When you think of Disney, it's hard not to picture the many princesses and their classic stories. I remember Lily's "Frozen" phase vividly (I'm partial to Tiana myself — who doesn't love a good frog story?). From classics such as Cinderella and Snow White, to newcomers such as Moana and Rapunzel, each princess has a unique story and different ways to connect with others.
In honor of the princesses, Disney has started the Ultimate Princess Celebration with special merchandise, treats and more. Disney even debuted the first-ever World Princess Week this year from Aug. 23 to 29 to celebrate our favorite heroines! For a limited time, you can even hear a recorded message from one of the princesses by calling the Ultimate Princess Celebration Hotline at 1-877-703-4763.
One of the best parts of a trip to Disney World is getting to see these incredible princesses. It's a truly magical moment for tadpoles and frogs alike. Is your young princess or knight eager to meet their favorite royalty? Do you have a character you just have to say hi to? Read on for our froggerific guide to the princesses at Disney World!
All the Ways to Find Princesses at Disney World
When I think about finding the princesses at Disney World, I automatically think of character sightings, of course. There's just something magical about seeing the princesses in person as they're waving directly at you! But there are other ways the princesses and their influential presence may appear across the resort, whether it's an animatronic on a ride or a painting in a princess-themed hotel room.
Nowadays, you can count on seeing the princesses in cavalcades, flotillas and other socially distanced character sightings, since traditional character greetings have not yet returned. However, we feel like we see more princesses now than ever! And keep a close eye out — each princess has her own greeting style. Even waves can be unique to particular princesses.
If you want to see as many princesses as you can in one park, head to Magic Kingdom! You can see the majority of the Disney princesses through character cavalcades as they journey through Frontierland and down Main Street. To get your princess fix, don't miss the Royal Princess Processional, with Merida, Rapunzel, Tiana, Aurora, Mulan, Jasmine, Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, Elena and the Fairy Godmother. Catch our favorite voyager, Moana, in the Magic Kingdom Cavalcade. You can check the My Disney Experience app for cavalcade showtimes. Various characters may also randomly appear at the top of the train station in Main Street to allow for more interactions.
Did you know many of the princesses' stories originate from various countries around the world? You can meet the princesses throughout World Showcase at EPCOT, each one representing a part of a real-life culture. See Anna and Elsa at Norway, Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Jasmine in Morocco, and Aurora and Belle in France. These socially distanced meet-and-greets are not officially listed so you never know which characters you'll see pop up!
Pocahontas is one with the wilderness as the only princess at Disney's Animal Kingdom. She may be just around the riverbend as she randomly travels via boat. Sometimes Meeko even joins for an adventure! The boats travel around Discovery Island; we recommend trying to see them from the bridges into the different lands as well as most parts of Africa and Asia.
Princess Character Dining
Right now, character dining experiences are modified and slowly returning. The only currently available experience featuring any of the Disney princesses is Cinderella's Royal Table. Usually, several other princesses join her, but only Cinderella makes a socially distanced appearance at this time.
We are still waiting for the other princess-themed character dining experiences to return at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, 1900 Park Fare, Trattoria al Forno and Artist Point.
Rides Featuring Princesses at Disney World
You, too, can be a part of Ariel's world with Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. This slow-moving ride takes you through the whimsical scenes from the movie (and is a great way to beat the heat). Fans of Snow White will love a ride on the frog-favorite Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Be just like Jasmine in a whole new world on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin soaring around Adventureland. Or, see the story of "Frozen" unfold through a slow-moving boat ride on Frozen Ever After in Norway at EPCOT.
Shows Featuring Princesses at Disney World
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can see Anna and Elsa in “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at the Hyperion Theater. Get ready to "Let It Go" with this show for the whole family. Now this isn't just any "Frozen" sing-along. This fun and comical retelling of the events of "Frozen" will have all frogs laughing and singing along.
Additionally, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage has reopened at Hollywood Studios! This Broadway-style show takes you through Belle's iconic story, with plenty of musical fun! Although the show is marked a little differently now due to social distancing, we are so hoppy to see a tale as old as time again. Can't get enough of Belle? Sing all of your favorite tunes at the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in France over at EPCOT.
Princess Play Areas
New to Future World at EPCOT is Tiana's Playground! This play area has been re-themed for this chef extraordinaire and will be available during the Food and Wine Festival. It's a perfect spot for your very own royalty-in-training to burn off some energy.
While it's not a play area, little "Tangled" fans may enjoy the themed restrooms in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. You can even spot Rapunzel's tower from Frontierland! Look for wanted posters with familiar faces around the area.
Princess Theming in Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Are you staying at a Disney World Resort hotel? Slumber like Aurora in special princess-themed guest rooms at some of the hotels. Disney's Polynesian Village Resort recently underwent a major refurbishment, and now the guest rooms have a "Moana" theme. See if you can spot Moana, Maui and Hei Hei in the decor! At Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside, request a Royal Guest room, which highlights Tiana and her fellow princess friends. Over at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, stay in one of The Little Mermaid rooms and relax at the Flippin' Fins Pool.
Future Princess Projects
More exciting ways to connect with the princesses and their stories are headed our way in the future. The very first "Moana"-themed attraction will be part of EPCOT's ongoing transformation. Journey of Water will be a walkthrough experience with interactive elements. The plan to re-theme Splash Mountain into a "The Princess and the Frog" ride is still in the early stages of development. We will eventually be able to take a new journey alongside Tiana, which unfolds after the movie's final scenes.
Where to Find Each Princess at Disney World
Now that you know how you can see the princesses around Disney World, we've compiled this list so you know exactly where to find each princess.
- Cinderella: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom), Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)
- Snow White: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom), socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually Germany)
- Aurora: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom), socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually France)
- Belle: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom), socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually France), Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (Hollywood Studios)
- Jasmine: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom), socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually Morocco)
- Ariel: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom)
- Mulan: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom), socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually China)
- Pocahontas: Boat Promenade (Animal Kingdom)
- Merida: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom)
- Tiana: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom)
- Rapunzel: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom)
- Moana: Magic Kingdom Cavalcade (Magic Kingdom)
- Elsa: Socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually Norway), Frozen Sing-Along (Hollywood Studios)
- Anna: Socially distanced meet-and-greet (EPCOT; usually Norway), Frozen Sing-Along (Hollywood Studios)
- Elena: The Royal Princess Processional (Magic Kingdom)
Note that with the popularity of "Frozen," we even made a separate guide just on finding our favorite Arendelle sisters, Elsa and Anna!
Sweet Treats in Honor of the Princesses
Savor lots of drinks and treats worthy of royalty with lots of princess-themed goodies at Disney World! We are always amazed at how Disney food can be such works of art. They're almost too pretty to eat ( ... almost)! Each of the four parks, Disney Springs and many of the resorts are offering specialty items. Treat your adventurer to the Moana Cupcake at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Cool down under the sea with the fin-tastic Mermaid Slushy in Fantasyland. And dine inside Cinderella Castle for a treat at Cinderella's Royal Table. Some offerings are only for a limited time and are subject to availability.
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Time to be as swift as a coursing river with the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Taking place every spring, this runDisney event celebrates the kindness and courage of the many Disney princesses. With varying race lengths from 5K, 10K and half marathon (or try the Fairy Tale Challenge if you're up for running 19.3 miles in two days), there is something for beginner and advanced runners alike. Have you ever wanted to run through Disney World? Now you can, and some of the races take you straight through Cinderella Castle! Just don't be like Cinderella and keep both shoes on.
With rare character greetings along your route, themed medals and more, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is a perfect way to celebrate the princesses. The next Princess Half Marathon is Feb. 24 to 27, 2022, and registration is now available.