Disney Goes Latin With Its Newest Princess

Elena of Avalor will be introduced on “Sofia the First” before receiving her own show

Say “hola” to Disney’s latest princess.

Disney plans to add a new princess with a Latin flair to its roster next year, the company said Thursday.

The character, Elena of Avalor, is described as “inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.” She’ll be introduced during a special episode of Disney Junior’s “Sofia the First,” which is slated for a 2016 premiere.

Following her “Sofia the First” introduction, the character will receive her own animated series, “Elena of Avalor.”

Aimee Carrero, of ABC Family’s “Young & Hungry,” will voice the character, who is described as a 16-year-old and a “bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor.”

The new character will receive a big rollout. “Elena of Avalor” will be presented in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels and daily programming blocks for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channels, among other platforms, in 154 countries around the world. Disney estimates that the series will reach more than 207 million households on television alone.

“Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” Nancy Kanter, Disney Junior Worldwide’s executive vice president and general manager, said of the new character. “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.”