While browsing the toy section of Walmart, like a normal person, I ran into a collection of all the Disney princesses. All eleven.
Now my astute audience has obviously noticed that eleven is not the number of princesses that Disney has. Princess Leia, for example. Well, not all princesses that are Disney qualify as Disney Princesses. You have to be human, for example. So Nala from the Lion King is out. You also have to be animated. That excluded Princess Leia, and many others. Princess Giselle is up for debate on this point, but what I'm really interested in here are the ones who were definitely snubbed.
The eleven pictured are:
Snow White, Tiana, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Mulan, and Merida.
Of those, the one that got in without qualifying is Mulan. She wasn't born royal, and didn't marry royalty. Disney just says she earned it. I can't really argue with that. But who does qualify, but didn't make it in?
Moana, for one. She is clearly the daughter of her people's leader. They might just be dragging their feet on that one. Or purposely holding off to avoid calling attention to the next two.
Elsa and Anna! Two glaring omissions. Both were clearly born royal, and very popular. How could they be missed? Rumor is they are so popular that Disney doesn't want to hurt sales of their merchandise by lumping them in with the reset. I imagine a box with those two dolls would be worth as much as the box pictured with all the other combined.
The others I am aware of are:
Princess Kida from Atlantis
Jane from Tarzan
Megara from Hercules
Vanellope from Wreck It Ralph
As far as I can tell, these all qualify to be Disney Princesses. They have been willfully excluded. I assume because they were not popular. Not that the princess were not popular characters on those movies. The problem is that the movies they were in were not popular.
And, "yes", it is a big deal. They have a coronation ceremony and everything. : - P
Let me know in a comment if I forgot anyone.