Positive role model for girls
Elena, along with Moana, are the only Disney shows that I actually feel good about our 4 year old daughter watching. I love the emphasis on kindness, friendship, family, and mutual respect. Elena leads through example, frequently leads on adventures, and demonstrates courage and kindness. Her younger sister is also into science and the show makes clear early on that it isn't to pretend not to be smart. Best of all for young girls, at least in the first season, there is no romance or love interest, just Elena trying to learn and grow into a better person and leader.