Disney Princess is a Walt Disney Company franchise, based on fictional characters who have been featured as part of the Disney character line-up. The six original members of the franchise were Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle and Jasmine, who were later joined by Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel. The franchise has released dolls, sing-along videos and a variety of other girls' products, apparel, home decor and a variety of toys featuring the Disney Princesses. Rapunzel, one of the lead protagonists of Tangled, was inducted into the line-up as the 10th princess on October 2, 2011.
In early 1999, when Andy Mooney was hired by Disney's Consumer Products division to help combat dropping sales, the idea for the Disney Princess franchise was born. Soon after joining Disney, Mooney attended his first Disney on Ice show. While waiting in line, he found himself surrounded by young girls dressed as princesses. "They weren’t even Disney products. They were generic princess products", he mused. Soon after realizing the demand, the Disney Princess line was formed.
Despite limited advertising and no focus groups, the various Disney Princess items released became a huge success. Sales at Disney Consumer Products rose from $300 million in 2001 to $3 billion in 2006.
Snow White, originally voiced by Adriana Caselotti, is the first Disney Princess and made her debut in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Cinderella, originally voiced by Ilene Woods, is the second Disney Princess and made her first appearance in Cinderella (1950).
Aurora, originally voiced by Mary Costa, is the third Disney Princess, and first appeared in Sleeping Beauty (1959).
Ariel, voiced by Jodi Benson, is the fourth Disney Princess and first appeared in The Little Mermaid (1989).
Belle, voiced by Paige O'Hara, is the fifth Disney Princess and first appeared in Beauty and the Beast (1991).
Jasmine, voiced by Linda Larkin with vocals provided by Lea Salonga, is the sixth Disney Princess and first appeared in Aladdin (1992).
Pocahontas, voiced by Irene Bedard with vocals provided by Judy Kuhn, is the seventh Disney Princess and first appeared in Pocahontas (1995). She and Mulan are the only Disney
Princesses based on actual historical people.
Mulan, voiced by Ming-Na with vocals provided by Lea Salonga, is the eighth Disney Princess and first appeared in Mulan (1998). She and Pocahontas are the only Disney Princesses based on actual historical people.
Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, is the ninth Disney Princess and first appeared in The Princess and the Frog (2009).
Rapunzel voiced by Mandy Moore, is the tenth Disney Princess who first appeared in Tangled (2010). Rapunzel was "officially welcomed into the Disney Princess Royal Court" during a promotional event at Kensington Palace in London on October 2, 2011.
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