Elena of Avalor

Elena of Avalor
Genre Fantasy
Created by Craig Gerber
Based on Sofia the First by Craig Gerber
Voices of
Theme music composer John Kavanaugh
Composer(s) Tony Morales
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Running time 20–27 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney Channel
First shown in United States
Original release July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22) – present
Related shows Sofia the First
Elena and the Secret of Avalor
External links
Official website

Elena of Avalor is an American computer-animated television series that debuted on June 20, 2016 via demand in Canada,[1] on July 1 via internet,[2] with a July 22, 2016 television premiere on Disney Channel in the United States.[3][4] The series is about a Latina princess and her family and takes place in the same universe as Disney Junior's Sofia the First.[5][6][7]

On August 11, 2016 Disney announced that Elena of Avalor was renewed for a second season.[8]


Teen princess Elena Castillo Flores[9] has saved her magical kingdom of Avalor from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as its crown princess. Elena's adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders. Since she is only physically 16 years old (although she spent another 41 years conscious inside the Amulet of Avalor, actually making her 57), she must follow the guidance of a Grand Council composed of her grandparents, older cousin Chancellor Esteban and a new friend, Naomi Turner. Elena also looks to her younger sister Isabel, her friends, wizard Mateo and Royal Guard lieutenant Gabe, a spirit animal named Zuzo, and a trio of magical flying creatures called Jacquins (a race of winged jaguars) for guidance and support.

Cast and characters


No.Title[15]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date[15][16]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"First Day of Rule"Elliot M. BourCraig GerberJuly 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)[18]1012.22[19][lower-alpha 1]

With the defeat of Shuriki and restoration of Avalor, Elena is eager to prove to her grandparents and cousin Esteban that she is capable of ruling as Queen. Her first challenge involves finding stolen ships and rescuing Isabel and Gabe from magical shape shifters called Noblins.

Song: "Ready to Rule" sung by Elena and Francisco
2"Model Sister"Elliot M. BourBecca TopolJuly 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)[18]1022.22[19][lower-alpha 1]

Elena attempts to balance her duties as Crown Princess and devotion to her family when a visiting emperor arrives at the same time her sister Isabel needs her help with a project for the annual Inventor's Fair.

Song: "Sister Time" sung by Elena and Isabel
3"All Heated Up"Elliot M. BourTom RogersJuly 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)1031.23[20]

A rock monster named Charoca that appears in a nearby village causes problems with his explosive temper triggering volcanic activity. Elena is put at odds with the Grand Council when they vote to remove him while she desires to hear him out.

Guest star: Tituss Burgess as Charoca

Song: "Blow My Top" sung by Charoca and Elena
4"Island of Youth"Nathan ChewBecca TopolAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)1041.73[21]

While the castle is preparing a surprise party for Esteban, Elena and Mateo take him sailing to an island where the Fountain of Youth is located. Elena and Mateo must save Esteban when he drinks too much water and becomes younger.

Guest stars: Anthony Avila as Young Esteban, Desmond Gerber as Baby Esteban

Songs: "Elena's Lullaby" sung by Elena, "Esteban's Birthday Song" sung by Isabel and Francisco
5"Spellbound"Robb PrattTom RogersAugust 26, 2016 (2016-08-26)1051.26[22]

On the night Elena decides to appoint Mateo as Royal Wizard of Avalor, an evil malvago and old enemy of Alakazar named Fiero turns her family and the citizens to stone. Mateo must put his skills to the test to stop Fiero and save the people of Avalor.

Guest star: Héctor Elizondo as Fiero

Songs: "The Magic Within You" sung by Elena
6"Prince Too Charming"Nathan ChewMercedes ValleSeptember 16, 2016 (2016-09-16)1071.14[23]

Elena visits the Kingdom of Cordoba to oversee construction of a bridge between it and Avalor but is convinced by lazy and spoiled Prince Alonso to shirk her royal duties. Elena must save the kingdom when the digging awakens a totem giant from Mayan folklore named the Yacalli.

Guest stars: Tyler Posey as Prince Alonso, Anthony Mendez as King Juan Ramón, Jason LaShea as Yacalli

Song: "Feel Free to Have Fun" Sung by Elena and Prince Alonso.
7"Finders Leapers"Nathan ChewSilvia OlivasSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)1061.43[24]

Naomi takes charge of an archaeological dig of an underground Maruvian chamber. Esteban, who believes Naomi does not belong on the Grand Council, acts on his own and releases the Duendes, mischievous magical elves from another realm.

Guest stars: Grey Griffin as Professor Mendoza

Song: "Someone Special" sung by Naomi
8"Royal Retreat"Robb PrattBecca TopolSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)1081.23[25]

Elena attends her first Royal Retreat as Crown Princess and learns that it is more important to do what is right than to fit in after a clashing disagreement with one of her fellow rulers.

Guest stars: Jess Harnell as King Hector, Jeff Bennett as King Lars

Song: "To Be In My Club" sung by King Hector
9"A Day to Remember"Elliot M. BourSilvia OlivasOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)1091.38[26]

On Dia De Los Muertos, Elena learns that she now has the ability to see ghosts. She uses this power to help the spirit of an elderly woman named Doña Angelica reconcile an argument between her two grandchildren Carmen and Julio and save their family restaurant from being closed down by a man named Señor Estrada who wants to turn the property into a bank.

Song: "Festival of Love" sung by Elena
10"The Scepter of Light"Robb PrattStory by: Tom Rogers
Teleplay by: Mercedes Valle
November 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)1101.20[27]

Elena finds out that her scepter is ancient and magical, and Zuzo warns Elena not to use the scepter during the eclipse festival until they can figure out how it works. However, Elena has no choice but to use her mystic scepter when an evil moth fairy, by the name of Orizaba, returns during the eclipse to fulfill her plan to cause eternal night.

Song: "The Gift of Night" sung by Orizaba
"Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas"[29]
TBATBADecember 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)TBATBD

See also: Elena and the Secret of Avalor, a crossover television film with Sofia the First, which premiered November 20, 2016.


The series' 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. Even though it's a fairytale world, there are things that feel very authentic." Story editor Silvia Olivias stated "We have cultural consultants help us every step of the way. They read everything from the premise all the way through the final draft." On the show's music, Latin music consultant Rene Camacho said "The styles of music we're using overall — it's all Latin-based, it's very festive." Consultant Diane Rodriguez stated that the show "has this visual element that’s so evocative, it takes the look of the Latino culture, of the Americas, almost to another level."[30]


The debut episode "First Day of Rule" was distributed on-demand on June 20, 2016 by Rogers TV in Canada.[1] Disney scheduled the online release in the United States for July 1, 2016.[2][31] The series' television premiere was on July 22, 2016 on Disney Channel in the U.S.[3][4]

An episode of the series aired as a sneak peek on Disney Channel (UK and Ireland) on July 15, 2016, and more episodes will air later in the year.[32][33]

On July 18, 2016, the music video for "My Time" was released via cable on-demand services.[1]

A television movie titled Elena and the Secret of Avalor, which shows the origins of the series, premiered on November 20, 2016.[31][34][14]

Home media

DVD release

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Title Release Date Episodes Additional Features
Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule[35] December 6, 2016
  • "First Day of Rule" (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • "Model Sister" (Season 1, Episode 2)
  • "All Heated Up" (Season 1, Episode 3)
  • "Island of Youth" (Season 1, Episode 4)
Projection scepter


  1. 1 2 The Disney Channel ratings for the July 22, 2016 airing of episodes 1 and 2 are combined.


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    "My Time" Aired on 07/18/16
    First Day of Rule Aired on 06/20/16
  2. 1 2 Milligan, Mercedes (10 June 2016). "'Elena of Avalor' Takes Disney Channel Throne July 22". Animation Magazine. A full-length preview of the first episode will launch on the Disney Channel app and VOD platforms for verified users on July 1.
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  29. "Disney On December". 10 November 2016. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Elena of Avalor Feliz Navidad: A Royal Christmas TBA
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  31. 1 2 Evans, Greg (June 9, 2016). "Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date For 'Sofia' Spinoff 'Elena Of Avalor'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 30, 2016. A full-length preview of the first episode, “First Day of Rule,” will be available for verified users on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD platforms beginning July 1.
    Disney Channel will air a special TV movie this fall called Elena And The Secret Of Avalor, explaining how Elena was imprisoned for decades in a magical amulet and set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia.
  32. Disney Channel UK (July 12, 2016). Elena of Avalor | Sneak Peak!. YouTube. Retrieved July 20, 2016. Catch a sneak peak of Elena of Avalor this Friday 15th July @ 4:25pm on Disney Channel UK!
  33. Disney Channel UK [DisneyChannelUK] (July 22, 2016). "@Danielle_TW_Dee Hi Danielle, the episode you've seen is a little sneak peek of the full series coming later this year. 😊 Hope you liked it!" (Tweet). Retrieved August 16, 2016 via Twitter.
  34. "First Day of Rule". Elena of Avalor. Season 1. Episode 1. 0 minutes in. Elena: Shuriki tried to strike me down, but the amulet saved my life, by pulling me inside it. Alacazar found the amulet and summoned his spirit animal Zuzo, who sent him on a journey to free me. It took a little longer than I'd hoped. Forty-one years. But one magical day, I was freed from the amulet.
    Elena of Avalor. Season 1. Episode 1. 5 minutes in. Isabel: How can I sleep after being trapped in an enchanted painting for forty-one years? That's fourteen thousand nine hundred sixty-five days.
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