By Zach Johnson
Mark your calendars, Elena of Avalor fans! This morning, Disney Channel announced that the third season of the animated series will premiere Monday, October 7, at 12:30 p.m. on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. The Emmy®- and Imagen Award-winning program, which premiered in 2016, is inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. The new season will follow Princess Elena as she receives new magical powers and proves herself ready to become Queen. But before her coronation, the princess will have to face the ultimate test of courage and character.
Season three will feature a Día de los Muertos-themed event, guest-starring Eugenio Derbez and Taye Diggs, airing in October; a Hanukkah-themed episode, guest-starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler as a visiting princess from a Latino Jewish kingdom, airing in December; and Elena’s royal coronation special, airing in 2020. Season three guest stars include Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub, Auli’i Cravalho, John Leguizamo, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Arturo Castro, Sofia Carson, Kether Donohue, Kate Micucci, Allen Maldonada, Gina Torres, Tovah Feldshuh, Roman Reigns, Anthony Ramos, Andrea Martin, Olga Merediz, and James Monroe Iglehart.
Elena of Avalor features the voice talents of Aimee Carrero as 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. Latin Grammy® Award winner Gaby Moreno performs the series’ theme song and also voices the recurring character of Marlena.
Elena of Avalor’s recurring voice cast includes Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cheech Marin, Justina Machado, Jaime Camil, Gina Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Rosie Perez, Diane Guerrero, Mario Lopez, Kimiko Glenn, Whoopi Goldberg, Cloris Leachman, and Tony Plana.
Fans of the popular series can meet Princess Elena daily at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; she also makes special appearances at Disneyland Resort in California. Elena will be featured in “Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour,” debuting Friday, November 1.