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Elena of Avalor

Elena of Avalor

  • Premiered: 
    July 22, 2016
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  • Network: Disney
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Animated
  • Concept: 
    Created by Craig Gerber 
  • Subject Matter: Fantasy
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Plot Synopsis

ELENA OF AVALOR is a half-hour animated series that follows the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Set in Avalor, an enchanted fairytale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, Elena's journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders. Since Elena is only 16 years old, she has a Grand Council comprised of her grandparents, older cousin Chancellor Esteban and new friend, Naomi to help give her advice along the way. Elena also looks to her younger sister Isabel, and her friends Mateo and Gabe for guidance and support. Elena learns to lead the kingdom with some magical friends by her side, including a trio of flying creatures called jaquins (half-bird/half jaguar). The kingdom of Avalor is filled with mystery and magic, which manifests itself in four primary ways: enchanted creatures, wizardry, glimpses into the spirit world, and the magic that Elena possesses from her time spent trapped inside an amulet. Elena carries a scepter of light, which wields various powers that she discovers throughout the series, including the ability to see the unseen. Additionally, Elena's best friend Mateo, a wizard-in-training, practices his spells using a tamborita, a wand inspired by the drums used by the Mapuche 'Machi' (shaman) in Chile. Created for kids age 2-11 and their families, Elena's stories contain valuable lessons for young viewers. Her adventures, decision-making abilities and fearlessness in standing up for herself and what she believes convey a standard of behavior for leaders. At the heart of the series is the universal theme surrounding the importance of friends and family; Elena sometimes struggles with balancing the needs of her loved ones while also considering what is best for the kingdom. Plus, each episode incorporates Latin and Hispanic cultures and traditions, as well as magic, mythology and folklore. The first episode, "First Day of Rule," features Noblins, elf-like shapeshifting creatures that are based on a Chilean peuchen myth; and introduces Zuzo, Elena's spirit guide, which is based on an idea from a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico that everyone has a spirit double in the animal world. In subsequent episodes, Elena and her family will celebrate Dia de los Muertos and Navidad, two of the most important holidays celebrated throughout Latin America and Spain. The Latin and Hispanic influences are also present through Avalor's architecture, music and food. Music also plays an important role in the series, with each episode featuring at least one new original song. There are many different Latin musical styles highlighted, including Mariachi, Latin Pop, Salsa, Banda and Chilean Hip Hop. The guest voice cast for Season 1 includes Tituss Burgess as Charoca, a magical volcano creature based on a Chilean myth; Ana Ortiz as Rafa, Mateo's mother; Ivonne Coll as Dona Angelica, an absent-minded and overly dramatic ghost; Hector Elizondo as Fiero, a wicked wizard; Odette Annable as Senorita Marisol, Isabel's enthusiastic young teacher; Danny Trejo as Antonio Agama, a popular Avaloran hero; Anthony Mendez as King Juan Ramon, a monarch from the Argentine-inspired Kingdom of Cordoba; Eden Espinosa as Orizaba, an evil moth fairy banished to the spirit world; Marsai Martin as Cat, a budding scientist and adventurer; Aasif Mandvi as King Raja, a monarch from the Indian-inspired Kingdom of Napurna; and George Takei as King Toshi, a monarch from the Japanese-inspired Kingdom of Satu.

On Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9am ET/PT, Disney Channel premiered the second season of ELENA OF AVALOR. In the season opener, "The Jewel of Maru," on Dia de los Muertors, Elena meets a Maruvian ghost named Amalay who stands watch over the powerful Jewel of Maru. Genesis Rodriguez guest stars as the voice of Amalay.
Season 3 of ELENA OF AVALOR premiered on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 12:30pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. Princess Elena receives new magical powers and, keeping her focus on the future of Avalor, proves herself ready to become Queen -- but must first face the ultimate test of courage and character. Season 3 includes a Dia de los Muertos-themed event, guest-starring Eugenio Derbez and Taye Diggs, airing this October; a Hanukkah-themed episode, guest-starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler as a visiting princess from a Latino Jewish kingdom, airing in December; and Elena's royal coronation special airing in 2019. Guest stars for Season 3 also include Rachel Brosnahan; Tony Shalhoub; Auli'i Cravalho; John Leguizamo; Melissa Fumero; Stephanie Beatriz; Arturo Castro; Sofia Carson; Kether Donohue; Kate Micucci; Allen Maldonado; Gina Torres; Tovah Feldshuh; professional wrestler Roman Reigns; and Broadway stars Anthony Ramos, Andrea Martin, Olga Merediz and James Monroe Iglehart.

In the season opener, "Sister of Invention," Isabel tries to prove she's old enough to join Elena and her team when they set off on a mission to track down escaped villains Ash and Carla. Tony Shalhoub guest stars as Zopilote, a powerful shape-shifting sorcerer.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Disney Television Animation