UPDATED June 12th, 2018
In January we learned that Princess Elena of Avalor, Disney’s first Latina Princess, will make her debut in 2016. We’ll meet her on a special episode of Disney Junior’s Sofia the First before she gets her own spin-off, Elena of Avalor. She is described on Disney’s blog as “…a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.” She will be voiced by ABC Family’s Young & Hungry star Aimee Carrero. Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, Nancy Kanter says: “What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”
Elena of Avalor is aimed at two to seven-year-olds and will teach valuable life lessons about leadership, diversity and family traditions. Her story began when Shuriki, an evil sorceress took her parents and their kingdom. Princess Elena bravely fought to protect her sister and grandparents until her magic amulet saved her life by pulling her inside its jewel where she remained trapped. Princess Sofia, who now wears the amulet, discovers the truth and frees Elena and helps her reclaim her place as the 16-year-old ruler of Avalor.
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