Raya of the 2021 animated Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon has been added to the official Disney Princess lineup.
Raya made her official debut as a Disney Princess during the ongoing World Princess Week at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disneyland Paris, which kicked off last August 21st and will conclude on August 27th.
World Princess Week is part of Ultimate Princess Celebration, a global extravaganza across The Walt Disney Company that highlights the impact of Disney Princesses and the courage and kindness they inspire in fans all around the world.
Though Disney did not announce any sort of ceremony like Merida got for Raya, it was reported that Raya Magic Shot would be available at Disneyland Paris.
Raya made her Disney Parks debut at Shanghai Disneyland last September. While it’s not clear if Raya will come to Disneyland or Walt Disney World now that she’s crowned as an official Disney Princess, many fans speculate that she’s headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Disney’s decision to include Raya in the Disney Princess lineup has been well received by fans, especially those who have been calling for more Southeast Asian representation in pop culture.
In honor of Raya officially becoming a Disney Princess, here is a picture of me balling my eyes out meeting her for the first time. pic.twitter.com/Br68uebCT4
— Andrew Heidorn (@AndrewMHeidorn) August 20, 2022
— Tiara ☀️?☀️ (@Tiara_Princess7) August 20, 2022
Official Disney Princess lineup
With Raya as its latest addition, the official Disney Princess lineup is now comprised of 13 princesses. Aside from Raya, the franchise also includes Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, and Moana.
Who is Raya?
Raya is the titular protagonist of Raya and the Last Dragon. Daughter of Chief Benja, Raya is the princess of Kumandra’s Heart Land. In her youth, Raya was appointed the Guardian of the Dragon Gem. When the Gem is broken, a plague called the Druun is unleashed upon the world, turning much of humanity into stone — including Benja. To save her father, Raya embarked on a quest to retrieve the Gem pieces and sought out the fabled last dragon, hoping to restore the Gem and use its power to vanquish the Druun for good.
Raya and the Last Dragon cast
Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, Daniel Dae Kim as Chief Benja, Awkwafina as Sisu, Izaac Wang as Boun, Gemma Chan as Namaari, Benedict Wong as Tong, Sandra Oh as Virana, Thalia Tran as Little Noi, Lucille Soong as Dang Hu, and Alan Tudyk as TukTuk,
Where to watch Raya and the Last Dragon
Raya and the Last Dragon, which hit theaters in March 2021, is now streaming on Disney+.