There will be a new Disney Princess for children to admire and dress-as over the next few years, and she also the first Latin addition to the growing Princess lineup. Disney made the announcement earlier today, confirming that Elena of Avalor, described as “inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” will be the next Disney princess to get her own series.
She won’t be getting her own film, instead she will get a special episode on Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First,” a series that is scheduled to begin in 2016. That is just the jumping off point, after that the new character will be starring in her own animated series called “Elena of Avalor.”
Borrowing from Disney’s popular ‘Young & Hungry’ cast, Aimee Carrero will be voicing the new character. Disney described Elena of Avalor as a 16-year-old girl, one who is a “bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor.”
Disney is also making quite an introduction for Elena, the show will be translated into 25 languages on Disney Junior, across 154 countries around the world. According to early estimates, Disney hopes that the series will reach more than 207 million households on TV sets alone, not to mention digital-streaming and secondhand sources.
“Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” said Nancy Kanter, Disney Junior Worldwide’s executive vice president and general manager. “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.”
More information on the series will be released from Disney at a later date, including additional castings and a more exact release date.