* CashCowFranchise: Disney makes $4 Billion annually off of ''Disney Princess''.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Rapunzel has the most famous voice actress of all the princesses - pop star Music/MandyMoore. Mulan's actress Ming Na-Wen has retroactively become more famous through her high profile role in ''Series/AgentsOfShield''. Tiana is also voiced by Tony winner Anika Noni Rose. Merida is voiced by noted Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Despite Tiana merchandise flying off the shelves, ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' was a (relative) failure for Disney, which caused them completely change their marketing strategy for ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. Their reasoning: the movies only appeal to little girls. Despite Rapunzel being an official Disney Princess, this was completely downplayed and her movie was made out to be a ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''-like 3D animation romp. Since then, ''Tangled'' has done great at the box office, and Disney has said that they will not stop doing fairy tale movies.
** Brenda Chapman, co-director of WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}, [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/people-are-very-angry-that-disney-redesigned-merida-from-bra got very angry about the most recent redesign of the princesses]], especially Merida, who she felt had been redesigned to be HotterAndSexier. Merida, though, was later redesigned to resemble her movie appearance better.
* FollowTheLeader: Franchise/{{Barbie}}, in terms of the toys. Mattel is behind both doll franchises. Another Mattel property, ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'', also calls back to fairy tales and has many characters based on the princesses whose stories are covered in this line. (In fact, in EAH, princesses are a privileged social class, which seems to be inspired by the success of the Disney Princess line.)
* TheMerch: The very premise is to give girls official items for the princesses, when they weren't available before.
* NewerThanTheyThink: Despite the fact that Disney has been making movies featuring princesses since 1937, and featuring the princesses on TheMerch for their movies for years, the Disney Princess franchise itself was only introduced in 2000; that makes it younger than other Disney franchises such as ''Baby Einstein'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.
* OriginalCharacter: Technically Merida is this to the franchise, since she is the only heroine not based on a pre-existing source.
* StillbornFranchise:
** At least six new shorts were prepared for a direct-to-DVD series called ''Disney Princess Enchanted Tales'', but the ban on DirectToVideo Disney sequels killed the line after the first volume. As a result, only one Aurora short and one Jasmine short became available, and the ones for Belle, Mulan and Cinderella (as well as a second one for Aurora) might never see light of day. The original DVD of ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' contained a preview and a trailer for the unreleased Aurora tale, that show just enough clips for fans to piece together the storyline.
** A SpearCounterpart called Disney Heroes was planned to focus on many of the male protagonists (as well as other heroic characters like Disney/RobinHood and Disney/PeterPan) but fell through when the few action figures released sold poorly.
* [[TalkingToHimself Singing to Herself]]: Lea Salonga as the singing voices of Jasmine and Mulan. Oddly enough Salonga is replaced by Liz Callaway for the two ''Aladdin'' sequels before returning to sing for Jasmine and Mulan in TheMerch.
* [[HeAlsoDid They Also Did]]: Would you believe that Creator/HighImpactGames, which helped out with ''Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure'', also did ''[[{{Franchise/JakAndDaxter}} Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier]]''!?[[note]]It makes sense, though, as Jak himself is a prince.[[/note]] Not to mention the [[{{CanonDiscontinuity}} non-canon]] ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters'' and ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** ''SwanLake'', ''Bluebeard'', ''Rumpelstiltskin'', ''Aida'', and ''The Love For Three Oranges'' were each going to be made into a film at some point by Disney (although the first was eventually made into a non-Disney animated film, ''TheSwanPrincess''). Maybe their heroines would have been in this franchise.
** Giselle from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' was going to be given Disney Princess status as well, but Disney abandoned the idea when they realized they would have to secure life-long rights to the image of Creator/AmyAdams, Giselle's actress. Not to mention ''Aida'' got a Disney-supported stage musical.
** There have been occasional instances of heroines being shown in official merchandise. This includes Alice, Esmerelda, Megara, and Jane. Tinker Bell was also to be included, but she eventually got her own franchise, the DisneyFairies.
** [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Anna and Elsa]] were slated to join the line-up, but were dropped for multiple reasons:
*** For one thing, Elsa is a queen
*** The profitable nature of the ''Frozen'' franchise means it would be redundant to include either or both
* WordOfGod: According to Walt himself, the reason for the setting of ''Cinderella'' is because "that was a romantic period".
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