Everything Princess So Far on Disney+

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've probably heard about Disney's upcoming streaming service that plans to give Netflix a run for their money. I already signed up for a three-year subscription to Disney+ at the D23 Expo this year, but like most people, I will have to wait until November 12th before I can access it. That is not the case for the lucky residents of the Netherlands, who woke up this morning to a free trial of the service. They must have felt like they won the lottery as Dutch residents now have access to a vast library of Disney movies and shows spanning across generations. Word spread like wildfire about this, and many sources are already listing some of the content that is confirmed to be on the app now through the November 12th launch date. I made sure to gather as much information as I could about the princess-related content that was released in this trial. The biggest news is that the service has its very own "Princesses" section featuring Snow White, Tiana, Elena, Mulan, and Ariel on the header image.

The "Princesses" section of Disney+ looks like a one-stop shop for me. Not only does it feature both the original animated and live-action remake versions of the classic fairy tale Disney Princess movies, but it also includes various original live-action movies that aren't based on old fairy tales, such as The Princess Diaries and Disney Channel's Princess Protection Program. A full list of movies from the Disney+ trial in the Netherlands is available online right now. It appears that Disney has gone out of their way to include as many of their direct-to-video "cheapquels" as possible, yet some of their most famous princess movies are oddly absent, including The Princess and the Frog, Brave, and Enchanted. That doesn't necessarily mean that these movies will never be included in the app, as Disney+ has promised to regularly add content to the streaming service, but it is quite possible that they will not be included on the November 12th launch date. Another interesting thing about the movies on the app so far is that Tangled: Before Ever After, the premiere special of Tangled: The Series is listed as a movie, but the series itself is nowhere to be found. This comes as a big disappointment to many of the Tangled series fans who have been patiently awaiting the October 7th premiere of the third and final season because the first season is currently unavailable on the DisneyNOW app. Below is a complete list of princess movies available on the Netherlands trial of Disney+ leading up to the launch date on November 12th.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Cinderella (Animated & Live-Action)
Cinderella 2
Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time
Sleeping Beauty
The Black Cauldron
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid 2
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning
Beauty and the Beast (Animated & Live-Action)
Beauty and the Beast 2
Belle's Magical World
Return of Jafar
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Pocahontas 2
Mulan 2
Olaf's Frozen Adventure
Tangled: Before Ever After
Ralph Breaks The Internet
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2
Twitches Too
Ice Princess
Princess Protection Program
Into the Woods
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Disney has a much smaller roster for princess shows than movies, and I'm sorry to say that my sources informed me that Disney+ only contains two princess shows so far. Those shows are Elena of Avalor and The Little Mermaid: The Series. I am grateful to see The Little Mermaid listed because it was a staple of my childhood, and it's also nice to see Elena get represented on the header of the "Princesses" section. However, I am absolutely distraught that Sofia the First, one of my favorite shows of all time alongside Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, is not included in the Disney Junior or "Princesses" section at all. I thought that Sofia had made quite a name for herself in her time by being the first animated princess to interact with other Disney Princesses (unless you count the Kilala Princess manga). Not to include her on this app for the launch is a complete travesty, especially considering that the series is already available in full on Netflix and will likely be taken down on November 12th when Disney+ launches officially. Other princess shows excluded from the Netherlands trial include Aladdin: The Series, Tangled: The Series (as mentioned previously), and Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Hopefully, they will rectify this grave injustice as soon as possible. It is not fair to include so many princess movies and only two of their excellent animated princess shows.

The other princess feature in the app is the ability to customize a Disney character profile picture. Disney+ has spared no expense in this regard. It includes an incredibly wide range of Disney Princesses and princes to choose from. In fact, the only Disney Princess missing from the customizable avatars that I noticed was poor Sofia. Even Elena has her own icon, as well as Merida, despite her movie not being available on the app. I was always disappointed with the amount of customizable avatars on Netflix, so I'm grateful that Disney will allow users to show off whoever their favorite character might be. Plus, married women like me can now set up our husbands as a matching prince! It's no question who I'm going to pick when the app finally becomes available in the US. I already have an Ariel icon on my Disney Parks account, so it's only a matter of time before I add her to my Disney+ account as well.

All in all, I have mixed feelings about the Netherlands preview of Disney+. I'm thrilled to see plenty of representation for my favorite princess, Ariel, with all three of her movies and series. However, I wish the streaming platform included the first season of Tangled: The Series instead of just the premiere movie, and I'm also incredibly disappointed to see no trace of Sofia the First anywhere, including the profile pics. I know this only a trial version and the the app promises to launch plenty more content after its official release on November 12th, but I was hoping for just a little more princess magic by the launch date. Of course, I am very pleased that the princesses get their very own subsection on the menu as they deserve.


Legogirl8 said…
Im pretty sure that there's no need to worry about the famous/successful shows. They will be on Disney+ one day or another. And Sofie The First will probably be one of the first to be added to the rest that's been shown in the Netherlands.
It made me really happy to see that The Little Mermaid TV show will be there at the very beginning! I have not seen that show in years! I live in Sweden and the DVDs can't be found here and Imports from USA does not work in Europe.
Im also happy that the Disney afternoons shows will be on Disney+! Which means The Gummibears!! One of my favorite shows, that also has one of my favorite princesses in it, Princess Calla.
Then I've also heard rumors that Disney will put up the W.I.T.C.H cartoon! A show that also has a princess who's very important to the plot. If you have not seen the show, or read the comics it's based on, I highly recommend them! <3
Lisa Dawn said…
Thanks for stopping by. I have seen the first few episodes of WITCH, but I thought it was too similar to Winx Club and not appealing enough to hold my interest. Since I wrote this article, it has been confirmed that Sofia the First, Star vs. The Forces of Evil, Brave, The Princess and the Frog, and Tangled: The Series will be included by the November 12th launch date. The only princess show that will be missing at the time of the official launch is Aladdin: The Series. You can view that list here: https://www.studentproblems.com/the-full-list-of-disney-shows-and-movies-just-dropped-and-it-looks-incredible
Legogirl8 said…
You're welcome and thank you for the link! <3
I personally do not think WITCH is too similar to Winx but I can see where you are coming from. :)
I do not know how many episodes you watched but I think the further you get into the show the less it seems like Winx. The second and last season is not as good as the first and I think the comics are more fun.
Without needing to watch the show or to read the comics, you could always watch Negative Legends video "What Happened To WITCH" on youtube if you want to know more about it. :)

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