Disney Junior is set to introduce a new Disney princess “inspired by Latina culture” when Elena of Avalor launches in 2016.
Princess Elena of Avalor is a “confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore” and will be introduced during a special episode of Disney Junior’s Sophia the First.
The show, Elena of Avalor, will then launch in 2016 as a brand-new animated series on Disney Junior.
Princess Elena will be voiced by Aimee Carrero from ABC Family’s Young & Hungry.
“Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” said Nancy Katner, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. “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.”
The story of Princess Elena started when her parents and kingdom were taken from her by an evil sorceress. Elena faced the sorceress to protect her little sister but was pulled inside her magical amulet and trapped. Princess Sophia discovers the truth about the amulet she’s been wearing – it’s the one that trapped Elena – and sets out to restore Elena to her human form.
Elena of Avalor will be shown in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels in 154 countries around the world.