Elena of Avalor

Secrets Revealed in New Elena of Avalor TV Movie—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Elena and the Secret of Avalor: Coming to Disney Channel and Disney Junior

Fans of Disney’s newest princess, escúchame! Elena and the Secret of Avalor, a very special television movie event, will premiere in simulcast on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior (double the fun!) on Sunday, November 20, at 7 p.m. EST. The TV movie will tell the intriguing tale of how Elena was imprisoned in her magical amulet by the evil sorceress Shuriki, voiced by legendary actress Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), and eventually set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia. But that’s not all: Elena’s anthem “My Time,” performed by Aimee Carrero (who voices Elena in the series), makes its big debut during the special event!

Also featuring the voices of Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Chris Parnell, and Ana Ortiz, Elena and the Secret of Avalor combines the creative teams of Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor for a truly memorable hour of TV! The perfect way to head into the Thanksgiving holiday…


Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
November 4
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Glen Keane
November 5
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23
November 19–20
D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures
July 14-16, 2017
D23 Expo 2017
November 4, 2016
Doctor Strange opens in theaters
November 23, 2016
Moana opens in theaters
December 16, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters
March 17, 2017
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters
September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30; October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort
September 23, 26, 28, 30
October 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 29, 31

Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Resort
September 2–October 29 (Friday and Saturday Nights, plus October 31)
Club Villain, special ticketed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
September 14–November 14, 2016
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World Resort
November 20, 2016
Elena and the Secret of Avalor is simulcast on Disney Junior and Disney Channel at 7 p.m. ET

When Will Our Lives Begin? When Tangled: The Series Debuts in 2017!

If you’re anything like us (and we’re pretty sure you are), you’ve been wondering about Rapunzel, Flynn, and the rest of our faves from Disney’s adorable 2010 animated hit Tangled. We caught a glimpse of their wedding shenanigans in the 2012 short Tangled Ever After… but what other adventures came over our heroes’ horizons? Have no fear—we’ll find out so much more when Tangled: The Series debuts on Disney Channel in 2017. Watch the teaser trailer, above, for a special sneak peek…

Tangled: The Series takes place between the original film and the ’12 short—so expect to see Rapunzel re-acquainting herself with her parents, her kingdom, and the people of Corona. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Flynn (aka Eugene), and the series will also feature the dulcet tones of Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Tambor, Sean Hayes, Richard Kind, and Broadway stars Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin).


Vote Now for the Next Disney Emoji

Wanna have a say in which Disney character next gets the emoji treatment in Disney Emoji Blitz? You’re in luck! With more Disney and Pixar emojis added to the mobile game every month, it’s time for you—the fans—to vote on which emoji should join their icon-ified cohorts!

Head on over to Oh My Disney to cast your vote, now through October 23. And don’t forget, Disney Emoji Blitz recently welcomed Beauty and the Beast emojis to the super-fun and super-popular game… just in time for the movie’s big 25th anniversary next month.

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man to Debut on Disney XD in 2017

One of the biggest announcements to come out of last week’s New York Comic Con sent our spidey-senses into overdrive: Disney XD is bringing an all-new, original animated television series, Marvel’s Spider-Man, to the network in 2017! Produced by Marvel Television, the show will follow the story of an unsure but courageous teen who has to figure out how to be a superhero from the very beginning.

As to how this new show will jive with Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man… well, that Disney XD series will culminate in January 2017 with an exciting two-part finale arc titled “Graduation Day”—in which Spider-Man must stop Doctor Octopus and the Superior Sinister Six from destroying all of the heroes in New York City. Marvel’s Spider-Man will focus on the teenage Peter Parker, as he navigates this newfound “web” of abilities. Stay tuned for more spidey-scoop as it becomes available.


Catch a Peek at Moana This Month at Disney California Adventure Park!

We’ll soon be taking to the ocean with a brave young wayfinder—and her seafaring demigod pal—when Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest, Moana, sails into theaters on November 23. But if you’re heading to the Disneyland Resort this fall, you can see a very special preview of scenes from the film at Disney California Adventure Park, beginning October 14. Look for it at the Bug’s Life Theater, where it will be presented in 3-D with very cool in-theater effects!

Directed by the legendary animation filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, Moana stars Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson—and features the musical talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i. Oceanic adventure, ahoy!

Toy Story Vans shoes

To Infinity and Beyond with New Toy Story-Inspired Footwear from Vans

OK, we’re so adding these to our Christmas wish list! Just last week, Vans—the über-cool sports footwear and apparel brand—debuted a brand-new collection celebrating the original characters of Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story… and they’re pretty dang cool!

Vans is showcasing Andy’s favorite toys across an extensive assortment of adult and kids footwear, as well as apparel and accessories, this holiday season. Look for Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, Rex, and even the cute three-eyed Aliens adorning everything from high-tops and Vans classic “Old Skool” shoes to slip-on styles, hats, and backpacks for the kids and toddlers in your clan.

The Disney•Pixar Toy Story collection from Vans is available now, both in retail stores and online at Vans.com.

Eric Stonestreet

The Toy Box: Kids and Inventors Come Face-to-Face on ABC

ABC just announced a cool new series, perfect for the whole family! The network is partnering with Mattel Creations, the content creation and distribution division of Mattel, Inc., to launch a first-of-its kind primetime television show that turns all the excitement, drama, and big-time creativity of the toy-invention process into a high-stakes contest.

Hosted by Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), The Toy Box is the ultimate toy-competition series, providing talented designers with the chance of a lifetime: an opportunity to bring their toy concept to life with industry giant Mattel. The toys—and their inventors—will be put through a series of trials and tests before facing the ultimate judges: a panel of no-nonsense, toy-loving kids! Each episode will feature expert toy inventors from around the world as they compete for the opportunity to present their creations in the huge The Toy Box season finale. And what awaits the winner? The opportunity to bring their creation to market, thanks to Mattel! Yes, the winning design will be available for purchase at retail stores as the season finale airs, allowing fans of the show to play with the very product they just watched come to life.

Keep your toy-lovin’ eyes peeled for more info (including a premiere date) as it becomes available…