Disney’s first Latina princess is coming to ‘Sofia the First’
Princess Elena of Avalor will debut on the Disney Junior ‘toon next year and later get her own series
By Don Kaplan
Disney unveiled its first Latina princess Thursday.
Princess Elena of Avalor will star in an episode of “Sofia the First,” a hit Disney Junior show for preschoolers, in 2016, and will later get her own spinoff series.
Elena is “a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy-tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” the network said in a statement.
Aimee Carrero from ABC Family’s “Young & Hungry” will provide the voice of Elena, whose backstory is connected to the magical amulet Sofia wears.
Sofia’s stepfather, the king of Enchancia, gave it to her in the series’ first episode and told her never to take it off.
The amulet summons other Disney princesses — like Cinderella and Ariel the mermaid — when Sofia is in trouble and also allows her to talk to animals.
In the episode featuring Elena, Sofia learns that the girl was imprisoned in the amulet decades ago by an evil sorceress while trying to protect her little sister.
Sofia “discovers the truth … and sets out to restore Elena to her human form and help her return to the kingdom of Avalor,” says Disney.