Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora, 3-DVD Set Now Available in Stores (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Available on DVD on September 9, 2014

If the new Dora and Friends: Into the City series wasn't enough excitement for Dora the Explorer fans, the folks at Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment have been busy releasing DVDs featuring this ever popular Nick Jr. character for all to enjoy. Just yesterday I shared a review on the new Let's Learn 3-DVD Set featuring Dora and other Nick Jr. characters.  And, now, I get to share more on another wonderful Dora the Explorer DVD -- "Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora."

"Dora and her friends celebrate all of your favorite holidays in this festive 3-Disc DVD Box Set.  Kids can join the whole Dora the Explorer crew on Halloween, Christmas and birthday adventures in Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora.  Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora’s repackage released on DVD yesterday, September 9, 2014.

Dora the Explorer: Celebrate with Dora Episode Synopses:

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Christmas!
A Present for Santa
It’s Christmas Eve! In the spirit of giving, Dora and Boots trek to the North Pole to deliver a present to Santa.

Rapido Tico
Boots waits for a new toy fire truck to arrive in the mail but when the package arrives, it’s empty!  Dora and Boots must travel to the Snowy Mountain to recover the gift before Swiper the sneaky fox finds it.

Quack Quack!
Dora and Boots are coloring a picture of Mami Duck and her eggs when the coloring book suddenly comes to life.  The eggs start to hatch and the wind blows one of them away.  Dora and Boots must jump into the coloring book to bring the newly hatched Baby Duck back home to Mami.

School Pet
Dora and Boots save the school pet, a hamster named Mimo, who goes missing from his cage.

Bonus Features include:
“Santa’s Super Scavenger Hunt”
“Nick Jr. Baby Video Sneak Peak”

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween
It’s Halloween! Dora and Boots are trick-or-treating when a cute Little Monster surprises them.  They help Little Monster hurry home before the big clock strikes 12.

The Missing Piece
Dora and Boots meet a wizard, El Encantador, who is missing his magic wand.  They set off to find El Encantador’s wand so that he can perform his magic.

To the Monkey Bars
Dora has never been able to climb all the way across the monkey bars.  Dora and Boots set off for Play Park so that Dora can give it another try.

The Big Storm
A big storm cloud is coming. Dora and Boots have to warn all their friends in the forest to get home before it starts raining.

Bonus Features include:
Dora’s Halloween Hunt Game”
“Nick Jr. Baby Video Sneak Peak”

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure
Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure (Double Length Episode)
Happy Birthday, Dora! In the final episode of the Magic Storybook Trilogy, Dora and Boots need to get home for Dora’s birthday party with all her family and friends. Before Dora and Boots can jump out of the Magic Storybook, a twisty wind picks them up and blows them into Wizzle World.

Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle
Dora is reading a storybook about a Birthday Wizzle who could make birthday wishes come true with his magic wand.  Today is his birthday so it is his turn to make a wish, but a wind comes in and blows the wand out of the book.  Dora must jump into the book and bring the wishing wand back to the Wizzle to give him his birthday wish.

Wizzle Wishes
Dora and Boots meet a cute little Wizzle who lost his bag of wishes and can’t get home. They set off in search of the lost wishes, but their friends keep finding the wishes first.  Dora and Boots must overcome a giant sunflower in Isa’s garden, a storm of raining nuts in the Nutty Forest and slippery slopes at the Wishing Well in order to return the wishes to their rightful owner."

Bonus Features include:
“DVD Game”

My Thoughts:

I love holiday themed DVDs are they are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. And, now that I have children of my own, I make a point to pull holiday DVDs in advance of the holiday and stagger viewing with the girls, as we prep the house with decorations, and talk about the holidays.  With this new DVD, featuring Dora, the girls loved watching Dora and her friends celebrate Christmas, Halloween and her Birthday.

With Halloween fast approaching, followed by Bella's 3rd birthday (as well as mine) and then Christmas, this is the perfect DVD to pick up and share with your child. Even though the episodes including on this release have already aired on television, and your child has probably seen them countless times, doesn't mean that special Dora the Explorer fan in your life will not wan to add this festive DVD to their growing Dora and/or Nick Jr Shows DVD collection.

We have only had this DVD for a few days now, and already the girls have seen all the episodes in the car as we traveled to and from Savannah's preschool. Because Savannah just celebrated her birthday in July, she as excited to see how Dora celebrated her special day.  I loved listening to the girls from the front seat as they answered Dora when she posed questions, or called out for the map and backpack.  And, at the end of each episode, they couldn't help but wiggle and move around to the catchy "We did it" song that ends each episode. 

Dora the Explorer is a show that has been around for years, and continues to draw in children of all ages.  And, now with the new Dora and Friends: Into the City series, this new show is able to reach and pull in the older demographic, including my 8 and 10 yr. old nieces, who, along with my girls, can't get enough of this show.

Do you have a Dora fan in your life?  If so, why not consider picking up this DVD and surprising the with it as a non-candy Halloween gift, as part of their birthday gift, as a stocking stuffer, or just because.  No matter the holiday or time of year, fans of Dora the Explorer with love this new release, which features Dora and Boots in 11 festive, fun-filled episodes, that will have fans of the show dancing and singing along, as well as responding back to Dora when prompted.

Both of my girls give this new release 2 thumbs up! :-)


Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests.  She explores her world just as preschoolers do everyday, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.

In every episode, Dora and Boots invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem.  Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals.  In each episode, Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead.  Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a “We Did It!” anthem.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years.

About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for certain DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. I only have one child left really interested in Dora still and she loves watching her and Boots. Hate seeing them grow up and out of some of these

  2. We love Dora and a set of three dvds would be great these shows are so cute and great for kids.
    heather [email protected]

  3. My 2 year old daughter loves Dora! Looks like this will be on my list to pick up for Christmas :)