Two years ago I took my twin daughters to see Disney Stars on Ice. I was hoping to see Tiana, as she is my daughter’s favorite princess. Imagine my disappointment when her portion (after intermission no less!) with Naveen felt like it was only five minute long. The other princesses portions had long and involved scenes from their movie, and even included snow for Elsa. Tiana’s was just a short dance that was not from her movie and then she was gone. They could have at least done her ending song.
I love that Disney finally had a black princess, but I couldn’t help but to be disappointed that Tiana spent 99% of the movie as a frog, rather than a human woman.
Tiana was always my favorite Disney princess, but I always tend to not tell people since they assume the only reason that I like her is because she’s black like me, but honestly, that was never the only reason. She’s everything I want to be: honest, hardworking, and unwilling to give up no matter how tough the challenge may be. I’m in my 20’s now and she’s just as important to me now, as when I saw her for the first time on the big screen.
I’m still salty about The Princess and the frog, the Facillier (Bawon Samedi) character and that they made her a frog for most of the movie. It was also a missed opportunity for a black disney prince! I hope Tiana walked so Princess Sadé can run! I hope this redeems Disney.
I may be a white woman but Tiana is among my favourite princesses because like her I’ve always had hard to reach dreams. Dreams I’m now trying to achieve, but it’s really tough. Every time I need some motivation or feel one step closer, I sing Almost There full belt. It’s “my never give up” song.
TW- SUICDE: Tiana is my biggest inspiration. I’m working two jobs trying to put away money for college and help my mom make rent, I’ve grown up helping my mom dumpster dive to provide for my sister and struggled to keep any kind of hope or dream alive inside me. I find so much strength in seeing Tiana keep going even when everything’s so hard. When I want to kill myself just to make it all stop, I remind myself I’m almost there, and it helps me keep going.
I met my s/o for the first time in New Orleans. He’s a huge Disney fan, and so am I, with my favorite princess being Tiana, so New Orleans was the perfect meeting spot. Ever since our meeting, I always giggle like crazy when I hear “Down in New Orleans”, because I “got everything I wanted” and lost something I had!
It would be nice if Disney made a movie with a heroine who wasn’t a princess to begin with. Perhaps we wouldn’t have to deal with the idea to fit criteria and such. I don’t think girls need a role model in every female character they come across, just a character who’s human would be enough. I can’t bring myself to like a princess in particular exactly because they’re too much of a goal to aim as a person and not a human I can relate to.
I once loved being a Cast Member for Disney. But the more I work, the more I get disrespected, by the guests, and my management. I feel like Tiana, working all the time, and it just feels like it’s for nothing.