The Disney Junior beloved heroine, Elena, is about to bid goodbye but not before she gets crowned the Queen of Avalor next month.
Elena of Avalor was a Disney Junior series that many young children have adored since it aired in July 2016. Four years later and after three majestic seasons, the animated series finally ends.
For those who did not follow the show, Elena of Avalor follows the story of Elena, the first Latina Disney princess, per TV Line. Her life’s adventure centers on her learning to become the next great ruler of her enchanted fairy tale kingdom.
Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day—primetime special
The Disney Junior series will end on August 23, with a “primetime special,” per Deadline. The title of the last series episode will be Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day.
In the coming weeks leading to that, starting July 26, new episodes will be aired every Sunday afternoon.
For the official synopsis of the finale, TVLine quotes:
“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.”
Accordingly, the primetime special will be a star-studded event. The Grandfather actor Andy Garcia will be featured as one of the voices for the Four Shades of Awesome. Along with him are Jenny Slate from Gifted, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill, and Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live (SNL).
Furthermore, Patrick Warburton will also be taking part in this historic finale. Warburton has been a Disney voice actor before, as many may recognize his voice from The Emperor’s New Groove as Kronk, Yzma’s henchman. In Elena of Avalor: Coronation Day, Warburton will voice as Grand Macaw, the ruler of the dark side of the Spirit World, per The Hollywood Reporter.
There are also returning guest stars such as Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin, and Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine—to name a few.
Creator expressed honor on spearheading Elena of Avalor
Moreover, Craig Gerber, the creator and executive produce of the Disney Junior animated series said, “It has been a tremendous honor for me to bring Disney’s first Latina princess to the screen.”
He further expressed gratitude to the team behind Elena of Avalor and the impact that they’ve made to young kids, especially Latina girls, who watched the series:
“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.”
Since 2016, the series gained garnered many awards. In its first year, Elena of Avalor was already a nominee for a Primetime Emmy Award. Come 2017, it also became a nominee for the WGA Award, TCA Award, and Annie Awards. The animated series also received its very first award that year for Best Children’s Programming Imagen Award.
The series then became a back-to-back award holder of the Daytime Emmy, in 2018 and 2019.
Despite the story coming to an end, the series will reportedly continue to air on Disney Junior and on other Disney Channel platforms.
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