Character will be introduced in a future episode of Sofia before starring in her own series in 2016.

Disney to launch Sofia the First spin-off, Elena of Avalor

Disney is launching a Sofia the First spin-off show in the form of Elena of Avalor.

Princess Elena of Avalor, a character inspired by Latin culturesand folklore, will be introduced in a special episode of Disney Junior’s Sofia the First before starring in her own show in 2016.

The role of 16-year-old Princess Elena will be voiced by Aimee Carrero of ABC Family’s Young & Hungry.

"Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

"What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale."

The stories in Elena of Avalor are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to young children about leadership, resilience, diversity, compassion and the importance of family and family traditions.

The series will be presented in 25 languages on Disney Junior channels and daily programming blocks for kids on Disney Channels, among other platforms, in 154 countries around the world.

On television alone, its estimated daily reach will be over 207 million households.

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