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Elena and the Secret of Avalor is the 2016 full length animated feature production from Walt Disney Studios.


In a kingdom not too far away, there was a little girl called the Little Princess Sofia, who discovers the incredible mystery behind her amulet. Princess Elena from the Kingdom of Avalor has been magically trapped inside Sofia's amulet, waiting for another Princess to set her free, and Sofia is up to the task!


In Avalor, Crown Princess Elena presents the witch Shuriki's broken wand to her friend Naomi. She tells her how Princess Sofia saved her and the kingdom.

While attending school in Enchantia, Sofia sees a vision of Shuriki murdering Elena's parents, King Raul and Queen Lucia, when her amulet summons her to the castle's secret library. A book in the library turns into the wizard Alacazar, who explains how Elena originally possessed Sofia's amulet. The amulet was given to Elena on her 15th birthday and it saved her life by pulling her inside when Shuriki attacked her after murdering her parents. Alacazar, who was the royal Wizard of Avalor at the time, searched for 41 years for a special Princess who could help him free Elena, eventually turning himself into a book in the Enchantian Castle library and placing the amulet in the castle to wait for the right Princess. Sofia agrees to help him and convinces her family to spend their summer vacation in Avalor and to make a trade agreement there too.

Upon arrival, Sofia is horrified to learn they will meet Shuriki as a formality and notices the cheering crowds are unhappy. Winged jaguars known as jaquins disrupt the welcome feast and agree to help Sofia after she explains her mission. They take her to Alacazar's old house to meet his wizard grandson Mateo. He summons Alacazar's spirit guide Zuzo, who tells Sofia to get Shuriki's wand, which she swipes during a dance. Warning her siblings to hide, Sofia meets Mateo and the jaquins at the Maruvian temple. She magically transforms into a mermaid and places her amulet and Shuriki's wand on an underwater statue, releasing Elena from the amulet. Against the group's objections, Elena insists on confronting Shuriki alone with the witch's wand.

At the palace, Elena confronts Shuriki in the throne room, revealing how Shuriki usurped the throne to Sofia's family. Elena tries to blast Shuriki with her wand, but due to a guard’s interference, the spell ricochets and blasts a tapestry that reveals an enchanted painting of Elena's maternal grandparents Francisco and Luisa and her little sister Isabel. Shuriki reveals that Alcazar placed Elena's sister and grandparents inside the painting to save them and it is immune to her magic. She also explains that her Chancellor Esteban is Elena's cousin. Skylar, one of the Jaquins, rescues Elena while Shuriki throws Sofia's family into the dungeon. After regrouping at Alacazar's house, Sofia, Elena, and Mateo sneak back to the castle, recruit castle chief Armando, and free her family. Luna, another one of the Jaquins, creates a diversion and attacks Shuriki, long enough for Mateo to sneak in and free Elena's family from the painting with magic. The group escapes and rallies the citizens of Avalor against Shuriki, overpowering the guards and storming the palace. Esteban steals Shuriki's wand and gives it to Elena, who snaps it, destroying the source of her power. With her magic lost, Shuriki ages rapidly and falls from the palace bridge, but manages to survive.

Elena assumes her place as Crown Princess of Avalor and gifts her amulet to Sofia. Esteban announces her as the crown princess of the land, Sofia reports her success to Alacazar in Enchantia, who gives her a new dress. In the present, Elena and Naomi decide to lock Shuriki's broken wand pieces in the treasury.



  • The Great Unknown
  • Our Mighty Jaquin Cry
  • The Spirit of Avalor
  • My Time
  • Our Time (My Time Reprise)
  • Sofia the First! (instrumental, end credits)


  • This is the first Disney animation to feature a Latina protagonist.
    • It is also the first animation to feature a Latina princess (of royal blood).
  • This is the fourth TV Special movie in the Sofia the First series, following Once Upon a Princess, "The Floating Palace", and "The Curse of Princess Ivy". It is also the second to be a stand-alone movie due to the fact it is a crossover between Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.
  • The special was originally titled "Sofia the First: Journey to Avalor", but was renamed due to the spinoff airing early. The framing device where Elena recounts the special to Naomi was added in last-minute to make up for said time.
  • Sofia's Amulet changes color from purple to ruby pink after Sofia frees Princess Elena. Due to this, this is the last time Sofia's amulet is shown in purple.
  • Sofia's family learns the truth of Sofia's Amulet in this special.
    • This marks the second time Amber learns the truth of the amulet, the first being "The Curse of Princess Ivy".
  • King Roland II mentions the events of "Once Upon a Princess", specifically the time he gave a welcome gift to Sofia an Amulet of Avalor.
  • This special is the prequel/pilot to Elena of Avalor and the first TV Special movie in the series.
  • Sofia gets a newly designed signature dress.
  • "My Time" was released as a single to promote Elena of Avalor, long before the special premiered.
  • Sofia uses her ability to turn into a mermaid for the third time in this special. This is the last time Sofia's original mermaid design is shown.
    • This is also the first time that one of Sofia's abilities remains working without the amulet.
  • Sofia uses her shrinking ability for the fifth time in this episode.
  • The special was originally planned to premiere on July 22, 2016, but for some reason was rescheduled.
  • This is the first special where Cedric and Baileywick do not appear. This is also the first special where none of Sofia's animal friends appear.
  • This is the first special where the Amulet doesn't summon a Princess to help.
    • However, Elena was considered the Princess “summoned” to help.
  • This is the last time Tyler Merna voices James.
  • This the first time Mateo summons a chanul, according to himself.
  • The moral of the special is: "You don't always have to face a problem alone."