The Disney princesses form a mega-franchise loved by little girls (and some grown women!) everywhere, but there’s more to them than sparkly shoes and pretty dresses. Every Disney woman had a vast amount of work put into her creation. You may not know these 40 things about the most beloved princesses and their movies, but those are the little details that helped make them so popular.
40. Mulan is the only non-royal princess
All other Disney princesses either were born royalty or married into it. The characters who don’t call themselves “princesses” – Pocahontas and Moana – still are technically royalty among their communities, as they’re both daughters of a chief. Mulan is the one exception. She’s an imperial consul, married to a general, but Disney counts her as a princess nonetheless.
39. Jasmine was the first princess to have two voice actresses
Linda Larkin was cast as Jasmine before “A Whole New World” was added to Aladdin. She told Media Mikes in 2010, “When they added the song they came to me and asked, ‘Do you sing?’ And I said, ‘I do… but not like a princess!’ And they said, ‘No problem, we’ll find a singer to match your voice.’” That ended up being Lea Salonga. “That opened up the world of Disney animation to everybody. They no longer needed actors who sang,” Larkin said.