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  • Acting for Two:
    • Grey DeLisle-Griffin voices Dr. Mendoza, Ash Delgado, Olivia's mother, and a squirrel from the spirit world.
    • Jess Harnell voices both King Hector and Chief Verago.
    • Rene Mujica voices both Cristina's father Fernando and Felicia's husband Ricardo.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • It's no surprise that Jenna Ortega's character Isabel is a young, aspiring Hispanic inventor just like her other character.
    • "Realm Of The Jaquins" has an antagonist named Marimonda, who's voiced by Noelle Wells. She's green, attractive, and plans to rule the land. Why does that sound familiar?
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    • In the Japanese dub, Shuriki is voiced by Romi Park, who already had some experience voicing a cruel villain who killed the main heroine's family.
    • Grey Griffin voices Olivia's mother while Emil Bastien Bouffard voices her son. It's not the first time she's voiced an older relative of his.
    • Taye Diggs voices Sanza, yet another instance of him voicing a shady, cat like figure. They do differ in that Capper reforms and decides to help the heroes while Sanza doesn't.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Numerous cast members are of Hispanic or Latino descent. It might be quicker to list who isn't either of those nationalities. Here are some examples:
    • Jillian Rose Reed (Naomi) is American, but was raised by Puerto Rican parents, just as Naomi is a foreigner that views Avalor as her second home.
    • Lou Diamond Phillips (Victor) is Filipino (Filipina mother, American father), though he has passed as a Mexican-American in some of his roles, such as in La Bamba. Probably helps that the Philippines has prominent Spanish influence, on par of that of Latin American countries.
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    • Jane Fonda supported the Chilean "No" movement against Pinochet's dictatorship, as seen in No, making her character role in Elena of Avalor ironic.
    • Kimiko Glenn is half Japanese from her mother, while her character, Kimiko, is presumably from Ever Realm's equivalent of Japan.
    • Jamie-Lynn Sigler is Jewish (and her mother is Cuban and converted to Judaism from Catholicism).
  • Adored by the Network: Disney Junior really loves the show, no doubt due to its connections to Sofia the First. On the main Disney Channel, it's shown weekdays at 12:30 pm inside the Disney Junior block and at 9am on weekends, closing out said block. On the Disney Junior channel, it's shown about 2-4 times a day, and the movies get plenty of airtime.
    • A few weeks after its premiere, it was announced that it had been greenlit for Season 2, with Season 3 being announced of its greenlit long before Season 2 even premiered. Star Wars Rebels had undergone similar circumstances and had been stated to be greenlit as an entire show, possibly suggesting similar conditions for Elena of Avalor.
  • Approval of God: After a trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet showcased a scene in which Vanellope meets the Disney Princess line-up, quite a few Elena of Avalor fans asked where she was and created fanart including Elena in the scene. Craig Gerber approved of the support.
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  • Ascended Fanboy: Craig Gerber listened to Latin music by Gaby Moreno while trying to get a grasp on the show's feel and suggested bringing her in for the theme song.
  • Big Name Fan: Justin and Travis McElroy (and Travis's daughter) are fans of both Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.
  • The Cast Showoff: Jenna Ortega has a rather impressive vocal range when she gets her own number in Three Jaquins and A Princess. It's worth noting that this is the second time she ever sang onscreen since Netflix's Richie Rich, which not many remember.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
  • Channel Hop: The show was originally meant for Disney Junior only, though it had premieres on Disney Channel first with Disney Junior encores either on the day of the premiere or the next day. However, it was officially recognized as part of Disney Junior when January 2017 came around, and it's airtime was only on the Disney Junior block and channel.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: This article from 2018 still calls this a Disney Channel show even though it's been recognized as a Disney Junior show for over a year already.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: At 50:55 in this podcast , Tom Rogers mentions that the favorite episodes that he's written are "Spirit Monkey Business" , "Royal Rivalry" , "Finding Zuzo" , and "Snow Place Like Home".
  • The Danza:
    • Elena is voiced by Elena Perino in Italy, in Romania by Elena Gheorghe, and in Greece by Elena Delakoura.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, Dr. Mendoza is voiced by Carla Castañeda Mendoza.
  • Dawson Casting: It's played straight with Elena and other teenage characters, but averted with Isabel and the other children. The former are voiced by adults who are at least in their 20s. The latter are voiced by actors of roughly the same age.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Estefans for fans of Esteban, which has been acknowledged by his voice actor, Christian Lanz.
  • Flip-Flop of God:
  • I Knew It!: Craig Gerber mentioned that the climax of "Song Of The Sirenas" which involved Shuriki's death, was shot in a way so that it only looks like she was trapped in jewel of the Scepter Of Night. Given the ambiguity of how it was shot, the Season 2 finale seals the deal by having the jewel get destroyed, which means Shuriki is dead either way.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Constance Marie (Doña Paloma) and Emiliano Diaz (Elena's Abuelo) both worked together on The George Lopez Show. They are later joined by Olga Merediz (Felicia).
  • Lying Creator: Cristobal being a distant cousin to Elena, until the release of "Song of the Sirenas" revealed that he's her paternal cousin. The misinformation was to hide spoilers.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Gaby Moreno sings the theme song in both the English dub and the Latin American Spanish dub.
  • The Name's The Same:
  • Out of Order: Averted for the most part. Unlike Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor has a linear storyline (though Sofia developed one later on) and while the order of some episodes don't matter due to how close in time they occur, you can tell when they happen due to holiday episodes and other indications of time in the story.
    • "Elena and the Secret of Avalor" is clearly the show's pilot episode, but for traditional reasons note , it was aired as the show's 11th episode and a Framing Device had to be added to it to reflect the change.
    • "Realm of the Jaquins" is supposed to be the Season 1 finale, fitting with why the characters note that it has been a year since "First Day of Rule" and Shuriki returning at the end of the episode.
    • "Two Left Fins" was supposed to air in between "The Tides of Change" and "The Return of El Capitan", but was likely aired after "Snow Place Like Home" due to "The Return of El Capitan" and "Snow Place Like Home" being holiday episodes and how late these batch of episodes were aired, leaving out "Two Left Fins".
    • The Discovering the Magic Within shorts were released on DisneyNow a week before Season 3 premiered, spoiling some of the events in "The Magic Within". This seems to have been a mistake on Disney's part, as the shorts were removed from the app a couple of days later.
  • Playing Against Type: Quito Moz, a wise mentor figure to Elena, is quite a far cry from the comedic characters Cheech Marin usually plays.
  • Playing Gertrude: King Verago is Skylar's father even though the former is voiced by André Sogliuzzo (who was born in 1966) while the latter is voiced by Carlos Alazraqui (who was born in 1962).
  • Production Posse:
    • From Sofia the First, we have writers Laurie Israel & Rachel Ruderman, voice director Sam Riegel, composer John Kavanaugh, songwriter Danny Jacob, and recurring voice actors Carlos Alazraqui, Mick Wingert, Grey DeLisle Griffin, Jeff Bennett, Keith Ferguson, Jenna Lea Rosen, Fred Tatasciore, Julie Nathanson, Dee Bradley Baker, Khary Payton, Kari Wahlgren, Trevor Devall, James Sie, and series regular Jess Harnell, among others.
    • From The Book of Life, we have Carlos Alazraqui, Grey DeLisle Griffin, Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, and Emil Bastien Bouffard. Co-writer/director Jorge R. Gutierrez is also cast for a character in an upcoming episode.
    • From Jane the Virgin, we have Andrea Navedo, Jaime Camil, Anthony Mendez, Jenna Ortega, and Gina Rodriguez, Jorge Diaz, Justina Machado, Rosario Dawson, Ivonne Coll.
    • Story editor Silvia Olivas also worked on East Los High with Jorge Diaz and Prince Royce.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Zoom and Mingo, two of Migs and Dulce's children are voiced by Desmond Gerber and Maximilian Riegel, the respective sons of creator Craig Gerber and voice director Sam Riegel.
    • Mario Lopez voices Cruz while his daughter Gia Lopez voices Estrella, one of Migs' kids. The latter also voices a young Marisa.
  • Recast as a Regular: Grey De Lisle Griffin voiced Dr. Mendoza and various minor characters in season 1 before being cast as Ash in late season 2.
  • Referenced by...: Of all things, the anime adaptation of The Rising of the Shield Hero. Filo's queen tiara is heavily based off of (or perhaps outright plagarizes from) the design of Elena's tiara.
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  • Schedule Slip: The show has had a few hiatuses. The first was from December 9, 2016 to February 25, 2017. The second was from November 25, 2017 to February 24, 2018. As of this writing (March 17, 2018), the next new episode is on July 14.
  • Screwed by the Network: The show's time slots kept decreasing as it became more serialized, to the point of only airing new episodes.
  • Short Run in Peru:
    • "Science Unfair" aired in the UK on February 10, 2018, which was two weeks before its US airdate.
    • "Luna's Big Leap" is an interesting take on this. It first aired in Spain on April 15, 2019 while its US airdate is April 27, 2019. However, when the day came , it was on demand and on Watch Disney Now, not television. Its television debut is April 29.
  • Shrug of God: In response to fanart about someone pining after Esteban, Craig Gerber commented that he's "single... I guess."
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise:
    • This tweet revealed that Migs will have kids before they formally appeared.
    • Toy Fair 2018 revealed that Season 2 will have a Masquerade Ball episode ("Song of the Sirenas") and another Navidad episode ("Snow Place Like Home").
    • A book adaptation of "Song of the Sirenas" came out before the episode aired.
    • The songs in "Snow Place Like Home" were released on a Disney Junior holiday music CD a year before the episode itself was released.
  • Story Bible: Averted. Unlike Sofia the First, there is no official story bible since the budget can't afford hiring someone to write one. The series overview that Craig Gerber wrote is considered the de facto story bible, although as of August 2019, no one has updated it in a long time.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Rob Paulson plays both heads of the Macoco, a two-headed beast, in "The Return of El Capitan".
    • Josh Keaton plays Miguel and Andres, two royal guards on patrol with Gabe in "Snow Place Like Home".
  • Throw It In!: At 44:30 , Craig Gerber mentions how the actors occasionally ad lib their dialogue. In particular, Jess Harnell improvised a good deal of his lines as King Hector.
  • Time-Shifted Actor:
    • Esteban is voiced by Christian Lanz, but in the episode "Island Of Youth", his teenage self is voiced by Anthony Alvia, while Desmond Gerber voices him as a baby.
    • Princess Marisa is voiced by Gina Rodriguez while her child self in a flashback is voiced by Gia Lopez.
    • Cloris Leachman voices Hool while her younger self is voiced by Kate Micucci.
  • Troubled Production: The show generally averts this, but there was the matter of recording Gina Rodriguez. As explained at 18:05 in this video, her schedule was so busy that she only had one day to record dialogue , a Saturday.... the day of a family vacation.
  • Voices in One Room: It's subverted here. According to Craig Gerber, the cast members usually record their parts separately. However, for many key scenes, the key actors for those scenes are often brought in to record together if schedules work out.
    • Julia Vera (Abuela) recalls in one interview how she often recorded separately from Emiliano Diez (Abuelo).
  • What Could Have Been: There's enough to give this a separate page.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Word of God:
    Question: pre amulet, Who is the older cousin? Esteban or Elena?
    Craig: Esteban.

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