omg I love Elena too! I could be wrong about this, but it seems like she was created in response to the backlash Disney got when they first created “Sophia The First.”
I remember headlines saying Sophia would be the first latina princess, which apparently came after one producer said she was in 2012. Then, once Sophia’s character art came out and she looked white, the public was upset. (Maybe that producer just really wanted to believe she was latina, and their narrative bias leaked when they spoke to the press?). The end of the story is that Disney backtracked and said (I’m paraphrasing here), “she’s not latina, she’s from a made up kingdom, it’s all fantasy, don’t read into it!”
I’m so glad that Disney learned from Sophia that audiences want a truly latina princess. Elena is a great role model for children.