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Merida Crowned as the Eleventh Disney Princess at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 11th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new official Disney Princess!

Merida Coronated as the Eleventh Disney Princess at Magic Kingdom Park

Merida, the heroine from the Disney●Pixar film, “Brave,” was officially welcomed into Disney royalty earlier today in a ceremony held at Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

Presiding over the ceremony was Gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas, and of course, our Disney Princesses: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel, were in attendance.

Check out the video below to see the royal ceremony for yourself!

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Matthew on May 11th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Congratulations to Merida and, of course, the Pixar staff who created a character that resonates so strongly with the audience.


Mitchell from IL on May 11th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Wish my wife and I could have been there to witness this. Would have been another perfect day for kilt wearing at Disney World!


Michael on May 11th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

You mean “crowned”? 😉


Rochelle on May 11th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Where will Merida’s meet and greet area be? Will Queen Elinor appear there with her? My autistic daughter would LOVE a mother/daughter photo and autographs.


Kuleen on May 11th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I was lucky enough to attend this morning as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Despite the heat, I got goosebumps during the ceremony. It was absolutely incredible.


Tyler on May 12th, 2013 at 4:45 am

It was cool to see Merida’s mother there.


Evelyn from MA on May 12th, 2013 at 8:38 am

Coronated?? Maybe “Crowned” is a better word?


Brittney from AL on May 12th, 2013 at 8:56 am

This is great! Even my boys love Merida :)


Kelly on May 12th, 2013 at 9:34 am

I can’t believe I missed this! It was on the calendar, but then I had to attend a fundraiser.


Matt on May 12th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Coronated is used correctly here. My source is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

cor·o·nate transitive verb \ˈkȯr-ə-ˌnāt, ˈkär-\
cor·o·nat·ed cor·o·nat·ing

I would post the link, but I don’t think outside linking is allowed. 😉


Mickey on May 12th, 2013 at 11:15 am

Coronation is the official term for being crowned.


Victoria on May 12th, 2013 at 11:59 am

My favorite Princess!!! However, no such word as “Coronated” exists. Is this Disney speak?


Friend on May 12th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I’m wondering what has happened to my Princess of the Gypsies Esmeralda? I last saw her just a few years ago and have a Great picture of her. I hope she is brought back into the Kingdom once more.


Brian on May 12th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I’ll hail Princess Merida.


dan on May 13th, 2013 at 9:49 am

She looks fantastic. It looks like she stepped out of the movie, and not that re-design.


Rosaluz on May 13th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

We loved the ceremony. It was very exciting. My daughter Sofia is a huge fan of Merida. She loves her. We were in Magic Kingdom last February and found Merida next to Cinderella’s Castle.


Lindsey on May 13th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Not going to lie, my eyes misted watching this video.


Moira from Ayrshire on May 15th, 2013 at 4:03 am

As a proud daughter of Scotland, it was quite emotional to see this video which celebrates the heritage of our country in ‘Brave’. Merida is a very strong and positive role model!

‘Coronated’ would be the correct term in this case, as only kings and queens are ‘crowned’ – princes and princesses would be ceremoniously presented with a coronet instead of a crown, as can be seen in the video, presented by Queen Elinor.


Brenda on May 15th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

We attended the ceremony as parto of DisneySMMoms. Merida was beautiful, my kids were very excited to see her and all the Princess together. Congrats Merida!


Anonymous on May 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I’m glad she’s an official princess. She is a great example of what a “brave” girl is.


Marla on May 22nd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I loved this! Yet another reason why Disney is so amazing and magical.