[07/21/20 - 08:14 AM] Princess Elena's Heroic Journey to Become Queen Culminates in an Epic Prime-Time Finale Coronation Special of "Elena of Avalor" Premiering Sunday, Aug. 23, on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW New episodes leading up to the finale will debut every Sunday, beginning July 26.
[via press release from Disney Channel]
PRINCESS ELENA'S HEROIC JOURNEY TO BECOME QUEEN CULMINATES
IN AN EPIC PRIME-TIME FINALE CORONATION SPECIAL
OF 'ELENA OF AVALOR' PREMIERING SUNDAY, AUG. 23,
ON DISNEY JUNIOR AND DISNEYNOW
-- Star-Studded Voice Cast Features New and Returning Guest Stars,
Including Jenny Slate, Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Andy Garcia,
Gina Rodriguez, Mario Lopez and Rachel Brosnahan --
-- New Episodes Leading up to the Finale to Debut
Every Sunday Beginning July 26 --
Princess Elena's heroic journey to become queen culminates in an epic prime-time finale special of Disney's Emmy(R) and Imagen Award-winning series "Elena of Avalor," premiering SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 (7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT). New episodes leading up to the finale will debut every Sunday, beginning JULY 26 (5:00 p.m. EDT/PDT). All episodes premiere on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW.
Inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, "Elena of Avalor" premiered in July 2016 and tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has been learning what it takes to be a great leader by ruling her enchanted fairytale kingdom as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. The series, which airs in over 150 countries around the world, has been lauded for its messages of leadership and inclusiveness.
Click HERE to view a video of the cast and series creator/executive producer discussing the series' significance and what being a part of the show has meant to them.
Creator and executive producer Craig Gerber said, "It has been a tremendous honor for me to bring Disney's first Latina princess to the screen. Everyone involved with 'Elena of Avalor,' from the creative team to the unbelievable cast and crew, felt the responsibility to get this right. We created the character of Elena with the hope that she would be a role model, not just for young Latina girls watching, but for all children to be able to see what a true leader looks like. From the beginning, Elena's story arc has been that she would one day become queen. With the series finale, the creative team has been able to bring Elena's story to the thrilling conclusion that we always envisioned. I can't wait for viewers to see the final chapter in Elena's epic adventure."
In the prime-time special titled "Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day," as plans for Elena's coronation are underway, Esteban's team of villains unleash legendary spirit misfits, the Four Shades of Awesome. In order to save her kingdom, her family and her friends, Elena must journey to the Spirit World and back, and face the ultimate test of her courage and character, before becoming queen. Jenny Slate, Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen and Andy Garcia guest star as the Four Shades of Awesome and Patrick Warburton voices Grand Macaw, ruler of the dark side of the Spirit World.
The finale also features returning guest voice cast members Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Camil, Justina Machado, Gina Rodriguez, Mario Lopez, Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, John Leguizamo, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Cloris Leachman, Chrissie Fit, Tyler Posey, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Kether Donohue, Nestor Carbonell, Andrea Navedo, Eden Espinosa, Ana Ortiz, Gina Torres and Gaby Moreno, who also sings the series' theme song.
The series stars Aimee Carrero as the voice of Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar, respectively; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando.
"Elena of Avalor" will continue to air on Disney Junior and Disney Channel platforms around the world. The series' first two seasons are also currently available on Disney+.
"Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day" was written by Gerber and Rachel Ruderman, with story by Gerber, Ruderman, Tom Rogers, Kate Kondell and Silvia Olivas. Elliot M. Bour is co-producer and supervising director, and Pilar Flynn is producer. John Kavanaugh is the series' songwriter/music director, Tony Morales is composer, and Rene Camacho serves as Latin music consultant. The series' cultural advisors are Marcela Davison Avilés and the late Diane Rodriguez. "Elena of Avalor" is a production of Disney Television Animation and carries a TV-Y parental guideline.