Move over, Anna and Elsa—Disney's got a new princess coming to town this summer!
And by "town," we mean The Disney Channel.
Called Elena of Avalor, the show—which will feature the Mouse House's first-ever Latina princess!—is a spinoff of the channel's popular Sofia the First, and will be geared toward kids ages two to seven. (Though FWIW, my kids are currently 10 and 13 and they still watch Sofia, but you didn't hear that from me).
From what we've heard so far, the vibe of Elena sounds pretty much like a cross between Dora the Explorer and Aladdin. Take an adventurous teenage princess who's been trapped inside a jeweled amulet for a few decades, and then have Sofia set her free so she can journey through the kingdom to find her parents and rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen.
YASSSSS! Of course, she'll have to defeat an evil sorceress first. Because duh.
The show's stories are expected to incorporate influences from Latin and Hispanic cultures through architecture, traditions, food and customs, according to Variety. According to Deadline, the show will kick off with a one-hour premiere event on July 22, with the princess being voiced by Aimee Carrero and the theme song performed by Latin Grammy Award-winner Gaby Moreno.
Each episode of Elena will then feature original songs in Latin musical styles like mariachi, Latin pop, salsa, banda and Chilean hip-hop. Pretty cool! And get this: first-season guest stars include Hector Elizondo as a wicked wizard, Lou Diamond Phillips as a debonair villain, and George Takei as a Japanese king.
I don't know about you guys, but I am probably way more excited for this thing than I should be. Too bad the show doesn't air for another six weeks. In the meantime, starting July 1 fans can download the Disney app to check out a full-length preview of the first episode.
Hasta pronto, mis amigos!