Disney – and by association, Disney Cruise Line – is all about inclusivity, and a big part of that is body positivity. This is why we’re starting to see a shift away from the classic ‘skinny’ look of Disney characters to those with a variety of body types.
There are some Disney characters you could definitely describe as ‘thicc’ – which if you aren’t familiar, is a fun term for those with a full-figured body that is considered attractive, with a curvy waist and often a larger butt. Some people might feel it’s less offensive than describing them as fat Disney characters.
So, let’s take a look at ten thicc Disney characters that are representing the body positivity movement – and who knows, maybe you’ll get the chance to meet one on your next Disney cruise.
Are There Any Curvy Disney Princesses?
Traditionally, curvy Disney characters have been kept as sidekicks, villains, or other supporting characters. There has yet to be a ‘curvy’ lead princess although they are being portrayed less as thin and with more average body types in recent films.
There have been some subtle changes to body type in characters including Disney Princesses, with waists being less exaggerated as thin and leg shape being altered, but we’re yet to see a Princess you could definitely call curvy yet.
That said, here are some thicc Disney characters that I’m loving to see on screen…
Fairy Mary from The Disney Fairies series
While probably the least famous of the characters on this list, Fairy Mary is an important one. In the series of movies based around Tinker Bell, Fairy Mary is Tink’s best friend and mentor. She is portrayed in a way that many chubbier characters haven’t been before – she is graceful and elegant in her movements, and a clear advocate for the body positivity movement.
Flora, Fauna and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty
Well, maybe not so much Merryweather who was still quite dainty, but I’ve grouped the three good fairies because they all represent different body types. For a movie that was released over 60 years ago, it’s nice to see that different shapes were recognised without a joke being made of them – the fairies were funny, but not because one was chubby and one was buxom.
LeFou from Beauty and the Beast
Gaston’s faithful sidekick, LeFou may not have eaten 5 dozen eggs each morning like his mentor in order to get large but he certainly has a more curvy shape to him. Already a popular character, he was played masterfully by Josh Gad in the live-action remake and was considered the first gay character in Disney movies, becoming even more of a Thicc icon.
Luisa from Encanto
She’s the strong one, she’s not nervous – or at least that’s how her song Surface Pressure begins. Encanto is a film that’s filled with stunning music and characters, and despite Luisa’s slightly reduced role she is without a doubt one of the most popular and attractive thicc characters in all of Disney. A shame she didn’t get the same romantic attention as her family.
Maui from Moana
No list of thicc characters from modern Disney movies would be complete without this legendary demi-god. Never mind the tides, the sun and the sky – he should be saying “You’re Welcome” for the hair and the bod. Even when he transforms into his signature eagle, he retains that curvy look whilst helping Moana to save the day.
Mr & Mrs Potato Head from the Toy Story series
Is a potato thicc? It is when it brings all the sass and attitude that this amazing married couple do. Mr Potato Head might be the cynic of the first movie, but by the time his wife arrives in time for the rest of the series, these two become absolute goals, even when wearing the angry eyes.
Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast
It feels odd moving from a potato to a teapot when talking about thicc characters, but you can’t argue that Mrs Potts is not an absolute curvy legend, even when transformed back into a human at the end of the movie. In fact, you could add quite a few Beauty and the Beast characters to this list, including ‘The Wardrobe’ – later named Madame de Garderobe.
Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
While the live-action Alice in Wonderland films really went to town on the size of her head, the original animated movie just portrayed the Queen of Hearts as a powerful monarch with a lot of curves – and a lot of anger. A shame she was so obsessed with decapatation – maybe she just needed someone to love her for who she is.
Ursula from The Little Mermaid
Ursula completely embodies that feeling of supreme confidence, with her curvy buxom shape and her big round butt. What a shame that the film then decides to make her turn herself into a stereotypical ‘slim’ figure when pretending to be Vanessa in order to steal away Prince Eric – the film really missed the thicc memo here.
Winnie the Pooh
Bless Pooh Bear, he really is the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. A little too much fluff once he gets his hands on some honey – we all know the story of that bear’s little behind getting him trapped in Rabbit’s ‘Howse’ as he tries to climb out. Oh, Pooh.
Have I missed anyone? Do you have a favourite thicc Disney character that you’d love to hug and grab a photo with on your next Disney cruise? And when do you think we’ll get a thicc Disney princess in a leading role? Let me know in the comments.
- Fairy Mary from The Disney Fairies series
- Flora, Fauna and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty
- LeFou from Beauty and the Beast
- Luisa from Encanto
- Maui from Moana
- Mr & Mrs Potato Head from the Toy Story series
- Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast
- Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
- Ursula from The Little Mermaid
- Winnie the Pooh
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Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.