Disney Junior is gearing up for another “Yo Ho, Let’s Go Summer!” with some fun activities planned. In addition to new episodes of favorite Disney Junior series premiering all summer long, DisneyJunior.com will be launching a summer supersite featuring new games and photo activities for kids and their parents. There’s even a chance for some of the photos you submit to be featured on-air!
Disney Junior has recently released two new apps- “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode,” the first in a series of interactive Disney Junior Appisodes to be released this year, and “Jake’s Never Land Pirate School,” a new gaming app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Both apps are free and can be found in the iTunes app store.
I downloaded both of these apps to my iPad last night at about 8pm and then let my kids stay up an extra hour past bedtime because they wanted to check them out and I couldn't' get them to put the iPad down! I haven’t actually seen the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse appisode myself however I did watch my 3 1/2 year old daughter play Jake’s Never Land Pirate School this morning while sitting on the side of my computer chair and while she did need a little bit of explanation for a few of the games she loved it. She LOVES both Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Never Land Pirates so this was a huge treat for her!
The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode brings viewing, learning and interaction together into one cohesive, fun-filled iPad experience. Fans 2-7 years old can touch, tap shake, swipe, drag and talk through an entire episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The activities presented in the "appisode" include valuable counting, critical thinking and problem solving skills. This is the first in a series of Disney Junior Appisodes to be released this year.
Using the "Jake's Never Land Pirate School" app, preschoolers can become completely immersed in Never Land, completing pirate-themed challenges presented in Sailing, Music, Flying, and Map and Spyglass classes. Features include: hunting for doubloons on Doubloon Beach; a customizable pirate certificate signed by Jake; and the ability to import a child's photo into Pixie Dust flying class.
Disney Junior's "Yo Ho, Let's Go Summer!" programming event kicks off on Monday, June 4 with a week of new "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" episodes airing on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (8:30 a.m., ET/PT) and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel (5:30 p.m., ET/PT). Also beginning June 4, kids and their parents can log on to DisneyJunior.com/Summer to print out pictures of their favorite Disney Junior characters to take along with them and include in photos of their summer adventures. Parents can then upload the photos of their child with their character for the chance to be seen on Disney Junior. The site will also feature a printable summer scrapbook, with new pages added each week through August 24.
Beginning Friday, June 15, new episodes of favorite Disney Junior series will air every Friday throughout the summer on both the Disney Junior programming block and the Disney Junior channel. During each episode premiere, kids will see a featured Disney Junior character of the day and can go online to DisneyJunior.com/Summer to unlock a new game based on that character.
Among the premieres are an episode of "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" where Marina (voiced by recurring guest star Ariel Winter of "Modern Family") and the rest of the mermaids make Izzy an honorary mermaid, Friday, June 29; a special 45-minute episode of "Jungle Junction," where Zooter and Ellyvan care for a stranded baby FlaGoGo bird, Friday, July 6; Donald Duck serves as a reluctant babysitter for a mystery egg on "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," Friday, July 13; Jim Belushi guest stars as the recurring character Glo-Bo, a six-handed toy monster in "Doc McStuffins," Friday, July 20; Jane Kaczmarek guest stars in the recurring role of Red Jessica, a swashbuckling pirate gal who wins over Captain Hook in "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," Friday, August 10; and a heartwarming episode of "Doc McStuffins" where Doc's toy friends come to her rescue when she becomes the patient, Friday, August 17.