Defined as the art of dressing up as a fictional character, usually from a movie, book, TV series, video game, or Japanese manga or anime, cosplay has gained popularity in recent years. One of the most impressive forms of cosplay is transforming yourself into an iconic Disney character, who you're used to only seeing in cartoon form! These cosplayers have surpassed our expectations and brought some iconic Disney characters to life.
@thedrpepperprincess as Elsa
Dayna Sauble, most popularly known on Instagram as "The Dr. Pepper Princess," is arguably one of the most versatile cosplayers, having a variety of looks from Mrs. Incredible to Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Her look as Elsa is by-far the best anyone has done. Besides nailing the look of Elsa, she has the vocal range to match.
@cassandracosplays as Esmerelda
Cassandra has cosplayed as Maleficent and the White Queen, both of which are stunning. The cosplay that did us in was her take on Esmerelda. Everything about this look is flawless, from the hair and makeup to the quality of the costume. If she seems familiar, that might be because she was a performer at Universal Studios Orlando.
@millycosplay as Shego
Milly is a cosplayer based in Great Britain. Her looks are so marvelous that you'll probably have to do a double-take. Her stand out cosplays include Captain Marvel, Peggy Carter, Hela, Thor and Bo Peep. But it was her Shego from "Kim Possible" that left us at a loss for words.
@smileandasongprincessparties as Anna
Joanna Lynn is the owner of one of the most popular character party companies in all of Southern California. She effortlessly brings many Disney characters to life, such as Alice, Wendy Darling and Mary Poppins. But her cosplay as Anna from Disney's "Frozen" is the definition of perfection.
@beethyphotography as Violet Parr
Violet Parr has the ability to turn invisible, but this cosplay deserves to be seen in all of its glory! This cosplay is one of the best Incredibles costumes around because the details are all spot on. From the face-fitting mask to the silky jet-black hair, Violet has never looked better.
@benzoate_ost as Judy Hopps
Judy has been a fan-favorite since Disney’s “Zootopia” premiered and this cosplay really captures her personality. Choosing an outfit that isn’t her typical police uniform makes this costume stand out. And matching Judy’s purple eyes shows great attention to detail!
@ryoko_demon as Captain Amelia
Another lesser known Disney character, Captain Amelia from “Treasure Planet is a fan favorite and her outfit is perfect cosplay inspiration. The strange alien-cat hybrid Amelia was a vivacious character and this cosplayer embodied her spirit perfectly, down to the distinctive mole on her lip.
@morganacosplay as Mother Gothel
Not the usual first pick for someone choosing to do Disney cosplay, Mother Gothel is actually the ultimate villain to embody! Her gorgeous gown and elegant makeup make this character a must-do for any Disney costumer. And personifying her witchy ways must be a blast.
@benzoate_ost as Ariel
This cosplayer took inspiration for her “Little Mermaid” costume not from the source material, but from Ariel’s cameo in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Ariel’s casual updated look brought out the character’s natural beauty and this cosplayer brought it to life! Down to her seaweed green nail polish, every detail of this costume is stunning!
@itsginnydi as Cinderella
Ginny’s brilliant Cinderella cosplay is one for the books. Her simple makeup paired with a spot on outfit brings the classic fairy tale to life. And the magical touches of the scenery and decor of her kitchen are phenomenal. The only thing this cosplay is missing is a few cute mice to help Cindy with the dishes.
@costumepixie-blog as Kim Possible
Every detail in this photo is perfect, down to the naked mole rat in Ron Stoppable’s pocket. Whatever the sitch is, I’m sure these two can solve it. I can almost hear Wade calling the kimmunicator now!
@madhatter_boy as Captain Hook
Connor Breen is a stellar costume designer and makeup artist. He has a raw talent of being able to transform himself into any character from the Mad Hatter to Merlin, though his most iconic cosplay has to be Captain Hook. Many people have attempted this cosplay, but all others fail in comparison to Connor's masterpiece.
@allenwasierman as Ursula
Allen is known for his avant-garde looks because he strays from the typical forms of cosplay. He is comfortable mixing characters and cosplaying as female characters. His other looks include Lumière, Hades and the Queen of Hearts. The attention to detail, however, on the sea-witch Ursula is by far our favorite.
@tracihines as Ariel
Traci Hines is the owner of Adorkable Apparel and is a Queen in the cosplay community. She has created many looks, even gender-bending Disney characters, and she has depicted what these characters would look like in different eras of history. Out of all her cosplays, Ariel is the best. Traci is the real-life version of this mermaid-turned-princess.
@amberarden as Snow White
Amber Arden is truly the fairest of all the cosplayers, and her Snow White cosplay is unmatched. Her ability to take the character of Snow White and transform her into a fairy, mash her up with Boba Fett, or create a Snow White masquerade look is unparalleled. If you like her style, you might want to check out her Etsy store, Amber's Unique Boutique.
@miss_leena_royer as Vanessa
Leena has brought to life many Disney characters through cosplay. She has created looks for Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Belle, to name a few. The Disney cosplay that left us speechless was Vanessa. For those who don't know, Vanessa is from "The Little Mermaid;" she is Ursula's human form. Leena is absolutely stunning as this sea-witch turned human.
@helenstifler as Jessica Rabbit
Helen Stifler once again proved herself to be the queen of cosplay with her Jessica Rabbit look. Sometimes costumes of this character can look downright creepy (remember Heidi Klum’s Halloween costume?) or just plain strange (like Disneyland’s mascots that strolled through the park in the early 2000’s). But Helen captured the perfect middle ground between realistic costume and over-the-top glamour, just like Jessica Rabbit would.
@helenstifler as Tinkerbell
This cute and cozy Tinkerbell cosplay from Helen Stifler is incredible in its subtly. The attitude she is giving the camera is what takes this cosplay over the edge. She seems as bold and brash as Tink herself! But, is that an Alice in Wonderland mug she is holding?
@benzoate_ost as Helga Sinclair
Helga from “Atlantis” may not be the first character that comes to your mind when you think of iconic Disney movie heroines, but her strength and tough-as-nails character made her a fan favorite and this cosplay really brings her to life!
@ashini_jayasinghe as Jasmine
Ashini is a cosplayer based out of Sri Lanka. She stands out from other cosplayers due to her talent for tailoring the character that she is cosplaying to her tastes. Her best look is Princess Jasmine. It truly brings us to a whole new world of cosplaying talent.
@salem_cosplay as Flynn Rider
Majin Salem is quite the chameleon, having created looks for characters from movies, TV shows, video games and everything in between. He has also cosplayed as Aladdin and Kuzco, which are both iconic. However, the cosplay look that stood out for getting every detail right was his take on Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert.
@karmaxylia as Jane
Karmaxylia is a French cosplayer. She is a natural and she hand-makes all of her costumes. Our favorite cosplay of hers is Jane from "Tarzan." She captured the character and her essence so perfectly. Keep an eye on Karmaxylia because she has a lot more cosplays planned for the future.
@leledraw as Prince Phillip
Lele is a cosplayer based in Italy. He has created fabulous cosplays as Prince Eric, Prince Naveen and John Smith. He is phenomenal at bringing these iconic Disney male characters off the screen and into real-life. His Prince Phillip cosplay is hands-down the best and most flawlessly executed.
@vitaly_sparoff as Captain Jack Sparrow
Many people have attempted to cosplay as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and many fall short. One person has left us in awe over the attention to detail, not only in the costuming but the mannerisms. Honestly, Vitaly is the best Captain Jack cosplay that we have come across.
@carmenvalentina as Peter Pan
Carmen V. Estrada is a force to be reckoned with in the world of cosplaying. Carmen has created looks for various characters in the universes of Harry Potter and Disney. She has a natural talent. Our favorite Disney cosplay of hers is Peter Pan. It's a different take on what everyone else has done, and it's out of this world.
@snowmerida as Merida
Lauren is as cute as a button. She has created cosplay looks for a majority of the Disney princesses, characters from the TV series "Kim Possible" and a few of the Disney fairies. Our absolute favorite Disney cosplay of hers is Merida. She embodies the fiery spirit of this princess, as well as her softer playful side.
@thattallprincess as Megara
Naomi is not a damsel, nor is she in distress, but she sure makes a convincing Megara. Her version of this iconic Disney heroine is everything. The cosplay is divine. She even recorded a short video of herself saying some of Meg's lines from "Hercules," and she has the voice, the tone and pacing down.
@lexivaughncosplay as Tinkerbell
Lexi Vaughn started cosplaying by dressing as Elsa, which then spiraled into creating numerous cosplays. Her cosplay of Tinkerbell is by far the best that we have come across. Some of her other looks to check out would be Elastigirl, Snow White and Ariel.
@disneyprincesscosplay as Aurora
Catherine is gorgeous and effortlessly changes herself from one character into another. She has created two looks for Sleeping Beauty, one in her classic dress and another in her cottage dress. Both are jaw-dropping. She is a vision in pink or blue. If you like her take on Sleeping Beauty, check out her Leia, Padme and Nebula cosplays.
@briarrosecosplay as Belle
Megan McKinn is a cosplayer based in the United Kingdom. Her cosplay as Belle is unrivaled. The best part about it is that she got her significant other to join in on the cosplaying fun to play Adam. And now they create cosplay looks together.
@lifeofshel as Rapunzel
Shel is well-known in the cosplaying community with over 55,000 followers on Instagram. Shel brings a bohemian flair, which adds a whimsical sense to her cosplay. She created a classic Rapunzel as well as a bohemian cosplay. Both are stunning in their own right. She is the real deal, she is authentic, and it shows in her posts and the characters that she cosplays.
@princesssfx as Moana
When someone cosplays as a character, it's much more than just physicality. It's also about embodying the energy of that character. Eliana accomplishes both with her Moana cosplay. She is the Princess of Motunui, representing strength, courage, and fearlessness. If you don't know of Eliana, she is one to watch due to her skills with makeup.
@myonceuponaparty as Tiana
We are unsure as to the name of the actress, but this is hands down the best version of Princess Tiana that you can find outside of the Disney Parks. Everything about this look is superb. And the essence of Princess Tiana is jumping off of this photo. If you live in the South Central Area of Texas, be sure to meet this Tiana for us.
@melodysprincesslife as Mal
Melody Ricketts is yet another chameleon in the world of cosplaying; she looks fabulous with any eye or hair color. Her Mal cosplay sets her apart. This "Descendants" cosplay is spot-on. She even posted a side-by-side photo of her next to Dove Cameron as Mal, and it was practically indistinguishable.
@trisha_layons as Cinderella
Trisha is radiant in blue as Cinderella from the 2015 live-action film. She ventured out of her comfort zone with this cosplay, as she typically creates looks for video game and sci-fi characters. Also, the gown she is wearing was created by her friend and fellow cosplayer, Anastasia Lion.
@helenstifler as Rapunzel
This Rapunzel costume is simple, yet perfect. What made Rapunzel stand out from previous Disney princesses was her animation’s style. Rapunzel’s wide eyes and cute aesthetic set a new standard for Disney princesses, and that era is exactly what Helen brings to life here.
@jessicalynngonz as Elastigirl
Jessica LG from Instagram went with the retro Elastigirl costume for her cosplay, and it was a great choice! Elastigirl aka Helen Parr stole the show in the newest “Incredibles” movie, becoming both a motherly icon and proving that girls are stronger than guys, once and for all.
A Duck as Donald Duck
Topping every other cosplayer on this list is this duck, who appeared at San Diego Comic Con as who else but Donald Duck. His devotion to his role is breath-taking and bold. And his hat is just adorable. It’s a ten out of ten from us.