Get ready to dig out your Tangled DVD, because that bad boy is going to be in heavy rotation again.
Disney has announced that Rapunzel is the latest princess officially joining the Disney Princess court. And what’s more royal than Kensington Palace where the UK’s own real-life Princess Kate (and several other princesses throughout the centuries) lives?
Disney says it’s thrilled to welcome Rapunzel as the tenth princess with a star-studded ceremony in London.
According to Disney’s website, “all ten Disney Princess characters will be there, joined by VIPs, celebrities and little princesses from around the globe. The festivities will include a procession through Hyde Park, party activities and an amazing welcoming ceremony.”
So mark October 2nd as the day Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White, Tiana and the world gathers to officially welcome Disney’s newest princess to the family.
So what does officially becoming a Disney Princess mean?
“Once Rapunzel becomes an official member of the Disney Princess court, she will be celebrated and recognized as such across Disney, and will be included in all Disney Princess products featuring multiple characters, in addition to her own merchandise line. Plus, across all Disney Parks, Rapunzel will for the first time wear her royal tiara, stolen from the kingdom by Flynn Rider in the Tangled film,” said Mary Beech, vice president of girls franchise development and marketing at Disney Consumer Products.
Interestingly, Tangled is now one of the top ten grossing Disney movies of all time ahead of Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Cars and Toy Story 2. I wonder if Disney still has plans to pull back on the princess franchise?
My daughter is only two and hasn’t yet become princessified. I’m kind of hoping she bypasses the whole thing and keeps playing with her dinosaurs. Probably wishful thinking, right? Anyway, while scouting around the net, boning up on my princess knowledge I came across a fascinating tidbit that you may not know: According to Mommyish.com Disney Princesses never make eye contact. Here’s why:
Peggy Orenstein, noted authority on girls issues, when she mentioned that all the Disney princesses, when pictured together, don’t acknowledge one another — they’re always looking away from one another or directly at the camera. The reason for this, Orenstein explains, is that Roy Disney, senior executive and nephew to Walt Disney, was against the mass marketing of the Disney princesses outside of their respective stories. Because Disney still wanted to capitalize on the marketing of the princess, Roy consented as long as the ladies are not aware of one another.
Can you find a single picture where this isn’t true? I sure can’t.
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