Meet Elena of Avalor: Disney’s first Latina princess

Her magical kingdom will brim with Latin and Hispanic music, architecture, food, and folklore

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Elena of Avalor is coming to the Disney Channel, marking the first Latina princess on the network.

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The TV series tells the story of an orphaned princess who wins back her family’s kingdom from an evil sorceress and fights to protect her people.

Despite 17% of the US population being Hispanic, Elena is the first Latina princess to grace the world of Disney.

The show is set to debut on 22 July at 7pm on the kids’ network.

Dominican-American actress Aimee Carrero voices Elena and the series will also feature Latin talent including Constance Marie, Danny Trejo and Ivonne Coll.

“Disney’s been in my family for a very long time and just to see my own images represented, my own culture represented, is really special and I hope it will be for everybody watching,” Carrero told USA Today.

Show creator and executive producer Craig Gerber said: “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.”

He added: “Even though it’s a fairytale world, there are things that feel very authentic.”

Disney is also making a TV movie titled “Elena and the Secret of Avalor,” set for Autumn, along with theme park appearances by the character and merchandise.

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Elena of Avalor airs in the UK on Disney Channel in Autumn