“A Disney princess inspired by Latin cultures, ‘Elena of Avalor,’ will be introduced in 2016 [on an animated series] on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks around the world,” the Disney Channel announced today.
The announcement continues, “The role of 16-year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero (ABC Family’s ‘Young & Hungry’).”
It will be Disney’s first Latina princess.
The announcement also notes that “Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, will be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior’s hit series ‘Sofia the First’ beginning production now for a 2016 premiere. That exciting story arc will usher in the 2016 launch of the animated series ‘Elena of Avalor,’ a production of Disney Television Animation. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
Kanter herself says, in the announcement, “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.”