National Princess Week-Ariel

NOTE: The date on this post says that it was written on April 25, but I think that’s the time zone WordPress uses on their clock. My laptop’s clock says I posted it today, on the 24th.

Today we’re jumping back in the Disney Princess rankings/timeline a bit, from 1991 to 1989, and featuring Ariel, the spunky heroine of The Little Mermaid.

Ariel’s current official (I believe) artwork

Ariel in mermaid form,

Ariel with Glitter Tail
I love the glitter on her tail in this artwork!

and in a look that’s a bit more similar to the movie.

Ariel in Pink Dress

Introductory paragraphs from the semi-official Disney Wiki:

Princess Ariel is the protagonist of Disney‘s classic 1989 animated feature film, The Little Mermaid. She is the seventh and youngest daughter of King Triton, ruler of the undersea kingdom of Atlantica. She lived through much of her young life with a longstanding, yet forbidden, admiration of the human world, and longed to someday experience life upon the surface.

Ariel is based on the nameless protagonist of Hans Christian Andersen‘s Danish fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” yet she does not have a melancholy ending as in Andersen’s tale.

Ariel is the fourth official member of the Disney Princess line-up.”

and from Wikipedia:

Ariel is a fictional character and the title character of Walt Disney Pictures‘ 28th animated film The Little Mermaid (1989). She subsequently appears in the film’s prequel television series (1992—1994), direct-to-video sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000) (where her daughter, Melody, takes over as the lead character, while Ariel is a secondary character instead) and direct-to-video prequel The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning (2008). Ariel is voiced by Jodi Benson in all official animated appearances and merchandise. She is fourth in the Disney Princess lineup, the first nonhuman princess, and the only princess to become a mother to her own child.

Ariel has a distinctive appearance, with her long, flowing, bright red hair, blue eyes, green mermaid tail and purple seashell bikini top. In the films and television series, she is the seventh-born daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena of an underwater kingdom of Merfolk.[3][4] She is often rebellious, and in the first film, she longs to be a part of the human world. She marries Prince Eric, whom she rescued from a shipwreck, and together they have a daughter, Melody.[5]

The character is based on the title character of Hans Christian Andersen‘s “The Little Mermaid” story but was developed into a different personality for the 1989 animated film adaptation. Ariel has received a mixed reception from critics; some publications such as Time criticize her for being too devoted to her man whereas others, such as Empire, praise the character for her rebellious personality, a departure from previous Disney Princesses.”

Wiki links:,

The Ariel in my DS Princess collection is the 2015 edition. I would’ve taken photos of her in her tail and in some other outfits that approximate all her movie looks, but I can’t find the bag I put them in. At least this dress was made for her!

Dress: Mattel Little Mermaid, circa 1997. Shoes (under skirt-they’re lavender ankle-strap sandals): Barbie, unknown origin.

She’s upgraded her style since leaving the water.

Dress, purse, boots: Barbie Pink Passport outfit 10-pack, 2016.

Ariel always did like sitting on rocks…

and apparently that tendency continues on land!


At one point last year, my mom checked out Liane Moriarty’s Truly, Madly, Guilty from the library. It has an image of water on the front cover, which I thought would be a perfect backdrop for Ariel, despite the twisty mystery-novel title!

Romper: Barbie Fashionistas nautical 3-outfit pack, ca. 2013. Shoes: Barbie 2-outfit pack, ca. 2015.

The warriors come out tomorrow!



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