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May 11, 2013

Merida Becomes Newest Disney Princess

Merida's Celebration Ceremony Video:

Walt Disney World crowned its newest princess today, Princess Merida from Brave. Her mother, Queen Elinor, made her first public appearance.

The ceremony took place at the Magic Kingdom.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Olympic Gold-Medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and her mother participated in the celebration by sharing their mother-daughter story.

Merida's Royal Celebration

All the Disney Princesses were in attendance and introduced one at a time.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Snow White

Merida's Royal Celebration


Cinderella

Merida's Royal Celebration


Aurora

Merida's Royal Celebration


Ariel

Merida's Royal Celebration


Belle

Merida's Royal Celebration


Jasmine

Merida's Royal Celebration


Pocahontas

Merida's Royal Celebration


Mulan

Merida's Royal Celebration


Princess Tiana

Merida's Royal Celebration

Rapunzel (who received a roaring welcome)

Merida's Royal Celebration


With all the princesses on stage, it was time to crown Disney's newest princess.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida arrived in true-style riding her horse and accompanied by Scottish Bagpipes, dancers and banners

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida is welcomed to the stage.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Queen Elinore performs the official duties of crowning Merida.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


"I AM MERIDA!", the newest princess proclaimed.

Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


Merida's Royal Celebration


And of course, no appearance by Merida would be complete without her bow.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration
All the princesses gather around for their first official photo together.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Gabby Douglas poses with Merida and Princess Tiana.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Queen Elinore is very proud of her daughter.

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

Merida's Royal Celebration

After the ceremony, the princesses gathered on the castle lawn for another photograph. Pictured with the princesses are Rosie and Sophie Grace (from the Ellen Show)

Merida's Royal Celebration

Sophia Grace and Rosie (The Ellen Show) Perform a Princess Rap for Merida!

Spotlight on Queen Elinor:

June 22, 2012

BRAVE - A Review of the Movie

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"Some say our destiny is tied to the land, as much a part of us as we are of it. Others say fate is woven together like a cloth, so that one's destiny intertwines with many others. It's the one thing we search for, or fight to change. Some never find it. But there are some who are led." ~ Merida

I initially saw a clip from BRAVE last year at the D23 Expo event in California. It intrigued me. Who is this princess full of attitude, adorned with long curly red hair and has the ability to shoot an arrow like no other? Ever since then, I have been looking forward to seeing the movie.

Simply put, it was everything I thought it would be, and more.

I could relate to Merida, her mother, and their struggle. The story of this Disney "princess" is not the typical damsel in distress but is a wee bit like Mulan - wanting to break tradition and be the woman she is inside. Such is a young and VERY head strong Merida.

The story is set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland where we meet feisty Merida (voice by Kelly Macdonald) who insists on changing her royal destiny. Her mother, Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson), is steeped in adhering to royal Scottish traditions. The conflict of mother and daughter are the focus of the movie.

King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly), who gave his daughter a bow and arrow at a very young age, enjoys his merriment and hanging out with the clansmen and lords. The triplet brothers are quite funny and could have had a more prominent roll in the movie.

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I was quickly caught up into the 3D version of the movie and soon forgot I was watching an animated feature - the characters, especially Merida, felt very real.

The movie has humor and is intense at times. I did not see coming the twist that put Merida and the Queen on such an perilous and dangerous journey. Without giving too much away the story does come full circle at the end.

BRAVE is rated PG for some scary action and rude humor.

Boys will enjoy the archery segments, suspense and the scenes in the castle with the lords bonding.

There were some intense scenes that may scare little ones. I did speak to one mother of 3 when the movie was over who said her 2 year old "loved it". She recommend reading the book to your young ones to prepare them for the movie.

I'm ready to see it again.

Let me know what you think of BRAVE by leaving a comment below! (Movie SPOILERS are included in some of the comments)

A new Pixar short "La Luna," precedes the showing of BRAVE. Without real speaking La Luna tells a heartwarming story that has you smiling at the end.

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In the Parks:

Merida is making appearances at both Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. In Epcot now thru July 8th, children can participate in the Highland Games Tournament.

Contest:

Disney.com Invites Guests to Enter the Brave: Adventure to Scotland Sweepstakes
a Chance to Win a Family Trip to Explore the World of Disney-Pixar's Epic Action Ad For venture "Brave"


Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures - Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, "Brave" is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor. Opened June 22, 2012, in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢ in select theaters.

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