During Halloween, you’ll often see people dressed up as iconic Disney couples like Princess Ariel and Eric or Princess Jasmine and Aladdin. Beyond the famous Disney princesses and princes we are mostly familiar with, Disney is also responsible for some of the most memorable movie couples ever. In fact, Disney couples have timeless love stories that both new and old fans love. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for couples’ costumes or simply curious, here’s a list of the best Disney couples through the years! Before we begin, Disney has released both animated and live-action romance films, but this list comprises only the cartoon couples from Disney’s animated movies.
Snow White and the Prince
Disney Movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White and the Prince are one of the very first Disney couples ever. Dubbed “the fairest one of all”, Snow White was a beautiful maiden with short black hair, fair skin, and red lips.
Unfortunately, she falls victim to the Queen’s jealousy. The Queen poisons Snow White, and the princess falls into a deep sleep. Later, the Prince finds Snow White in her coffin and kisses her. This kiss of true love awakens Snow White, and he brings her to his castle, where they lived happily ever after.
Many fans consider Snow White and the Prince as one of Disney’s classic couples. You can find them roaming the streets of Disney World alongside the seven dwarves.
Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip
Disney Movie: Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959) is another Disney classic that features “true love’s kiss”. In the film, Princess Aurora falls into a deep sleep after pricking her finger on a cursed spinning wheel. Prince Phillip rushes to rescue Aurora after defeating Maleficent, and he breaks the spell after kissing her lips.
Princess Aurora’s story might sound exactly like Snow White’s. However, the two Disney couples are actually quite different. For instance, Aurora and Phillip were betrothed. Their parents arranged their marriage when they were children.
Furthermore, Maleficent abducts Prince Phillip to stop him from breaking the curse, but he escapes after killing Maleficent’s dragon form.
Cinderella and Prince Charming
Disney Movie: Cinderella (1950)
Following the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Disney released Cinderella (1950). The film was a box office success, and it saved Walt Disney Productions from the financial setbacks caused by World War II.
Before meeting Prince Charming, Cinderella lives under the constant beck and call of her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Her life turns upside down when her fairy godmother helps her attend the prince’s ball. At the ball, Cinderella and Prince Charming dance and fall in love while singing the famous song, “So This is Love”.
Despite being one of the oldest Disney couples, Cinderella and Prince Charming are still popular with new Disney fans. This is because both the couple and their castle appear in Disney World and merchandise. In fact, Cinderella’s castle became the icon of Walt Disney’s company.
Ariel and Prince Eric
Disney Movie: The Little Mermaid (1989)
Yet another popular Disney couple is Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid (1989). Like most Disney couples, their love was forbidden. Ariel was a mermaid, and Eric was a human. However, they met and fell in love against all odds.
Their love story differs from most Disney couples as Ariel is not just a damsel in distress. At the start of the film, she saves Eric from drowning. She also sacrifices her voice, so she could have human legs. As a human, Ariel actively pursues Eric.
The theatrical release of The Little Mermaid (1989) received critical acclaim, and it also launched the beginning of the Disney Renaissance. Fans loved Ariel and Prince Eric so much that a sequel and prequel followed in 2000 and 2008, respectively.
Belle and the Beast
Disney Movie: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Dubbed by Time magazine as the best film of the Disney Renaissance, Beauty and the Beast (1991) is about the love story of Belle and the Beast. Belle is a book-loving maiden from the village, while the Beast is a cursed prince who lives in his isolated castle.
The Beast imprisons Belle’s father for trespassing, but Belle volunteers in his place instead. As the Beast’s prisoner, Belle spends time with the Beast and the eccentric housekeepers of the castle. Belle’s kindness and intelligence made the Beast fall in love with her. Eventually, with his new selfless self, his curse is reversed.
Belle and the Beast differ from other Disney couples because of the story’s role reversal. Unlike other Disney films, Belle doesn’t suffer from a curse. Instead, it is the prince that the witch curses.
Princess Jasmine and Aladdin
Disney Movie: Aladdin (1992)
Aladdin (1992) follows the story of Aladdin, a poor peasant boy who falls in love with the princess of Agrabah. He enlists the help of Genie, a blue jinni who agrees to grant him three wishes.
At first, Jasmine is indifferent to Aladdin’s advances. However, she eventually falls in love due to Aladdin’s sincerity. Aladdin helps her escape from the palace and shows her the things she’s always dreamed of.
Like most Disney couples, the two fall in love while singing a romantic duet. They sang “A Whole New World”, which is one of the most popular Disney songs ever. It was also recognized with several awards. This includes Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
Tiana and Prince Naveen
Disney Movie: The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Adapted from the German folktale of “The Frog Prince”, The Princess and the Frog follows Tiana and Prince Naveen. The story takes place in 1926 New Orleans, where Tiana works two jobs to earn money for her dream restaurant.
A voodoo witch doctor steals Prince Naveen’s identity and turns him into a frog. He stumbles upon Tiana, who he assumes is a princess because of her clothes. When he asks Tiana for a kiss, he accidentally turns her into a frog as well. Together, they embark on a journey to break the curse and make Tiana’s dreams come true.
While there have been several Disney couples over the years, this is the first that features an African-American princess. Furthermore, many fans believe Naveen is an Indian prince. However, the film never explicitly mentions his ethnicity as he comes from a fictional kingdom. Either way, fans adore how relatable the two characters are.
Princess Anna and Kristoff
Disney Movie: Frozen (2013)
Most fans love Frozen (2013) because of how it focuses on the bond between sisters. However, this doesn’t mean fans can’t appreciate Anna and Kristoff’s romance.
At first, Anna and Kristoff didn’t get along well. They irritated each other, and their personalities clashed. As they spent more time together, they learned to understand and care for each other.
Unlike most Disney couples, however, they do not marry at the end of the film. They don’t tie the knot until the sequel, Frozen 2 (2019). At the end of the film, Anna and Kristoff get married and become the new queen and king of Arendelle.
Rapunzel and Flynn
Disney Movie: Tangled (2010)
Most Disney couples fall in love at first sight. Rapunzel and Flynn, however, aren’t like that. Their first meeting happens after Rapunzel catches the thief Flynn Rider trespassing into her tower. At first, Flynn was nothing more than a thief to Rapunzel.
Later on, the two eventually fall in love as Flynn accompanies her to see the sky lanterns. Along the way, they encounter evil thugs, royal guards, and a fast-flooding cave. They realize their feelings for each other as they sing the duet, “I See the Light”.
Rapunzel and Flynn quickly became fan favorites after the film’s success. In 2012, Disney released Tangled Ever After. The sequel is a short film about the preparations for Rapunzel and Flynn’s wedding.
Pocahontas and John Smith
Disney Movie: Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas (1995) is a musical film about the love story of Pocahontas and John Smith. Set in 17th century Virginia, Pocahontas meets Captain John Smith, an English settler from London. Against all odds, they fall in love and stop the settlers from invading her tribe’s home.
Unlike most Disney couples, Pocahontas and John Smith do not live happily ever after. At the end of Pocahontas (1995), John Smith returns to England. Meanwhile, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998) introduces John Rolfe, Pocahontas’ new love interest.
Despite this, many fans consider John Smith as Pocahontas’ official love interest. The impact of their relationship was greater than her relationship with John Rolfe.
Milo and Kida
Disney Movie: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Compared to other Disney couples, Milo and Kida are not as popular. However, the two share a special bond just like other fan favorites.
In Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), linguist Milo Thatch sets on an expedition to find the lost city of Atlantis. Together with his team, they take a submarine and discover the city under the ocean. There, Milo meets Princess Kida.
The two of them bond over their love for Atlantis, and Milo gives up his expedition to save Atlantis from Commander Rourke. At the end of the film, Milo stays with Kida instead of returning with the others to the surface.
Mulan and Li Shang
Disney Movie: Mulan (1998)
Mulan (1998) follows the story of Fa Mulan, a young woman who joins the Imperial Chinese Army while disguised as a man. At the camp, Mulan meets Captain Li Shang, who is in charge of training her and the other recruits. At first, Shang is angry at her deceit, but their mutual respect makes Shang trust Mulan. Together, they save the Emperor and China from the Huns.
Unlike most Disney couples, Mulan and Shang don’t become royalty. Shang is a captain, while Mulan also becomes a soldier. Despite this, Mulan is still an official Disney princess as many fans love and adore her.
In 2004, Disney released a sequel called Mulan II which features Mulan and Shang as an official couple. Newly engaged, Mulan and Shang must work around their conflicting views on love and duty.
Megara and Hercules
Disney Movie: Hercules (1997)
Among all the Disney couples, Megara and Hercules are the only ones from Greek mythology. Hercules (1997) tells the story of Hercules, the son of Zeus and Hera. As he tries to reclaim his godhood, he meets Megara, a beautiful and sarcastic maiden.
Many fans love the couple’s dynamic. Even in the face of death, their love for each other didn’t waver. His selflessness and love for Meg helped him defeat Hades and finally become a “true hero”.
In 1999, Disney released the sequel, Hercules: Zero to Hero, where Meg and Hercules are happily married.
Nani and David
Disney Movie: Lilo & Stitch (2002)
When people talk about Disney couples, they often forget about Nani and David. They aren’t as popular as the classic princes and princesses, and their love story isn’t central to the plot of Lilo & Stitch (2002). However, many fans consider Nani and David as one of the best Disney couples ever.
Throughout the film, Nani is constantly busy with job hunting and taking care of her younger sister, Lilo. Unfortunately, Nani has no time for a love life. This doesn’t deter David’s feelings at all. He helps Nani look for a job, and when the two sisters feel sad, he takes them out surfing.
To many fans, David is the ideal boyfriend. Thankfully, Nani finally has time for a relationship at the end of the film. In the film sequels and TV series, the two are happily dating.
Chicha and Pacha
Disney Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) is a film about Kuzco, a young, selfish emperor who wants to demolish Pacha’s home. Before he can, however, Kuzco’s evil adviser, Yzma, turns him into a llama. Kuzco now needs Pacha’s help to journey back to the empire and return to his human form.
Unlike most Disney couples, Chicha and Pacha are already married at the start of the film. In fact, the couple has two young children, and Chicha is pregnant with their third. Pacha does his best to save their home, and Chicha always supports Pacha without question.
Aside from being a wonderful couple, they are also great parents. Chicha and Pacha genuinely care for their kids, and they know how to play with them too. To many fans, this makes Chicha and Pacha one of the most relatable Disney couples ever.
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Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible
Disney Movie: The Incredibles (2004)
By now, you’ll notice a lot of Disney couples were heroes in their own films. Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible aren’t just heroes. They are actual superheroes with powers, secret identities, and costumes.
Bob Parr, who now works a desk job, misses his glory days as Mr. Incredible. Helen Parr, or Elastigirl, is now a stay-at-home mom who takes care of their three kids. Their mundane life turns upside down when Bob receives a job offer to become Mr. Incredible once again.
Throughout the film, Helen and Bob fight over their conflicting views. At times, they disagree on how to raise their kids. Despite all this, they never waver because of their love for each other and their family.
In 2018, Disney released the sequel Incredibles 2, where Helen becomes a full-time superhero while Bob becomes a stay-at-home dad.
Jane and Tarzan
Disney Movie: Tarzan (1999)
Tarzan (1999) tells the story of a young boy who grows up in the jungle among gorillas. As an adult, Tarzan meets Jane and a group of explorers who want to study gorillas. For the first time, Tarzan meets humans like him.
Unlike most Disney couples, Tarzan and Jane don’t speak the same language. However, this language barrier doesn’t stop them from getting closer. Eventually, they fall in love as Jane teaches Tarzan how to speak English. Jane learns how to speak gorilla too.
In 2002, Disney released Tarzan & Jane, a sequel that takes place one year after Tarzan (1999). The film focuses on their first wedding anniversary.
Esmeralda and Phoebus
Disney Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
In The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Esmeralda and Phoebus are one of the best Disney couples ever. Their romance is not the central plot of the film, but their love resonated with many fans.
Esmeralda is a beautiful gypsy who can dance and perform magic tricks. Meanwhile, Phoebus is the captain of the guard. He answers to Judge Claude Frollo, a man who hates gypsies.
Some fans rooted for Esmeralda to end up with Quasimodo. However, Esmeralda and Quasimodo’s chemistry is undeniable. They both believe gypsies should live freely, and they stand up for Quasimodo against other people.
Nala and Simba
Disney Movie: The Lion King (1994)
Not all Disney couples are human. In fact, some of the best Disney couples are animals, robots, or even toys! One example is Nala and Simba from The Lion King (1994).
As kids, Simba and Nala were best friends who liked to explore the Pride Lands of Africa. They are separated after Simba flees to the desert over the guilt of his father’s death. They reunite years later when Nala asks Simba to come back and reclaim his father’s throne.
In the sequel, The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998), Nala and Simba are happily married with a daughter named Kiara.
Duchess and Thomas O’Malley
Disney Movie: The Aristocats (1970)
The Aristocats (1970) follows the story of Duchess, a pampered cat who inherits the lavish fortune of her owner. Unfortunately, Edgar the butler kidnaps Duchess and her three kittens, so he can inherit the fortune instead. Left stranded in the countryside, she meets Thomas O’Malley, a carefree alley cat. Thomas offers to guide them back to Paris, and they fall in love along the way.
During its theatrical release, The Aristocats (1970) became the most popular film in several countries, including France and Germany.
Lady and Tramp
Disney Movie: Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Like most Disney couples, Lady and Tramp come from different social backgrounds. Lady is a cocker spaniel that lives with a sweet couple. Meanwhile, Tramp is a stray mutt that lives alone. The two meet after Tramp rescues Lady from vicious stray dogs. They don’t see eye to eye at first, but they eventually fall in love. At the end of the film, Tramp is adopted into the family, and he and Lady have a litter of four puppies.
Lady and Tramp popularized the cute trope of accidentally kissing while eating pasta. At an Italian restaurant, Lady and Tramp share a plate of spaghetti. They accidentally kiss after Tramp eats one end of the noodle and Lady eats the other.
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Maid Marian and Robin Hood
Disney Movie: Robin Hood (1973)
Over the years, Robin Hood (1973) has become a Disney fan favorite. The film follows the story of Robin Hood, a fox who robs the rich and gives their wealth to the common folk. By chance, Robin meets Maid Marian, who turns out to be his childhood sweetheart.
While Robin no longer remembers Marian, their connection is still there. However, like most Disney couples, the odds are against their love. Marian is the niece of King Richard, while Robin is a wanted criminal. Despite this, they overcome all obstacles together. King Richard pardons Robin, and the couple finally marry.
Jessie and Buzz Lightyear
Disney Movie: Toy Story 2 (1999)
Jessie and Buzz Lightyear may be toys, but they are also among the best Disney couples ever.
Toy Story 2 (1999) introduces several new characters, including Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl. They don’t get together immediately, but both Buzz and Jessie hint at their attraction for each other. In Toy Story 3 (2010), it becomes clear they both care for each other deeply. They express worry any time the other is in danger. At the end of the film, Jessie and Buzz finally realize and confess their feelings for each other. In Toy Story 4 (2019), their relationship was seen less on screen, but they are still obviously a couple.
Bo Beep and Woody
Disney Movie: Toy Story (1995)
Jessie and Buzz Lightyear aren’t the only Disney couple you’ll find in Toy Story (1995). Bo Beep and Woody are just as cute too!
Their romance doesn’t develop as quickly as Jessie and Buzz do. However, many fans can tell right away that Bo and Woody are meant to be together. Throughout the film series, Bo constantly supports Woody. While they go separate ways in Toy Story 3 (2010), they reunite in Toy Story 4 (2019). Woody finds Bo and enlists her help to rescue another toy. Even after all those years apart, Bo and Woody still love and care for each other deeply.
Sally and Jack Skellington
Disney Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
If you’re looking for a couple’s costume for Halloween, consider going as Sally and Jack Skellington. In Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Sally and Jack Skellington are residents of Halloween Town.
As the “Pumpkin King”, Jack is beloved by all, including Sally. Sally is a creation of the mad scientist, Doctor Finkelstein. While they get together in the end, it isn’t without a lot of effort. Sally is very shy, so she finds it hard to confess to Jack.
Because of this, many fans view them as one of the most relatable Disney couples ever. From harboring a crush to confessing, Sally and Jack help young audiences feel seen.
Princess Atta and Flik
Disney Movie: A Bug’s Life (1998)
Like most Disney couples, Atta and Flik come from different backgrounds. Atta is the princess of their ant colony, while Flik is an eccentric inventor. At first, Atta dislikes Flik. She sees him as nothing more than a troublemaker.
As time goes by, however, Atta notices Flik’s crush on her, and she also develops her own feelings. She realizes she misunderstood Flik and comes to appreciate his inventions. Eventually, Atta becomes the queen, and she chooses Flik to be her mate.
From 2002 to 2018, fans could visit Disney California Adventure for a meet and greet with Flik and Atta. They stayed at “A Bug’s Land”, an area based on the film.
EVE and WALL-E
Disney Movie: WALL-E (2008)
Among all the Disney couples, EVE and WALL-E might be the cutest. EVE and WALL-E are the protagonists of the science fiction film WALL-E (2008).
The story follows WALL-E, an old robot that lives alone on Earth. One day, he stumbles upon EVE, a beautiful white robot whose purpose is to scan the earth for any signs of life. Smitten, WALL-E follows EVE back to the starship. Together, they fulfill EVE’s mission of transporting a plant safely to the ship.
EVE and WALL-E couldn’t be more different. EVE is an advanced robot with a sleek design. Meanwhile, WALL-E repairs himself by salvaging parts from other robots. Despite this, the two suit each other well.
Clarabelle Cow and Goofy
Disney Movie: Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)
Unlike most Disney couples, Goofy and Clarabelle aren’t the same species. Goofy is a dog, while Clarabelle is a cow. Despite this, Clarabelle and Goofy look alike. They are both tall with black fur. They have similar head shapes too. Their personalities, however, are very different. Goofy is a silly and happy-go-lucky man. Meanwhile, Clarabelle is a snooty gossip. At times, however, Disney portrays Clarabelle as clumsy and rowdy as Goofy.
Unfortunately, Clarabelle doesn’t appear as often as Daisy does. In An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000), Goofy even has a different love interest. Despite this, fans regard Clarabelle as “the one” for Goofy.
Daisy Duck and Donald Duck
Disney Movie: Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)
Daisy and Donald Duck are one of the oldest Disney couples ever. Daisy first appears as Donald’s love interest in the film Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940). Since then, she has consistently appeared as Donald’s girlfriend in comics, films, and more.
Sometimes, Daisy dates Gladstone Gander, Donald’s cousin and rival. However, this is often because Donald frustrates Daisy with his childishness. In the end, Donald always makes it up to Daisy, and they end up back together.
For fans, the dynamic between Daisy and Donald is fun to watch. Couples won’t always see eye to eye, but making amends makes a difference.
Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse
Disney Movie: Steamboat Willie (1928)
Of course, a list of the best Disney couples wouldn’t be complete without Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Mickey is Disney’s most famous character. In fact, many dub Mickey as Disney’s mascot. His female counterpart is Minnie Mouse. They first appeared in Steamboat Willie (1928), the first film that began Disney’s empire. Steamboat Willie (1928) is the first Disney film with synchronized sound, and it is a black-and-white short film.
Since then, Mickey and Minnie have consistently appeared as a couple in Disney films, TV shows, and video games. They never officially marry or have any kids. However, it’s clear to fans that Mickey and Minnie are meant to be together forever.