Meet Princess Tiana, the newest Disney Princess
Following a colorful procession in a horse-drawn carriage befitting royalty, the newest Disney princess made her debut at the Magic Kingdom this week.
Princess Tiana, from the upcoming Disney film The Princess and the Frog, made her way from the Louisiana Bayou to Cinderella’s castle as Mickey and the gang welcomed her into the fold.
The first Disney princess since Mulan in 1998, Princess Tiana is breaking new ground in the old classic fairy tale. The first African American princess -- a point that has left some joyful, others not -- she is also the first to be set in modern times. The Princess and the Frog, which opens nationwide Dec. 11, also returns to the classic hand-drawn animation that audiences have adored for generations. Everyone already knows the story -- how a princess kisses a frog so that he can become human -- but the movie gives that old saw a modern twist. It's set in the mystical bayous of Louisiana and features music by Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman, the man behind the music of Toy Story.
Visitors to the Magic Kingdom can get a glimpse -- and ear -- of the high-energy music in the attraction “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee” which will run three shows daily through Jan. 3. The nine-minute show plays on the Liberty Belle Riverboat and features the movie characters as well as randomly chosen park guests in the cleverly choreographed production that resembles a Mardi Gras parade on water. Fast-paced without the need for a Fast Pass, you can watch from the docks of Frontierland.
In addition to seeing a lot of Tiana on store shelves this holiday season, little ones can take a look in their magic mirrors after a trip to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a glittery view. Prices for the girl glam packages start at $49.95 and Tiana’s fresh look is among the royal styles available. And if you can’t make it to her house at the Magic Kingdom, chances are you’ll be seeing a lot of the new princess knocking at your door this Halloween or on your kids’ wish lists this year-- already her soft green petals and flower gown and plush doll are big sellers.
But it is in theaters where kids are sure to fall in love with the beautiful Tiana. The impressive team that has contributed to this movie since the project began in 2006 assures success. You can see scenes of the film here and if you enter a theme park between now and Nov. 22, you can get details on how to receive a voucher for a free child’s movie ticket.
-- Tracey Henry, the Suburban Diva
[Photo by Tracey Henry of Princess Tiana in her horse-drawn carriage]