8 Real Stories Behind Disney Princesses

The lineup of Disney princesses currently includes 12 characters who are royal by birth, by marriage, or considered a “princess” due to their heroism. Some of those beloved characters have their origin in legends, fairy tales, or even real life, which is often more exciting or darker than what we see in the movies.

Zgrnews invites you on a journey to discover the stories behind 8 Disney princesses. Read the list to the end to discover which princess is based on a real person.

1. The witch expels Rapunzel and blinds the prince.

8 Real Stories Behind Disney Princesses

The story of Rapunzel is based on the fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. In their version, when the witch finds out about Rapunzel and the prince, she cuts off Rapunzel’s hair and dangles it out the window. When the prince is confronted by her, he jumps out of the window and is blinded when he lands on thorns. He eventually finds Rapunzel, and she heals him with her tears.

Interestingly, in the first version of the tale, Rapunzel is the one who foolishly gives the prince away by admitting to the witch that her clothes are getting too tight for her around her waist (indicating pregnancy).

2. Maui is a slim teenager, and Moana does not exist.

8 Real Stories Behind Disney Princesses

Moana is a fully fictional character. The author’s original idea was to make a movie about Maui, but after their visit to Polynesia, they were inspired by the beautiful and powerful women there (as shown in the photo on the right). They also learned a lot about navigation, and this is how the character of Moana came to life. The movie is full of references to Polynesian mythology, in which the islands are believed to have been created by the demigod Maui. In the myths, in contrast to the movie, Maui appears as a slim young man who is coming of age with a top-knot on his head.