The newest Disney Princess, 'Elena of Avalor,' is finally here and is part of a full-fledged Disney Channel TV series. Disney Junior initially indicated Elena would descend from one specific Hispanic culture, but in light of the premiere, there's been a change. The team behind Elena of Avalor ended up developing the kingdom of Avalor and its characters as a representation of all of Latin America.
Disney did extensive research and worked to incorporate music, folklore, traditions, animals and plant life that originate from different Latin countries. The palace is inspired by Caribbean, colonial Spanish and Mexican architecture. The score is diverse with salsa, merengue, Chilean hip-hop and several other Latin genres of music. Many of the animals are hybrids of indigenous Latin American species.
The introduction of Latina Disney princess Elena of Avalor allows Disney to connect with the growing Hispanic population in the US and young girls in South America.