A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about positive personal qualities like strength, ambition, and creativity. The games require some reading and can help kids develop various thinking and reasoning skills. Disney Princess is a fun place for kids to revisit their favorite characters, but learning is pretty limited.
The Princesses may not be the best role models for little girls, but they're not the worst, either. The site shows off their range of skills and personalities, and young fans should find a favorite to relate to.
Products & Purchases
You'll find lots of product tie-ins here. In classic Disney style, this website makes sure to embed purchasing options wherever it can. It also includes tabs Store and Parks to cover all the Disney properties.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Princess is a one-stop shop for all things princess. Featuring the now eleven Disney princesses (including Mulan, Rapunzel, and Pocahontas, who've been given princess status), the site is pure eye candy for little royalty lovers. Parents should be prepared that kids might beg for some of the tempting products available in the site's shop. Still, there's fun to be had without paying a cent.
Is It Any Good?
It's a little disappointing to see that the range of activities for young princess fans is limited to primarily dress-up and dancing games. Disney princesses have never been known for their feminism, so the site counters this with things like the "I Am a Princess" video, featuring girls doing karate, archery, and race car driving. In voice-over, it shares the message "I am a princess. I am brave sometimes, and scared sometimes." Kids will love to see their favorite stars online in all their luminous glory, and the activities are sweet and fun. It's also great to see four princesses of color in the mix.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.