Disney’s first Latina princess will get a story all her own. After months of heightened anticipation over Disney’s new princess — “inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore” — Princess Elena of Avalor is finally slated to receive the royal treatment.
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Soon to debut on a special episode of Disney Junior‘s Emmy-winning Sofia the First, Princess Elena of Avalor is all set to join the ranks of Disney’s diverse pool of princesses, including Ariel, Belle, Tiana, Snow White, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Aurora, Merida, Pocahontas, and Mulan. The Disney princess was officially introduced in early 2015 on Disney’s blog. Now, plans for a new spin-off series and book have been revealed.
A Disney Junior Spin-off for Princess Elena
The reported Disney Junior spin-off will follow Princess Elena’s journey to lead the people of Avalor. Already in production, Disney’s Latina princess will not only add a new zest to the station’s lineup, but also promises family appropriate programming in 25 languages.
In a past statement released by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, the inclusion of a Latina princess was one of the ways the studio sought to deliver diversity that realistically reflects today’s heterogeneous culture.
“Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience. 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 Disney Princess’s Backstory
The Disney princess’s story begins with the typical good-versus-bad plot before Elena is swept into captivity by an evil sorceress, Shuriki. While defending her family, the princess is pulled into a magical amulet by Shuriki. Princess Sofia of Enchancia, star of Sofia the First, discovers Princess Elena years later in the amulet, a token she wears daily, and helps restore her to human form. Elena’s spin-off will explore the ups and downs of the 16-year-old Disney princess as she returns to rule Avalor with the help of her family, magical friends – Mateo, a budding wizard, and Skylar, a flying magical creature – and royal council.
Aimee Carrero, best known for her role on both the film and television series, Level Up, is slated to voice Princess Elena’s character on Disney Junior. Rumors also suggest Jenny Ortega of Jane the Virgin and Carlos Alazraqui of Reno 911 will be a part of the series’ cast.
The executive producer of Sofia the First, Craig Gerber, will oversee production of the Disney princess’ series. Story editor Silvia Cardenas Olives, who gained success with previous shows Moesha and the Brothers Garcia and is an alum of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writers Program, will also work behind the scenes. With cultural advisement from Doris Sommer, a Harvard University professor and Director of Spanish Graduate Studies, and Marcela Davison Aviles, Managing Director and Executive Producer of the El Camino Project, Disney shows a commitment to honoring diversity and ensuring the show embraces the multi-faceted Hispanic culture.
Princess of Avalor’s Book Release
To add to the potential success of the new Disney princess, the studio plans a book release on June 7th along with a Princess Elena doll.
With all of the buzz surrounding the princess, will she garner the same success as other Disney royalty? Make sure to tune in to Disney Junior to catch the new Disney princess, Elena of Avalor, as she makes her debut on Sofia the First. And, don’t forget to check back for her upcoming spin-off series premiere.
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