Disney Channel’s Elena Of Avolor will bow with a one-hour premiere event July 22 at 7 PM, the channel said today. Voiced by Aimee Carrero (as Princess Elena) and with a theme song performed by Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno, the fairytale series that serves as a spinoff of Disney’s Sofia The First tells the story of Avolor’s princess Elena, described by Disney Channel as “a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen.”
With influences from Latin and Hispanic culture, architecture, tradition and folklore, each episode of Elena Of Avalor will feature original songs in an array of Latin musical styles including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop.
A full-length preview of the first episode, “First Day of Rule,” will be available for verified users on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD platforms beginning July 1. Following its U.S. debut, the series will roll out globally in 33 languages in 163 countries on Disney Channels worldwide.
Disney Channel will air a special TV movie this fall called Elena And The Secret Of Avalor, explaining how Elena was imprisoned for decades in a magical amulet and set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia.
The series and character will be getting a big push from the Mouse. Disney Parks & Resorts will welcome Princess Elena at Walt Disney World Resort this summer and at Disneyland Resort in the fall, while Disney Publishing plans print and e-book titles. Dolls, role-play products, accessories, home décor and apparel are coming from Disney Store and licensees including Hasbro, Jakks Pacific, Franco Manufacturing and Children’s Apparel Network. Walt Disney Records will release Elena’s anthem “My Time” (sung by Carrero) as a digital single on iTunes on June 24, followed by a six-track EP featuring songs from the series on Friday, July 22. An episode DVD compilation is planned by Disney Studios for release later this year.
In addition to Carrero, Elena of Avalor stars Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Carlos Alazraqui, Emiliano Díez, Julia Vera, Christian Lanz, Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Haro, Jorge Diaz, Keith Ferguson and Joe Nunez. Recurring guest voices include Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rich Sommer, with guest voices for Season 1 including Tituss Burgess, Ana Ortiz, Ivonne Coll, Hector Elizondo and George Takei.
Elena of Avalor was created by Emmy winner Craig Gerber, who also serves as executive producer. Silvia Cardenas Olivas is the story editor, and Elliot M. Bour is the supervising director. Tony Morales is the composer, John Kavanaugh is the songwriter/music director, and Rene Camacho serves as Latin music consultant.
Elena Of Avalor is a production of Disney Television Animation.