of box office success alone, Frozen is officially the highest-grossing animated film. EVER. If Elsa and Anna were rolled into the official franchise, they would overshadow the other princesses. We also argue there’s no real benefit to slapping the Disney Princess logo on the ladies of Frozen. Where merchandise is concerned, supply already can’t keep up with demand!
Whether or not Anna and Elsa are officially designated as Disney Princess, the sisters are Princesses with a capital “P” in our hearts. And that’s what really matters. Regal Queen Elsa is altruistic and strong, and Princess Anna is optimistic and brave, regardless of whether or not they get a pink logo. As for the debate — cue the music — we’re going to let it go.