Disney Consumer Products offered an unprecedented event earlier today that had even the skies opening up and pouring tears of joy on the otherwise gloomy streets of New York City. The event, which had celebrities from television, film and theatre mingling with Disney royalty, had Princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan officially welcome Tiana from The Princess and the Frog to the Disney Princess family.
Held quite appropriately at the New York Palace luxury hotel, celebrities and their families such as Tina Fey (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Nine Dead, Melissa & Joey), Kelly Bensimon, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Nigel Barker (America’s Next Top Model), Matt Walton (One Life to Live), Amy Landecker, Miss Teen USA Stormi Bree Henley with Miss USA Kristen Dalton and more strolled down the purple carpet for the event. Also in attendance from the film, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday were directors John Musker and Ron Clements along with voice talents Anika Noni Rose (Tiana), Jennifer Cody (Charlotte), Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis) and Jennifer Lewis (Mama Odie).
After the purple carpet was cleared and the honored guests had made their way indoors to the ballroom, a horse-drawn carriage rolled down Madison Avenue, stopped directly in front of the Palace and Princess Tiana took to the purple carpet herself, escorted by a live jazz band and dozens of her adoring fans.
The event itself began with Anika Noni Rose who addressed the gathered group of families consisting mostly of little girls dressed as Disney princesses. Rose said that the first dream she ever recalls having as a child was that she would grow up to be the voice of a Disney character and how her dream came true. She spoke of Tiana and offered her own advice to the princess’ fans: meeting Prince Charming is a great thing, but they should never lose sight of their dreams and who they are.
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements also addressed the crowd, reflecting briefly on the creation of The Princess and the Frog and introducing the talent from the film in the room.
Later on, after guests had some time to indulge in some of the hors d’œuvres and coloring activities, the Fairy Godmother took center stage as she introduced each of the Disney Princesses one by one and welcomed them to the stage. The eight princesses were soon joined by Tiana and Prince Naveen who made the coronation official when he placed the tiara on Tiana’s head. The rest of the event was filled with dancing and meet & greet opportunities with all of the princesses including an unprecedented photo opportunity featuring all nine Disney Princesses together on one stage with Prince Naveen joining them.
Along with a treasure trove of Tiana and other Disney Princess merchandise on display, including the limited edition Princess Tiana doll, Disney Consumer Products, along with Mattel and CDI/JAKKS Pacific, presented a first look at some new merchandise being released this summer. The new line of merchandise includes items that have Tiana appearing alongside other Disney Princesses for the first time, such as the little pink chair which drew the most attention, particularly from those no longer able to make much use of it.
Below is our photo gallery from this magical event. Click on each of the thumbnails to see a larger version or click on the PicLens link to begin the slideshow. All photos are © Stitch Kingdom unless identified otherwise. All rights reserved.