It’s official, Disney finally has a Latina princess. Meet Elena of Avalor.
— Peeta Pan (@peetapan_) January 29, 2015
Disney News23 tweeted out the news and a picture of the newest princess. Elena will make her grand entrance into the Disney world in 2016. She will be introduced during a special episode of the hit animated series, Sophia The First. In the episode, Princess Sophia will have to help Princess Elena find her way back home. The episode will focus on Elena and lead to a spinoff of a different show. Elena of Avalor will center around the “confident and compassionate” hispanic princess. According to Disney Junior, Elena’s kingdom will be inspired by “diverse Latin cultures and folklore” – a first for the media franchise.
In a statement, Disney Junior Worldwide Executive VP and General Manager, Nancy Kanter, wrote, “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 will be voiced by Aimee Carrero, known for her work on the Young and Hungry. Other characters will consist of her grandfather Tito, grandmother Cici, and a royal advisor named Duke Esteban. There will also be a wizard-in-training named Mateo and a magical flying creature named Skylar. Critics are saying the show sounds a lot like Sophia The First.
While Elena is being called the first Latina princess, many are saying Sophia is really the first princess with hispanic roots, says the show’s executive producer, Jamie Mitchell. But Disney princess fans criticized the light skinned, blue-eyed and auburn-haired character.
Wake me up when Disney's first #Latina princess looks like me ????smh
— CARMELINA (@carmelinamusic) October 19, 2012
Fans will have to wait until next year to see if Elena will live up to all of the expectations.