A new Disney Princess takes the stage in her new TV show, Elena of Avalor.
Moms whose children love the Disney Junior show Sofia the First will surely be excited about this spin-off animated show showcasing what many consider to be Disney’s first princess of Latina decent.
The show surrounds a 16-year-old princess named Elena, who is getting ready to take her place on the throne as Avalor’s rightful Queen. However …not everyone is sure she is ready to take on such a weighty responsibility just yet. Sixteen might just be a little too young to take on running an entire country — no matter how confident you may be. The show is meant to teach kids through the character of Elena about compassion, thoughtfulness, resilience and learning as Elena does that she needs these to run the kingdom of Avalor smoothly.
According to Disney, the show is going to incorporate influences from different Latin and Hispanic cultures throughout the series. That includes everything from music throughout the show, to tradition, to folklore, to the architecture of the buildings in the kingdom, and even to the food. Craig Gerber, creator of the show, stated, “It was very important to us that since we were doing a show with a kingdom inspired by Latin American culture, that we get that right,” and then included, “Even though it’s a fairytale world, there are things that feel very authentic.”
Elena of Avalor’s TV debut episode was on July 22 and Disney even has a TV-movie planned for the fall that is currently in the works. Elena may not be Disney’s first Latina princess to have a big release, but this is part of Disney’s initiative to make their cast of characters more racially diverse. For instance, Disney is releasing its new Disney Princess film “Moana” this year which includes a main character of Polynesian decent. Many Disney fans are still waiting for a Latina princess to hit the big screen, but for now, families can enjoy this new adventure with their little ones on Disney Junior in the mornings.
You can watch the trailer for the TV show here.