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"A Day to Remember" is the ninth episode of the Disney Channel animated series Elena of Avalor. It premiered on October 16, 2016.


The Kingdom of Avalor is celebrating Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos is the day families honor their loved ones who have passed away. Elena is excited and all set to go, but Isabel is not even wearing her costume. Isabel says her costume is ripped and urges the others to go to the graveyard without her. At the graveyard, the Royal Family of Avalor is setting up their altar when they discover that Francisco has eaten the Pan Dulce, their sweet bread, by mistake. Since Pan Dulce was Queen Lucia's favorite snack, Elena goes to get more. On the way, Elena discovers that she can see ghosts and heads back to the coach, passing the ghost of an elderly woman on the way. Once inside the coach, Elena summons Zuzo and asks him about her newfound ability. Zuzo reminds her of the forty-one years she was imprisoned within the Amulet of Avalor and deduces that because of that she can now see ghosts on Dia de los Muertos since it is the day the living and spirit worlds become one. After he leaves, the elderly woman ghost Elena passed earlier suddenly appears. The ghost tells Elena that her name is Doña Angelica and she needs her help: her two grandchildren are going to sell her family restaurant to a vile and greedy man who wants to open a bank and she wants Elena to stop them from doing so. Despite the odds being against her, Elena agrees to try.

Elena and Angelica arrive at Cafe Angelica and meet Carmen and Juilo. Carmen is excited to be serving Elena and goes to whip up a dish, to the chagrin of Julio, who tries to warn Elena away. Carmen brings out a dish she calls The Cray-Tala, a dish Angelica says looks disgusting and which Elena promptly declines. Julio states that this is the reason they are selling the restaurant: nobody wants to eat Carmen's food. At Angelica's urging, Elena suggests looking for their grandmother's recipes and she says she'll give it to Carmen and they won't have to sell the restaurant this has Carmen asking her brother who is she talking to. This eventually forces Elena to reveal she can see ghosts and reveal Angelica's presence. Angelica eventually helps them find her cookbook. Carmen intends to keep the restaurant open with her grandmother's recipes, but Julio still intends to sell the restaurant and only wants to sell the cookbook too. This causes a fight between Carmen and Julio that gets the cookbook accidentally destroyed.

Elena, with Angelica's help, tells Carmen Angelica's recipes so she can cook them. After cooking Angelica's Paella, Carmen feeds the dish to Julio and the two reconcile. When Estrada, the man who wants to buy the restaurant, arrives, they tell him it is no longer for sale and serve him food instead. They also give Elena some Pan Dulce. Elena heads back to the graveyard and to her family's altar only to find that Isabel never showed up. Elena heads back to the castle and discovers that Isabel is still in her room. After some reminiscence, Isabel admits that the reason she has not come to the celebration is because she misses her parents but Elena convinces her to finally go. They arrive back at their family's altar where Elena sees her parents' ghosts.



Home Video Release


  • Dia de los Muertos is based on the real-life three day celebration in Mexico of the same name.
  • Zuzo can be summoned by calling out his name.
    • This is the first time Zuzo does a wardrobe change.
  • This episode is very similar to the TV series Ghost Whisperer.
  • Moral: Never give up.

International Premieres


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Season One: "First Day of Rule" • "Model Sister" • "All Heated Up" • "Island of Youth" • "Spellbound" • "Prince Too Charming" • "Finders Leapers" • "Royal Retreat" • "A Day to Remember" • "The Scepter of Light" • "Navidad" • "Olaball" • "Flight of the Jaquins" • "Crystal in the Rough" • "The Princess Knight" • "Captain Turner Returns" • "King of the Carnaval" • "My Fair Naomi" • "Spirit Monkey Business" • "Wizard-in-Training" • "Realm of the Jaquins" • "The Gecko's Tale" • "Party of a Lifetime" • "Blockheads" • "Masks of Magic"

Season Two: "The Jewel of Maru" • "Royal Rivalry" • "The Curse of El Guapo" • "Three Jaquins and a Princess" • "A Spy in the Palace" • "Science Unfair" • "Rise of the Sorceress" • "Shapeshifters" • "The Scepter of Night" • "The Race for the Realm" • "A Tale of Two Scepters" • "Class Act" • "All Kingdoms Fair" • "A Lava Story" • "Song of the Sirenas" • "The Tides of Change" • "The Return of El Capitán" • "Finding Zuzo" • "Snow Place Like Home" • "Two Left Fins" • "Movin' On Up" • "Not Without My Magic" • "Luna's Big Leap" • "Naomi Knows Best"
Season Three: "Sister of Invention" • "To Save a Sunbird" • "Father-in-Chief" • "The Incredible Shrinking Royals" • "Norberg Peace Prize" • "The Magic Within" • "Flower of Light" • "Captain Mateo" • "Sugar Rush" • "The Family Treasure" • "Dreamcatcher" • "Changing of the Guard" • "King Skylar" • "Spirit of a Wizard" • "Team Isa" • "The Last Laugh" • "Festival of Lights" • "The Birthday Cruise" • "Giant Steps" • "Shooting Stars" • "Crash Course" • "Sweetheart's Day" • "The Lightning Warrior" • "Dia de las Madres" • "Heart of the Jaguar" • "Elena's Day Off" • "To Queen or Not to Queen" • "Coronation Day"

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