Tangled came out over a decade ago, so only card-carrying members of the tinfoil hat brigade would see a real connection between the name of the kingdom in Tangled and the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic. But instead of reminding people of the popular Mexican lager, the name of Rapunzel’s kingdom in Tangled now reminds them of the novel coronavirus despite the fact that the kingdom in Tangled predates SARS-CoV-2 by several years.
“What was the name of the kingdom in Tangled?” was the most Googled question during a weekend in late March of last year. The first round of stay-at-home orders in the U.S. was less than a month old at this time, and it was only natural to wonder if Disney would change the Tangled town name in a sequel to Tangled because lots of people weren’t yet worried about keeping their jobs or paying rent or all of the other headache and heartache the pandemic would bring over the course of the next year.
That the kingdom in Tangled is named Corona is an unfortunate coincidence and, strangely, it’s not the only one as many Twitter users have pointed out. Consider that Rapunzel’s lifestyle (solitary, in a tower without any way to access the outside world or breathe in its germs) is an ideal situation for someone trying to avoid contracting COVID-19. It’s social distancing of the height of a tower, which is much greater than the CDC-recommended six feet.
I'm watching Tangled and I can't believe Rapunzel practiced social distancing in a tower away from the village of Corona. I just— pic.twitter.com/WfZJl6PNVn
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) March 18, 2020
Then there’s “When Will My Life Begin,” one of the original songs in the film whose lyrics can be read as useful tips on things to do when a pandemic forces you to stay at home for days, weeks, or months on end.
THINGS YOU CAN DO IN QUARANTINE:
-sweep till the floor's all clean
-mop & shine up
-sweep again and by then it's like 7:15
-read a book or maybe 2 or 3
-add a few new paintings to my gallery
-wonder when will my life begin
— Cassie: The Last Airbender (@CassK9) March 15, 2020
If Disney ever makes Tangled 2 (a real one, the “Ever After” short doesn’t count), we wonder if they will rename the kingdom or if Rapunzel and Rider will conveniently move to another area, maybe Vaccineville or Maskopolis?
But if Disney decides to keep “Corona,” as the name of the kingdom in Tangled, it will be for a good reason. The name was chosen in the first place because its meaning fit the movie, as another Twitter user pointed out. As it turns out, the word “corona” has an appropriate meaning for Tangled and the virus.
Corona means crown in many languages. So not that surprising they used that word. The Covid-19 looks like the shape of a crown 👑 under a microscope.
— Richelle Taylor (@TheRichelleT) March 20, 2020
So while there haven’t been any plans to do another movie with Rapunzel and Rider, it would be interesting to see if Disney would come up with a way to change the name of Rapunzel’s kingdom if they did make a second film. Until then, we’ll look back fondly on the time when speculating about a minor change to a potential Disney sequel was the thing people were Googling.