'Elena of Avalor': Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi Among Guest Stars for Season 2 (Exclusive)

The animated series returns Saturday on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
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Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Buscemi

Elena of Avalor is welcoming some famous faces to its voice cast for season two.

The show has booked Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Buscemi, Cloris Leachman, Rosie Perez and Mario Lopez and his daughter, Gia, as guest stars for the second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In addition, the season-two premiere has been set for Saturday, Oct. 14. The show will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Disney Channel and at 11:30 a.m. ET on Disney Junior, with a special Dia de los Muertos-themed episode titled "The Jewel of Maru." Elena is visited by the ghosts of her parents on the Day of the Dead and meets another ghost named Amalay who stands watch over the powerful Jewel of Maru.

In the second season, Elena takes on more responsibility as a leader and delves deeper into the magical land of the jaquins. In conjunction with the season premiere, a new shortform series, "Adventures in Vallestrella," set in the magical land of the jaquins, will debut on Disney Junior and the DisneyNOW app.

Goldberg and Leachman, along with Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), are set to play a trio of sunbirds named Lama, Hool and Qapa, respectively. Buscemi will voice a shape-shifting dolphin mob boss named Saloso.

Perez, Lopez, seven-year-old daughter Gia and Diane Guerrero (Orange is the New Black) will play new jaquin characters Dulce, Cruz, Estrella and Vestia, respectively.

Other guest stars tapped for season two include Andrea Navedo (Jane the Virgin) as Elena's mother, Queen Lucia; Genesis Rodriguez (Disney XD's Big Hero 6 The Series) as Maruvian ghost Amalay; Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black) as female rock monster Charica; Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black) as Princess Isabel's new classmate, Tomiko; Chrissie Fit (Disney's Teen Beach Movie) as Valentina, a princess from a neighboring kingdom; and Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as Armando's brother, Santos.

Aimee Carrero stars the voice of Princess Elena; the other regular cast includes Jenna Ortega, Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Carlos Alazraqui, Emiliano Díez, Julia Vera, Christian Lanz, Jillian Rose Reed, Joseph Haro, Jorge Diaz, Keith Ferguson and Joe Nunez.

The recurring guest voice cast includes Jane Fonda, Constance Marie, Lou Diamond Phillips, Justina Machado, Jaime Camil and Anthony Mendez. Latin Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno performs the series' theme song.

The series, a production of Disney Television Animation, was created and is executive produced by Craig Gerber.

Below, watch an exclusive clip from the season-two premiere episode in which Elena sings a song titled "Make Them Proud."

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