Move over Rapunzel. The honor of being named the newest Disney Princess will soon go to Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award-winning film “Brave.”
Merida will officially become Disney’s 11th princess in a royal coronation, set to take place at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m.
All Magic Kingdom guests are invited to watch the Disney Princess coronation of Merida on May 11, 2013 at Cinderella Castle, but should be aware that Disney’s own cameras will be recording the event and will likely be blocking off a large area directly in front of the castle.
UPDATE (5/11/13) – Merida has become the 11th Disney Princess! Here is the full royal coronation ceremony at Walt Disney World:
Click here for a gallery of photos and more video from the event.
The “Brave” princess is the first to join the line-up from the world of Pixar, though she is getting an artistic
makeover new look on some merchandise to match the new Disney Princess look seen on a broad array of merchandise, as seen here, moving away from the 3D computer-generated look from her film.
UPDATE: To clarify, a Disney spokesperson has reached out to emphasize that they have “many style guides from which merchandise is made from, so some images of Merida may be in 2D and some may still be 3D – it all depends on the product and what type of art is most appropriate.” She gave the examples that the 3D rendered version could be used on a backpack, while the 2D imagery seen here might be used on bedding.
She will be joining existing Disney Princesses Snow White, Mulan, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel in the line, all of whom are to make an appearance at the coronation.
UPDATE (5/10/13): In a new Q&A, Disney Consumer Products asks “Brave” producer Katherine Sarafian about how Merida fits in with the other Disney Princesses:
Q: All of the Disney Princess characters have their own, special inner qualities. What qualities does Merida bring to the Disney Princess royal court?
A: Merida is an adventurer and a warrior. She fights her battles, advocates for what she believes in and asserts her point of view. She adores her family, her horse Angus and her sport, archery. Merida refuses to let others tell her who she is. These are such relatable qualities for girls today. I love that there is room for all kinds of girls in the royal court, all of which are inspiring role models. Merida is unlike any of the other Disney princesses we’ve seen.