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20 Disney Songs in Spanish That Will Have You Singing Como Niña Again

It’s tough to escape the magic of Disney. Whether you watched on TV, DVD, at the movie theater or even on VHS tape, we all remember singing along to Disney tunes. Songs like “Under The Sea” and “A Whole New World” claimed a big part of our childhood. Chances are if you grew up in the U.S., you haven’t been touched by the magic of these songs in Spanish. Scroll below and thank us later because you’re about to be blown away.

Aladdin: “Un mundo ideal”

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Jazmin and Aladdin singing while floating on a magic carpet. My 10-year-old self is wishing a prince would climb up my window and kidnap me.

The Lion King: “Hakuna Matata”

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Before yoga, meditation, Buddhism and all the “new era” practices hit us,  there were Timón, Pumbaa and of course future king Simba teaching us about a worry-less life.

Toy Story 3: “Hay un amigo en mí’

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Is there anything greater than the voice of Spaniard Javier Fernandez-Peña as Buz in “Toy Story 3”? ¡Olé!

Pocahontas: “Colores en el viento”

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We should all listen to this song very carefully. Then maybe, just maybe, the world would be a better place.

Hercules: “De cero a héroe”

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For everyone who’s ever felt like they’re worthless, comes the story of the underdog who isn’t really an underdog because he’s really a God. Listen to this tune and be inspired.

The Junge Book: “Quiero ser como tú”

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I wanted to have straight hair my entire childhood. Actually, I wanted to have light skin and blue eyes too. Later I discovered being me, in all my uniqueness was pretty awesome. If you can’t relate to the lyrics of “The Jungle Book,” at least the awesome dancing jungle animals will have you shaking your head.

Mary Poppins: “Supercalifragilisticoespialidoso”

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One of the biggest challenges of my childhood was trying to sing along to this song. One of the biggest challenges I face now is trying to keep up in Spanish. 

The Little Mermaid: “Bajo del mar”

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The second a Latino kid wanted to ditch Sunday misa to join the other kids at a basketball game, mami was right there to remind them there was “nada bueno afuera”. If only she had done it in a voice as tropical as Sebastian the crab.

Beauty And The Beast: “Bella y Bestia son”

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The movie’s message on looking beyond the surface and accepting someone despite their exterior went on to become one of the most romantic Disney movies.

Mulan: “Mi Reflejo”

Some of us do remember this song because of Christina Aguilera. She sang the English-language version and months later when the Spanish-language version was released it started popping up on radio stations. Who wouldn’t have a Christina Aguiler song on repeat?

Frozen:“Libre soy”

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You better believe the Spanish theme song to “Frozen” was just as popular as the English version.

101 Dalmations: “Cruela de Vil”

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If a character from Disney animated films succeeded in implanting terror in children, especially those who loved animals, it was Ms. De Vil, but who could deny her catchy theme song.

Hercules: “No diré que es amor”

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If this song had existed at the time of my primer amor, it would have been in repeat mode nonstop. Now, who composes these “children” songs?

Dumbo: “Nunca vi un elefante volar”

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A friendly reminder: almost everything is impossible until someone makes it possible. That’s a lesson we learned from Dumbo as kids and from this song.

Tangled: “Mi vida empieza así”

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Danna Paola voices the Spanish-language version of this “Tangled” theme and reminds us to make the most of our current situation.

Sleeping Beauty: “Eres tú el Príncipe Azul”

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My first notion of Prince Charming was delivered by Sleeping Beauty’s own singing fella. Never mind as I grew up I ended up kissing many sapos instead.

The Little Mermaid: “Bésala”

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Sticking to the kissing theme, ¡Ay! The excitement of the first kiss and everything that can go wrong. Nonetheless, this is an iconic tune and dare we say even cuter in español.

Aladdin: “Un amigo fiel”

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We all had two wishes: to have friends for life and to find a magic lamp that granted us many wishes. O por lo menos uno.

Peter Pan: “Volarás, volarás”

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All you needed to be happy when you were a kid was a great imagination. Did you not fly with Peter Pan and Wendy to Neverland?

The Lion King: Ciclo Sin Fin

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Inevitably listening to this intro will transport us to the wisdom of Rafiki, the baboon and the cycle of life.

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What Disney Character Are You Based On Your Zodiac Sign

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What Disney Character Are You Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Who are we kidding: Disney movies were basically our entire childhood. And to be completely honest, they’re still a part of being an adult, too. It’s a well-known fact that anyone who tells you they’re not looking forward to the latest Disney movie release is probably lying.

And, anyone who says they’re not curious about what Disney character they would be according to their star sign is probably also lying. Find your zodiac sign in the list below, and see who is your Disney counterpart, and what your fairytale romance would be like …

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Aries, your bold attitude makes you the perfect Princess Jasmine. Your strong will and dependable work ethic means that you’re not the type to give up, even in the face of living as a street rat. Since you’ve got a lot of energy to burn off, you’re definitely the best person to face off against the deviousness of Jafar.

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Romancing you is pretty tricky, which is a good thing. You deserve respect and  to be doted on. Nothing would stop your ambition from taking you to the Cave of Wonders!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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With your determined attitude, Taurus, you are definitely Jane. You have the fortitude to see yourself learn to tree-surf like a pro, and fight off would-be poachers. Your stamina is unparalleled, and you have a generous personality.

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Your lovers are lucky, since they know you have a real appreciation for beauty – and you wouldn’t be with them if you didn’t think they were gorgeous! However, you can have trouble communicating your feelings, so they do have to be patient with you.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Gemini, your versatility is what defines you as Mulan. New situations don’t scare you, since you’re good at thinking on your feet. Your smarts are why people want you around when they’re caught in a sticky situation. Remember: you’re as swift as the coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, you have the strength of a raging fire, and you’re as mysterious as the dark side of the moon.

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Your ideal partner would have to understand that you can’t just sit at home and play the homemaker. That would be boring. You would rather spend your time crossdressing, saving the country from violent invaders, and making your family proud.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Snow White is your Disney counterpart, Cancer. You have such a large heart, and you care for the people around you. We know – it can be a bit overwhelming at times. You crave stability in your home life, so that you can feel secure, safe and comfortable. Just make sure your housemates don’t take your kindness for granted!

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Someday your prince will come, and they’ll be understanding of your absent father and evil stepmother issues. Beware, though, since they might have a chronic habit of disturbing your sleep.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Leo, your sign is the queen of the jungle, so who could you be, but Nala? You’re a good, strong leader, which is just as well when everything the light touches is your kingdom. Leo, you have a great sense of judgment, which is why you can easily make friends with the likes of meerkats and warthogs. Hakuna matata, right?

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Your loved one must be comfortable with your penchant for drama. While it seems to centre on you, you’d swear it’s not always your fault. It’s not like you can help that your uncle’s the jealous, murderous type.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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With your ability to keep your emotions reigned in, Virgo, you are the quintessential Elsa. Rather than risk making yourself vulnerable, you try to focus your attention on what you’re doing rather than on who you are as a person. You can sometimes be overly self-critical, because you always demand the best from yourself. But, you need to learn to let it go.

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Virgo, your ideal partner is someone who can accept you for who you are, and will love you unconditionally. And hopefully they can teach you how to love yourself, too.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Libra, you find yourself in Pocahontas. You have a great capacity for charming others into cooperation, but you’re not the best at dealing with confrontation. In fact, you have a fear of other people getting hurt, and this can keep you from reaching your goals.

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You can be your best self with someone who understands your passion for justice and equality. Since you have the ability to see beauty in lots of things, your loved one must be able to appreciate the colours of the wind.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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With your entrepreneurial attitude, Scorpio, you have an innate ability to overcome massive obstacles, just like your Disney counterpart, Moana. You’re not satisfied with spending forever on a tiny island. You’d rather a bigger, bolder lifestyle, exploring the world.

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Finding that special someone for you means finding a person who can keep up with you in a heated debate. You can’t help it if you feel passionate about something! In fact, more often than you bring that same passion into the bedroom with you.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Sagittarius, have you ever considered how much you have in common with Rapunzel? You have a real desire for freedom, but you also like the idea of having a place, or kingdom, to call home. Your ability to adapt in hairy situations means you’ll get your happy ending, eventually.

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True love for you is being with a Flynn Rider who accepts you and your passion for travel. And, who won’t mind if you do wildly spontaneous things, like cutting all of your hair off at the drop of a hat.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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Remember Lilo and Stitch, Capricorn? Well, you’re definitely the Lilo in this equation. You make a great companion, and life-long friend, which is just as well if your number one amigo is an alien. Watch out for the Nani in your life, since you need someone to provide rules and structure for you to function well.

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Your soulmate is someone who understands that your stoicism makes you pretty closed-mouthed when it comes to talking about your emotions. 

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, with your unorthodox, unconventional soul, you are certainly Belle. People know you for always having your nose in a book. And, since you are well-read, it makes you a pretty intelligent person. You tend to make friends with an eclectic bunch – yes, being friends with household belongings is a little strange. 

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You’re not worried about the way someone looks when you’re in a relationship, Aquarius. You’d rather know that they have a good heart, and care about humanitarian issues like you do.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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Pisces, let’s face it: you’re Ariel. You’re a real fish out of water. You can be shy at the best of times, which makes you adept at imitating the mannerisms of other people while you hide your true personality … or mermaid heritage. 

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Your Prince Eric knows that you make a devoted lover and friend, and that you’re selfless to a fault. With your deeply emotional nature, you make a sensitive soul to be around.

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‘Frozen’ And ‘Cinderella’ Were Inspired By European Figures, Here Are 20 Fascinating Latinos That Deserve The Disney Treatment

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‘Frozen’ And ‘Cinderella’ Were Inspired By European Figures, Here Are 20 Fascinating Latinos That Deserve The Disney Treatment

For decades Disney has created and generated fantastical films and fairy tales that have provided children with lessons about life and relationships. As children, however, not all of us learned that a majority of the magical tales that carried us to worlds that expanded our imaginations were actually based in reality or folklore. Still, as diverse and deeply rooted in history some of these timeless stories of bravery and resilience have been, tales of princesses from France, Germany, and even Baghdad haven’t always been relatable for those of us from Latin American countries. Looking back, it would’ve been nice to see charismatic, inspirational Latina Disney characters and princesses fighting for their ideological beliefs.

Although Disney has made great strides recently adding Latinx narratives to their cannon (we see you Coco!), we still can’t help but think of how much work still needs to be done. After all, every culture has legendary figures that are worthy of the Disney treatment. In light of this, we compiled a list of legendary Latinx figures throughout history that deserve their own Disney movies. Whether these figures are real or fictional, their stories are definitely worth telling.

Take a look below!

1. Isabel Moctezuma

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What better way to start off a list about Latino Disney characters than with an actual Latina princess? Historians refer to Isabel Moctezuma as the “Last Mexican Princess” and her story is fascinating. History has revealed Moctezuma to have been a woman of strength who was not only generous and kind but also decisive.

The daughter of renowned Aztec emperor Moctezuma II, Moctezuma was forced to make the transition from Aztec princess to Spanish doña and did so with ease. Doña Isabel married four times before she was 18 years old. All in all, she married three Aztec emperors and three Spanish Conquistadors. Interestingly, Spain granted Doña Isabel’s descendants the Spanish title “Duke of Moctezuma de Tultengo”. It still exists today! Currently, Juan José Marcilla de Teruel-Moctezuma Valcárcel holds the title and according to LinkedIn, resides in Madrid. Now that’s magical.

2. Eva Duarte de Perón

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Much like Cinderella, Eva Perón was born in abject poverty in Buenos Aires. Also like Cinderella, Eva’s life changed when she married a powerful man, Juan Perón, who later became President of Argentina. However, that is where the similarities between her and Cinderella end. Eva became a superstar in Argentine politics by advocating for women’s equality and workers’ rights. Although she died young, her memory still lives on in Argentina, proving what a timeless presence she is. It would be refreshing for Disney to create a story centered around a non-noble woman who still embodies the elegance and leadership skills of a traditional “princess”.

3. Leona Vicario

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Many Mexicans know Leona Vicario as one of the most instrumental figures in the Mexican War of Independence. Not only did she finance much of the rebellion’s efforts, but she also worked as both a messenger and an informant. In other words, she was the physical embodiment of Disney’s latest Princess addition, Princess Leia. You have to admit that a Disney movie centered around an heiress-turned-rebel would make for an entertaining watch! We know we would’ve been pumped to watch it as young Latinas.

4. Joaquin Murrieta

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According to legend, Joaquin Murrieta (aka “The Robin Hood of the West”) was initially a normal, law-abiding Mexican vaquero who moved to California during the Gold Rush. Jealous of his success, a group of Americans attacked him and his wife, killed his half-brother, and drove him off his prosperous mining claim. Afterward, Joaquin apparently hunted and exacted revenge upon his attackers. To many Latinos, Murrieta symbolizes the resistance against American white supremacy and the ability to obtain justice even when the system is stacked against you. With some kid-friendly tweaks to his story, we could definitely see Murrieta as a Latinx Disney character.

5. Gonzalo Guerrero

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Gonzalo Guerrero’s incredible story begins with him as a shipwrecked Spanish sailor washing up on the shores of current-day Mexico. Immediately taken prisoner by the local Maya, Guerrero was first enslaved, but soon earned his freedom and became both a Mayan Lord and a military captain. Notably, he married a Mayan woman and together they produced the first-ever recorded mestizo children. Although he was eventually found by the Spanish, Guerrero refused to return to his native country due to his profound love for his Mayan wife and family. If that doesn’t illustrate Disney’s family values, then we don’t know what does!

6. Dandara

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If ever there was a person who embodied the literal traits of Superwoman, Dandara would be that woman. Adept at combat, hunting, agriculture, and woodworking, Dandara was an Afro-Brazilian warrior who fought against the further enslavement of her people by the Dutch. The ultimate warrior woman, Dandara lived in Palmares, Brazil–a community of escaped black slaves. She was courageous and self-sufficient, and after the Dutch captured her, she killed herself rather than experience slavery again. Even today, Brazilians recognize Dandara as a universal symbol of the struggle against colonialism and oppression. In other words, she gives Mulan a run for her money.

7. Bartolomé de las Casas

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Admittedly, Bartolomé de las Casas’ story would be difficult to make kid-friendly, but if Disney did it with The Hunchback of Notre Dame, then they could manage it here! Although Bartolomé’s early career is controversial, he spent the majority of his life advocating for universal human rights. Specifically, he campaigned against the inhumane treatment of Indigenous peoples and African slaves by conquistadors in the Americas. Although he didn’t succeed in completely eradicating the inhumane actions of Spanish conquistadors, he no doubt influenced colonial policy with his passionate rhetoric and his activism. He is the kind of hero whose greatest weapon was a pen, not a sword.

8. Juan Bobo

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Puerto Ricans know Juan Bobo as the archetypal, lovable klutz who can’t do anything right. In Puerto Rico, teachers and parents often use Juan Bobo as a way to teach children valuable lessons. Much like other American folk heroes like Davy Crockett or Johnny Appleseed, Juan Bobo doesn’t just represent an oral tradition, but also the very soul of Puerto Rico. He is a symbol of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. There are a million different ways Disney could adapt his character to the delight of children everywhere.

9. Francisco El Hombre

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Colombian folklore says that Francisco el Hombre was a juglar, or minstrel, who specialized in playing the accordion. Legend has it that during a piqueria (song battle), Francisco came across the Devil himself as an opponent. Francisco fell to his knees and prayed to God for help. When he arose, he played the most beautiful melody that had ever been played on the accordion. Naturally, his pure talent vanquished the Devil back to Hell. Not only would this story make a spooky and exciting Disney movie, but imagine the song possibilities! We didn’t know we wanted a movie centered around a juglar until this moment and now, we can’t get it out of our heads!

10. Maria Lionza

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Maria Lionza is a legendary figure in Venezuela, and it’s hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction in her story. In fact, many historians debate whether she actually existed. According to legend, she was born to Chief Yaracuy of the indigenous Venezuelan Nivar tribe. The story goes that she was so beautiful that The Giant Anaconda who ruled the nearby lagoon swallowed her whole when she resisted his advances. She then broke free from his belly, killing him, and taking his place as “Master of the Waters”. Now that’s a Disney movie we’d pay to see!

11. Don Pedro Jaramillo

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Despite his intimidating appearance, Don Pedro Jaramillo was a force for good in Starr County, Texas, where he practiced as a curandero (healer). Born in Mexico to Native American parents, legend has it that Jaramillo knew from a young age that he the power to heal the sick. Indeed, at the peak of his fame, patients would travel from as far as New York City to be treated by him. How interesting would it be for Disney to produce a movie starring an Indigenous Latinx hero with magical healing powers? After all, nothing says “Disney” like magic does!

12. Calafia

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We couldn’t complete this list without including Calafia, the mythical black Warrior Queen created Spanish writer Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo in the 1500s. According to Montalvo, Calafia independently ruled over a kingdom of black women in the current-day Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. However, a Spanish King defeated her in hand-to-hand combat, forcing her into domesticity. Naturally, the tale concludes with her converting to Christianity and being married off to a Spanish husband, but the first half of her story is prime for a Disney adaptation. After the success of Wonder Woman, we know the public loves stories about all-female civilizations.

13. Tecun Uman

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Many of the historical Indigenous figures we’ve mentioned so far exhibit lauded qualities such as bravery, honor, and dignity. Guatemalan “National Hero” Tecun Uman exhibits all of these qualities. Celebrated in Guatemala as one of the last rulers of the K’iche’ Maya people, Uman refused to pledge loyalty to the Spanish crown and died in the battle of El Pinar. Guatemalans celebrate the day of his death, September 20th, as a day of remembrance. If Disney made Uman’s story into a movie, it would undoubtedly inspire children everywhere.

14. Inès de Bobadilla

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When Cuban Governor Hernando de Soto left Cuba to conquer Florida, he granted his wife, Inès de Bobadilla, power of attorney. Inès de Bobadilla governed Cuba from 1539 to 1543, making her the first female governor of Cuba, an unusual position for a woman of her time. Historians agree that she excelled at the role, handling conflicts between Spaniards and the Indigenous population with diplomacy and improving military defenses. To this day, the statue “La Giraldilla” on top of Castillo de la Real Fuerza is said to embody Inès, surveying the horizon, waiting for her husband’s return.

15. Roberto Cofresí

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Born in Puerto Rico to a family of ruined Spanish nobility, Roberto Cofresi began his career as a sailor but quickly turned to piracy for the money. Although he was wanted by almost every seafaring nation in the world, he managed to evade capture until he and his crew were finally captured and killed. Nevertheless, his Robin Hood-like reputation was so larger-than-life that, in death, he became a local hero. In Puerto Rico, his story has inspired songs, poems, and folktales. We would love to see Disney’s take on his swashbuckling tale.

16. Anacaona

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Anacaona, whose name roughly translates to “Golden Flower”, may be the most famous Taíno in history. Born in 1474 in modern-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic, she was the queen of the Taíno at the time of the Spanish invasion. Given the choice between being killed or becoming a Spaniard’s concubine, Anacaona chose death. In doing so, she cemented her status as a heroine and a martyr. If Disney were ever to make a movie about her, they would probably leave out the tragic death. Her courage and confidence, however, would make for a great Disney princess!

17. Pedro Urdemales

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Although the Chilean legend of Pedro Urdemales goes back to medieval Spain, this trickster has become a distinctly Latinx hero. Like the American trickster Huck Finn, Urdemales is known for using his wits to get out of sticky situations. Considering the success of other animated tricksters like Bugs Bunny or Woody the Woodpecker, we have no doubt that Latinx children would delight in seeing a trickster character of Latin descent brought to life by Disney.

18. María Jesús Alvarado Rivera

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Although controversial in her lifetime, María Jesús Alvarado Rivera is now regarded as the “first modern champion of women’s rights” in Peru. During her lifetime, Rivera was a feminist activist and writer and was a vocal about her support of women’s suffrage. Intimidated by her unorthodox views, the Peruvian government imprisoned her for three months and then exiled her to Argentina for twelve years. Upon her return, she became an influential champion of art and culture. Seeing her story told to children would be a refreshing departure from Disney’s princess-centric stories.

19. Simón Bolívar

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Affectionately known as El Liberator, Simón Bolívar was a politician who is widely recognized as the mastermind behind the Venezuelan campaign for independence from Spain. Born to a noble Spanish family in Venezuela, Bolívar received his formal education in Europe. Inspired by the popular Enlightenment ideology of the time, he returned to his native Venezuela determined to liberate his country from Spanish rule. His efforts aided in liberating Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama from their colonial oppressors. We would love to see his story play out on the big screen.

20. Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil

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Unlike the majority of the figures on this list, Princess Isabel of Brazil wasn’t known for being beautiful or athletic. What she is known for is signing “The Golden Law” in 1888, which abolished slavery in Brazil. Partially due to The Golden Law, the opposition overthrew her throne in a military coup. Despite the outcome, Isabel held fast to her beliefs. In 1888, she wrote: “If abolition is the cause for this, I don’t regret it; I consider it worth losing the throne for.” Now there’s a statement truly worthy of a Disney princess.


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