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What ages are the Disney Princesses – including Moana, Elsa and Anna?

Think of the Disney Princesses: a dozen or more independent young women each with a story to tell, despite their tender youth. Immortalised forever on the big screen, the Disney Princesses will always stay in our memories as young ladies – but exactly how old are the Disney Princesses?

The ages of the Disney Princesses might be a topic that comes up as the kids get older and want to know more about their favourite screen stars, or perhaps it’s something you’ve always wondered yourself. Either way, a little research via Google would suggest that you’re not alone.

There’s a lot of speculation around Disney Princess ages – so much, in fact, that experts have worked out the ages of all 12 of the Disney Princesses, as well as more recent additions to the line-up like Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

So, if you want to satisfy some burning questions about the ages of the Disney Princess ages, or perhaps pass on the information to some little fans of these famous females, keep reading.

Do the Disney Princess ages matter?

It isn’t completely clear from the Disney films just how old most of the princesses are, and it’s thought that this could well be intentional.

We can make some assumptions about the princesses’ ages; most are seeking independence, some rebel against their parents and many experience first love and even marriage, so we can safely assume that the princesses are at least teenagers, but exact ages are ambiguous.

It could be the case that Disney wanted viewers to come to their own conclusions about the age of each leading lady in the Disney Princess franchise.

Leaving out age details makes Ariel, Snow White, Moana and the other princesses more relatable to a broader age range. Fans of the princesses can engage with their stories and identify with Tiana, Pocahontas, Aurora and the rest without an age difference making them feel less relatable.

How old are the Disney Princesses now?

As society has changed, so too has the average age of the modern Disney Princesses.

The first Disney Princess film, Snow White, was released in the 1930s. Snow White both found love and got married – not something all that typical of teenagers in today’s society.

The Disney Princesses of the modern day are that little bit older and, just like young women growing up today, more independent and less likely to count love and marriage as their sole goals. Disney has changed its ideologies to reflect what’s now acceptable in contemporary society.

So, without further ado, let’s find out the ages of the Disney Princesses – see if you guessed them all correctly!

How old is Snow White?

We see Snow White as a teenager in the film, which was the first to launch in the Disney Princess franchise back in 1938. Snow White’s age isn’t mentioned in the film, but she’s actually the youngest of all the Disney Princesses at just 14.

How old is Cinderella?

Cinderella was released in 1950 and depicts the princess first as a child while her backstory plays out. For the majority of the film, Cinderella is a young woman – her age is 19.

How old is Jasmine?

In the film Aladdin, Princess Jasmine is seen as a feisty teenager in search of independence. A coming of age story, researchers have put Princess Jasmine’s age at 15, considering that she was due to marry the following year after her 16th birthday.

How old is Ariel?

Ariel is one of the few princesses to reveal her age as the film plays out. In a scene in The Little Mermaid during which Ariel and her father have a heated argument, Ariel declares that she is 16 and “not a child anymore”.

How old is Mulan?

Based on a Chinese legend, the film Mulan was released in 1998 and follows the story of a teenage girl who conscripts on behalf of her elderly father. Mulan is believed to be 16 years old.

How old is Belle?

In Beauty and the Beast, the studious Belle dreams of excitement outside her little French village. Thought to be just 17, Belle’s life changes forever when she meets the beast, although some reports suggest that she’s actually in her early 20s.

How old is Aurora?

At the beginning of Sleeping Beauty, we see Aurora as a baby, receiving gifts from the good fairies of the land – along with an evil curse. The story follows Aurora as she approaches her 16th birthday, when the spell says she will die before the sun sets.

How old is Pocahontas?

The character of Pocahontas is based on a real figure from history, thought to have been aged about 10 – 12 when colonists arrived at the tribe’s home in Virginia. In the film, Pocahontas is depicted as a young adult, around the age of 18.

How old is Tiana?

It’s difficult to know for sure how old Tiana is but in the movie The Princess and the Frog, she has a waitressing job and supports herself to be independent. Based on how she’s depicted in the film, sources put Tiana’s age at about 19.

How old is Rapunzel?

The star of Tangled, Rapunzel speaks about turning 18 in the film. After Rapunzel escapes from the captivity enforced by Mother Gothel, and witnesses floating lanterns at a festival, it becomes apparent that it’s Rapunzel’s 18th birthday.

How old is Merida?

In the film Brave, we learn early on that the main character Merida is a teenager. Merida must choose a suitor at the age of 16 and her story follows her as she rebels against the rules in search of independence.

How old is Moana?

Set in Polynesia 3,000 years ago, Moana shows a young girl who pushes boundaries for the greater good of her island. During the film, Moana transitions from a child to a teenager, aged 16 – the actress who plays Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, confirmed her character’s age in an interview.

How old are Elsa and Anna?

The stars of Frozen, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, are sisters who, along with their friends, seek to reverse the infinite winter that afflicts their home. In Frozen, Elsa is 21 and Anna is 18. In Frozen II, both are a few years older – Elsa is 24 and Anna is 21.

Disney Princess character clothing at Brand Threads

Regardless of their ages, the Disney Princesses continue to inspire fans young and old, generation after generation.

We’re big fans ourselves here at Brand Threads, which is why we’ve got a wonderful range of Disney Princess pyjamas, nighties, T-shirts, swimsuits – and more!

From organic cotton T-shirts for kids to Disney Princess snuggly fleece pyjamas, there’s something for everyone in the Brand Threads wardrobe – take a closer look at our Disney Princess character clothing for kids.