First Primetime Special for Disney Jr.’s SOFIA THE FIRST to Include Ariel, the Little Mermaid

Disney Junior announced their popular Princess Sofia will set sail on a high seas adventure in her first-ever primetime special “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace,” premiering on Disney Channel, Sunday, November 24.  Even though Sofia the First is aimed towards younger kids, my teenage daughter fully admits to enjoying the show too.  However, as she mentioned in her DVD Review of “Sofia the First: Ready to be  Princess,” her biggest annoyance was the voices of “Famous Princesses” like Jasmine or Cinderella did not match the classic Disney films.  Never fear, in “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace,” Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” makes a special appearance, and she’s voiced by none other than Disney Legend Jodi Benson, original voice for “The Little Mermaid.”  Continue reading for more details on Sofia the First’s debut primetime special.

SOFIA THE FIRST - "The Floating Palace"

SOFIA THE FIRST – “The Floating Palace” © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

From Disney Junior’s Press Release

Sofia and her family take to the high seas for a royal vacation in the first-ever “Sofia the First” primetime special, “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace,” premiering SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel.  The undersea adventure, in which Sofia is magically transformed into a mermaid, features a special appearance by Princess Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” voiced by Disney Legend Jodi Benson who reprises her iconic role from the animated film.  The special also introduces a new character named Oona, a young mermaid voiced by Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”).

JODI BENSON HELPS OPEN NEW FANTASYLAND AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

Actress and singer Jodi Benson, who provided the voice of Ariel in Disney’s animated classic “The Little Mermaid,” poses Dec. 6, 2012 at the “Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid” attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park. Photo by Kent Phillips © Disney. All rights reserved.

 

“Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” takes Sofia and her family on an extraordinary journey to Merriway Cove, where Sofia meets a young mermaid named Oona.  After helping Oona untangle her fin from a net, Sofia’s magical amulet transforms her into a mermaid too, allowing her to explore the underwater world with her new friend.  During their adventure, Sofia learns that mermaids mistrust humans and are angry that her family’s floating palace is in their cove.  When Oona is captured by a horrible sea monster, Sofia – with a little help from Princess Ariel – must find a way to save her and create harmony between their two worlds.

SOFIA THE FIRST - "The Floating Palace"

SOFIA THE FIRST – “The Floating Palace” © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Created for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, and starring the voices of Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”), Sara Ramirez (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”), Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make a Deal”), and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), “Sofia the First” follows the adventures of Princess Sofia, a young girl who is learning how to adjust to royal life after her mom marries the king.  Along the way, she discovers that the inner character of kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace is what makes a real princess.

SOFIA THE FIRST - "The Floating Palace"

SOFIA THE FIRST – “The Floating Palace” © 2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

A full-length preview of “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” will debut on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets beginning Monday, November 11.  On Friday, November 15, DisneyJunior.com/Sofia will launch “Sofia the First: Mermaid Princess,” a game in which players help Sofia rescue Oona from the clutches of the sea monster.  The site will also feature “Sofia’s Royal Catch & Match,” an online activity based on the classic card game “Go Fish.”  The primetime special will be simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel the same day as the linear premiere on Sunday, November 24 and will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox beginning Monday, November 25.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.