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Back in 1999 whilst attending Disney on Ice for the first time, the new president of the companies consumer products, Andy Mooney discovered that there were plenty of girls in princess dresses, however, none of them franchised by Disney.
He pushed to have a new line introduced to make some of the females leads in the films made into their line called Princess Line. Those Disney princesses who made this line went on to become a huge sensation, with several unique creations coming out from the franchise including dolls, music and more.
Whilst there was no one princess who was the first Disney princess, the original line up of Disney princesses included Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tinker Bell. However, Tinker Bell the fairy was soon removed from the lineup and instead became a leader of the sister franchise Disney fairies.
Once Tinker Bell was no longer part of the Disney princess franchise, Tiana was added to the line up in 2010, her coronation took place at the New York Palace. Following this Rapunzel was crowned and entered into the line up in 2011 at Kensington Palace in London. Then it was Merida's turn in 2013 who also had a coronation ceremony in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Most recently back in 2019, Moana joined the line up of Disney princesses.
A Disney princesses becomes part of the line up after either being born into royalty or marrying a prince. The current line up consists of Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida and Moana. Fans often ask why Anna and Elsa are not Disney princesses. This is due to the immense success of 'Frozen' and 'Frozen 2' at the box office. These hugely successful films deserved their own franchise, with Elsa and Anna as the Disney characters at the head of it, excluding them from becoming official Disney Princesses.
With all of this information in mind, we have decided to share with you our top 10 picks for Disney princess gifts for your little princess or princess to enjoy.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Although Kidadl highly recommends all of these lovely Disney Princess gifts, our top pick is based on value, entertainment and the fantastic concept of the product.
1. Disney Store Ariel's Palace Playset
For a set which is a great price and offers hours of fun we love this Ariel's Palace Playset. The set is inspired by 'The Little Mermaid' and it includes 10 pieces including Ariel, King Triton's Palace, Coral, Flounder, a mystery figure and more. This Disney princess set features a princess doll house, which has an easy to grip handle, to allow your child to quickly move around the home or out and about with this set. Part of the Disney Animators Collection Littles, this playset is suitable for children who are three years and older.
- Price: £13
- Age: 3+
- Easy to travel with
- Can be wiped easy
Best For Disney Princess Dolls
2. Disney Princess Toddler Moana Doll
If your toddler is an avid Disney Princess fan, then this Moana doll is a beautiful gift. Disney toddler dolls are great for developing hand-eye coordination and encouraging sharing. With a flower clip which your child can wear as well as Moana, there are hours of play to be had with this lovely princess doll. She stands at 14" tall so you can expect lots of fun with this larger than life toddler toy. Be sure to check out the other Disney dolls for Toddlers, if your child isn't a fan of Moana as they're all great!
- Price: £20
- Age: 3+
- Cute Disney doll
- Moana is wearing her signature outfit
Best For Princess Jasmine Fans
3. Disney Store Princess Jasmine Classic Doll
Another wonderful doll for a gift is this Princess Jasmine doll. With her long black hair, classic dress, elegant shoes and even a clip-on pendant for your child to wear too, Princess Jas is the ideal pick for any child. The doll arrives in a wonderful window box, so your child can see Jasmine straight away! This is a high quality doll inspired by the film 'Aladdin', and your child is going to love playing with the princess. If your child isn't a fan of 'Aladdin', why not take a look at the alternative Disney princess dolls such as an Ariel mermaid doll or a Tinkerbell doll which would work as part of any game?
- Price: £13.95
- Age: 3+
- 28cm tall
Best For Play Time
4. Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Play & Go Castle
Children can create their own Disney Princess adventures with the play and go castle from Fisher-Price. Featuring Disney figurines which make the perfect princess toys, this toy is ideal for toddlers and little children as it encourages imaginative play. There are two sides of the playset so that your child can spin around their favourite princess on the dance floor, which is operated by turning the dial, and figures can also slide down the 'water' slide on the other side of the castle. Alongside these exciting features, there is a pull-out stable to feed the animals and a clock spinner too. The playset comes with Cinderella and Ariel figures so kids can begin to have adventurous play straight away. That's not all, the playset offers plenty of hidden surprises too, and when your child has finished playing, you can pop the figures inside, and it close it ready for storing away using the easy to carry handle. Whether your child is a fan of either of the princesses or just loves Disney in general, they're going to adore this princess castle gift.
- Price: £30
- Age: 1-5 years
- Lots of game ideas from this set
- Great princess toys for small kids
Best For Creativity
5. Disney Store Disney Princess Art Kit
We love this creative art kit as it features some of the best princesses on the front, and is a beautiful art gift packed into a lovely case with three sections, which are filled to the brim with exciting art supplies. Ready for your kids to create some of their wildest dreams, thanks to this royally unique princess gift! Whether your kids love to paint, draw, colour or explore a bit of everything, this set will be a dream come true. If you're looking for Disney presents to encourage creativity as well as learning new skills, then you will love this art set. It is one of the perfect princess gift to choose, a lovely pick for your little prince or princess to get creative with.
- Price: £20
- Age: 2+
- 89 piece set
Best For Families On A Budget
6. Claire's Disney Princess Charm Bracelets
If your little princess loves Disney jewellery, then they will love these princess charm bracelets. It is the perfect gift for your little princess to share with friends as friendship bracelets, or she can keep them all and wear them with different coloured outfits. Each bracelet is made up of round and hexagonal beads with a heart charm featuring either Belle, Cinderella or Rapunzel. A great princess gift for fans of Disney princesses, these bracelets are Disney licensed so make wonderful gifts and are a lovely first piece of jewellery for your kids. These are great alternative to Belle toys or general Disney princess toys.
- Price: £5
- Age: 3+
- Pack of 3
Best For Princess Shoes
7. Disney Store Cinderella Light-Up Costume Shoes For Kids
Bring your child's princess dreams to life with these gorgeous Disney princess dress up shoes, which light up with every step! The shoes are based on the story of Cinderella and her glass slipper, so your child can play as Cinderella in their own shows or even create a whole new character, there are so many exciting ways your child can enjoy these princess shoes. Like a pair of shoes, these are safe to wear around the house and even outdoors for short periods of time. They have textured non-slip soles and, although they have a slight heel, this is supported by a platform. If your little princess is looking for the best princess gifts, these shoes should be at the top of their list.
- Price: £16
- Age: 2+
- 4 x CR1632 batteries are included
Best For Fancy Dress
8. Matalan Kids Disney Princess Ariel Fancy Dress Costume
If your children are looking to dress up as a princess for a special day or all year round, then this Ariel princess dress is the perfect present for your little princess. With hours of fun to be had in their own make believe sea kingdom, your kids will be so excited to show off their fashionable mermaid dress! The dress, which is made from shimmering aqua blue and lilac fabric, curves into a fishtail silhouette with additional ruffle detailing. It really is a flawless look for any little princess. If your child is looking for princess gifts, then they'll love this product, one of the best Disney inspired princess dresses from Matalan. Why not allow your little princess to get all dressed up in this, to show off their princess toys and play a game with them to inspire their imaginative play?
- Price: £16
- Age: 3-9 years
- Sponge wipe clean only
Best For Rapunzel Fans
9. Disney Store Rapunzel Light-Up Wand
Disney gifts are perfect for any fan of the franchise, especially for kids who are huge fans of role playing games. If your child owns a princess dress and you want to upgrade it and make it that little bit cooler, why not grab one of these Disney Store wands? Your child will love this gift fit for a princess as the wand toys light up and make sounds too. These added features allow for your child to feel magical and take control of their destiny using the magic button built into the handle!
- Price: £11
- Age: 2+
- Includes magic powers!
Best For Lego Fans
10. LEGO Disney Belle's Storybook Adventures
If your kid loves 'Beauty & The Beast' and Lego, this is the perfect game for them. It is a gift which both boys and girls will love. The Lego set is stored inside a handy portable case that looks like a yellow book to match Belle's dress. The set features two detailed micro-dolls in the form of Belle (Disney princess favourite) and The Beast (who can transform into Prince Adam!) Your child will find The Beast's castle in the middle with sticker sheets to decorate both sides of the book, to give your child an incredible element of personalisation on this Disney storybook. If you're not sure on which gift to get your child, this is surely one of the best Disney gifts for those who love princess toys.
- Price: £17.97
- Age: 5+
- Involves assembly, however, it is easy to put together
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