Exciting news for Disney Junior as it proudly presents its first-ever Latina princess: Elena of Avalor, a “confident and compassionate teenager,” as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, Nancy Kanter, announced today. “Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” Kanter explained. Voiced by Aimee Carrero, Elena will debut next year in an episode of “Sofia the First” and will later have her own spin-off series, “Elena of Avalor.”

According to the company’s announcement, “Elena lives in an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” with the supporting cast which will include Elena’s grandfather Tito, her grandmother Cici, adviser Duke Esteban, and wizard-in-training Mateo. Nancy Kanter went on to explain why the new character is so special, “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.”

elena-of-avalor Elena of Avalor is 16 years old and described as an audacious, funny, brave, smart and caring young girl. Disney Junior

Elena will set out to fight against sorcerers to save her sister Isabel as well as her grandparents. But in a twist of events, her lucky charm will have to separate her from her family in order to save her life too. 

The network might’ve drawn inspiration from Nickelodeon’s biggest hit in recent years, “Dora the Explorer.” In any case, we can’t wait to meet Elena!