Study Shows She’s Indiana’s Most Popular Disney Princess
Mirror mirror on the wall. Who do the people of Indiana find the most beautiful of all? This is the question one company found the answer to, and I wanted to know if they were right.
National Princess Day is November 18
Yes, National Princess Day is apparently a real thing. According to Days of the Year, it was not inspired by Disney.
…it was introduced by a small company, Nest Entertainment, who decided to work with Sony Entertainment to develop one of the latest hand-drawn stories, The Swan Princess.
Of course, today when you think of a princess, you probably think of a princess made popular by Disney because, no matter how old you are, you grew up watching Disney movies. I mean, the original Snow White came out 85 years ago in 1937. So unless you’re 86 or older (and if you are, what’s your secret? C is a glass of whiskey every day, isn’t it?), I’m sure you’ve seen at least one movie starring a world famous Disney Princess at some point in your life. More than likely, you’ve seen several of them over and over. You may even have one in particular that you would rank as your favorite. Maybe it’s Cinderella because in the end, despite all the heartbreak and bullying she’s endured from her stepmom and stepsisters, she’s able to walk away of this life and to live happily ever after with her prince. Maybe you prefer one of the more modern princesses like Belle from The beauty and the Beast or Tiana from The princess and the Frog because they are strong, independent women who don’t need a man to come and save them from anything he think they should be saved. They are more than capable of taking care of themselves.
Whichever person you like best, what are the chances of them matching other residents of the state of Indiana? That’s what Shane Co. set out to find out.
Using search data from Google Trends over the past 12 months, they investigated who was the most searched Disney Princess in each state. Ultimately, the Disney princess they determined to be the most popular in Indiana based on the results is the one who lives “under the sea.”
Apparently Ariel is quite popular in more states than Indiana. It was also the top result for Kentucky, Illinois and 23 other states across the country.
But, I didn’t want to just take their word for it, so I did my own completely unscientific research by simply asking the question, “Who is your favorite Disney Princess?” on our Facebook page.
Of the people who gave a serious answer (i.e. the name of an actual Disney Princess), Ariel was only mentioned twice. jasmine Aladdin also received two mentions, while Cinderella got five. But there was one princess who was clearly the favorite, and it was the aforementioned belle of The beauty and the Beast which has been mentioned eight times.
Obviously, my method wasn’t as thorough as Shane Co.’s, but I thought it was interesting to see the contrast between the two results. Maybe it was big cities like Indianapolis and Fort Wayne that tipped the scales in Ariel’s favor. The city of Indianapolis alone has more residents than Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey, Gibson, Spencer, Perry, and Pike counties combined.
At the end of the day, we love who we love for whatever reason, whether we love them, whether or not our opinion matches that of the rest of our Hoosier neighbors, and that’s okay.
You can see the full breakdown of the most popular Disney Princesses by state, as well as the most popular Disney Prince in each state, on the Shane Co. website.
[Sources: Shane Co. / Days of the Year]