VIDEO: BRAVE’s Merida Disney Princess Coronation Ceremony

Merida, the heroine from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, officially became a Disney Princess today on the forecourt stage of Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom.  Merida joined Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, and Rapunzel.  Continue reading for video of the complete coronation ceremony that included appearances by Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Gabby Douglas and Merida’s mother Queen Elinor.

Merida Joins the Disney Princess Royal Court

Merida Joins the Disney Princess Royal Court, photo by Gregg Newton, courtesy Walt Disney World resort © Disney. All Rights Reserved

On May 11th, 2013 The Walt Disney Company coronated their 11th Disney Princess with an exquisite ceremony in front of Cinderella Castle.  The event was not publicized much and many visitors entering the Magic Kingdom were just finding out that for the first time ever, all 11 Disney Princesses would be sharing a stage together.

The Disney Princess Royal Court

The Disney Princess Royal Court, photo by Gregg Newton, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort © Disney. All Rights Reserved

 

Prior to the ceremony, Sophia Grace and Rose, the sassy little lady duo from ELLEN appeared on stage without much of an introduction. Without greeting the crowd, they broke into an awkward rap and left.

Everyone within my ear shot was questioning what had just happened.  Texts to and from friends of mine shared similar feelings.  After looking at the video, I can’t help but conclude that the two talking a bit about Merida and greeting the crowd would have went over better.

Then U.S.A. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas and her mother took the stage in a touching mother daughter moment.

Before long, the ceremony began with all the Disney Princesses taking the stage and each having their moment in front of the crowd.  The music swelled and Princess Merida, well I guess just Merida at this time, came riding in on a horse.  She looked fantastic.

Merida Joins the Disney Princess Royal Court

Merida Joins the Disney Princess Royal Court, photo by Gregg Newton, courtesy Walt Disney World resort © Disney. All Rights Reserved

 

The proclamation was read and she was declared the 11th Disney Princess.  Her mother, Princess Elinor was adored by the crowd.  I hear it is the first time Princess Elinor has made an appearance in a Disney Park.

Merida Joins the Disney Princess Royal Court

Merida Joins the Disney Princess Royal Court, photo by Gregg Newton, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort © Disney. All Rights Reserved

 

The complete short coronation ceremony can be watched in the video below.

Editor’s Update May 12, 2013

In an interesting sidenote, Brenda Chapman, original co-director of Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, is not happy with the Disney Princess makeover Merida received.  In a statement to the Marin Independent Journal (her hometown newspaper), Chapman called redesign of the character based on her own daughter as “a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money.”  Chapman continued, “I forget that Disney’s goal is to make money without concern for integrity.  Silly me.”

So what do you think of Merida officially becoming Disney’s 11th Official Princess?  Are you excited?  Who do you think the next Disney Princess should be?  I have a feeling it might be Anna from the upcoming Disney animated film Frozen, but I guess time will tell.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!