Doc McStuffins Popular Among Preschoolers

Doc McStuffins has acquired a large amount of young viewers in its first season on the air.   According to adage.com, “Doc McStuffins”  has even surpassed  “Dora the Explorer ” in the number of viewers in the age group 2 to 5 years-old.   This is a huge accomplishment for the animated television series that airs on the newly formed Disney Junior television stations.  For years “Dora the Explorer” had a steady hold on that young age group, but it seems as though “Doc McStuffins”  has been able to be a strong competitor.     “Dora the Explorer” airs on the Nickelodeon stations throughout the week and has been around for 12 years and is still a favorite among preschoolers.     Although the “Dora the Explorer” has lost the top spot that does mean the programming is going anyway.  Nickelodeon continues to have a strong amount of viewers.      We will have to see the long-term results that will happen over time.     One thing we can say is that Dora and Doc McStuffins are great characters for children to watch on television, and there is definitely enough room for both of them

Saturday Morning for Preschoolers on NBC

NBC teamed up with PBS Sprout to create a block Saturday morning programming geared toward kids.   NBC has officially named the time block NBC Kids.  NBC kids will show several shows that are currently airing on the Sprout show.  The line-up includes: “The Wiggles,” Sprout’s “Noodle & Doodle,” Jim Henson’s “Pajanimals,” “Poppy Cat,” “Justin Time,” as well as the popular “LazyTown,.”  Is this the beginning of NBC’s venture into their own children’s channel?  Maybe.  Several stations like Nickelodeon and Disney started airing the “junior” version of their shows on certain time blocks of their established stations before venturing out and creating a distinct “junior” station:   Nick Jr. television station has been around for several years, and the Disney Junior station started airing this March.    But, for the time being children can watch NBC Kids on Saturday morning starting July 7th.

Disney Junior gets its Own Station this March

March 23rd many homes will be able to watch Disney Junior any time of the day.  At the current moment, Disney Junior is a block of programing for preschoolers that airs on the Disney Channel.  The shows usually air in the mornings and early afternoons.   Disney Junior is geared toward preschoolers like the channels PBS Sprout and Nick Jr.      Viewers should check with their local cable or satellite provider to find out if they are one of the homes that will be receiving Disney Junior.  Since it was announced a couple years ago that Disney would be creating Disney Junior television channel, they have developed several addition preschool show that will    help to fill the programming blocks that will be available.   Shows like Handy Manny, Chuggington, Mickey Mouse Club House and Special Agent Oso have been joined by new shows like Third and Bird, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Disney Gives Parents Ideas for Top Toys for this Holiday Season

Disney Animators’ Collection Princess Toddler Dolls

One of the things parents dread and deeply enjoy at the same time is getting presents for their children during the holiday season. Most parents enjoy watching the smile on their child’s face when they open their present and see something that they enjoy. The problem is that some parents do not know what to get for their children. Many different stores and manufacturers have released lists of toys that they think that children will enjoying having. Disney has also released their own list of toys and games that they believe children will enjoy. Of course their list may not fall in line with what some parents see as their solution for their gift giving dilemma. If the list doesn’t help then a great way get a good gift for your child is to ask him or her.

Disney’s “Most Wanted Holiday Toy” List

1. Disney Animators’ Collection Princess Toddler Dolls (Disney Store)

2. Disney AppMATesTM Mobile Application Toys (Spin Master)

3. Disney•Pixar Cars 2 Bomb Blastin’ Mater (Mattel)

4. Disney•Pixar Cars 2 Remote Control Vehicles (Disney Store)

5. Disney Princess 5-in-1 Wardrobe Set (Disney Store)

6. Disney Spotlight (First Act)

7. My First Disney Princess Singing & Storytelling Belle (JAKKS Pacific)

8. Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl Playset (LEGO)

9. Rock Star Mickey Interactive Plush & Role Play Guitar (Fisher Price)

10. Trivial Pursuit: Disney For All Edition (Hasbro)

 

Meet Ni Hao Kai-Lan Live in Pensacola

On October 25 you get to meet Kai-Lan in Pensacola at the Pensacola Interstate Fair. Well, she will be as live as an animated character can be. The first 200 fans will get a picture taken with Kai-Lan. Kai-Lan is a character on the Nickelodeon Preschool show Ni-Hao Kai-Lan. She teaches children social skill and some Mandarin Chinese at the same time. The Pensacola Interstate Fair is held in Pensacola, Florida from October 20th to October 30th.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Hand Soap

Method and Disney are releasing new Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse hand soap.  The bottles of soap are designed like the head of Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse

The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse soaps are a naturally derived, biodegradable eco-hand wash formula that leaves hands feeling soft and clean. The bottles’ whimsical designs and sweet fragrances — Lemonade and Strawberry Fizz — provide the ideal sink-side companion to any bathroom or kitchen. The new hand washes underscore the importance of washing hands and using sustainable cleaners by creating playful products that children and parents will want to use again and again.

“Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have had an everlasting presence, remaining cool with kids and adults alike through the years,” said Johanna Mooney, director of health and beauty, Disney Consumer Products. “The fresh new design of the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse soaps by Method is sure to provide an irresistible pop on the counter that will make a daily habit like hand washing fun for the whole family.”

The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse hand washes will be available in the United States and Canada in early April at national retailers including Target, Shoppers Drug Mart, Babies”R”Us, Soap.com, Amazon.com and methodhome.com.

Method Minnie & Mickey Mouse Foaming Hand Soap

Disney Family Magazine has a New iPad

There is an app for about everything.  There is a new Disney Family Magazine iPad app for the monthly magazine.  Disney says that the March and April editions will be available for free. After that point the monthly magazine issues can be purchased.

Developed in conjunction with leading App developers Texterity and The Wonderfactory, FamilyFun for iPad delivers cutting-edge features and design in a feature-packed and engaging format. The App brings content to life through interactive slideshows, videos of recipes and family activities, 360-degree views of craft projects, bookmarking features, and social media sharing tools.

Get 50% off Disney on Ice Tickets with Kraft Singles Wrapper

You can use a Kraft singles wrapper to get 50% off tickets for Disney on Ice.

Any KRAFT Singles wrapper or carton, regardless of the presence or absence of the Disney On Ice branding, may be redeemed for any of the five Disney On Ice Shows playing January 1, 2011, through May 31, 2012, Monday-Friday, but the offer must be redeemed during the promotional offer period, January 1, 2011, to May 31, 2011. For shows that are already on sale at the venue box office, consumers can take their KRAFT Singles packaging directly to the venue box office and purchase tickets. Or consumers can visit the unique URL listed in the on-pack, fill out the online form provided and mail in the completed form, method of payment and the KRAFT Singles packaging to the venue box office (for shows already scheduled) or consumers can mail the completed form and KRAFT Singles packaging to Disney On Ice’s customer service.

There are several different Disney on Ice shows touring throughout the country.

  • Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3 : The toys are back in town! On the heels of the popular movie release, watch as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Rex and the rest of the gang set out on an exciting mission to return to Andy’s house.
  • Mickey & Minnie‘s Magical Journey : Make imagination your destination! Join tour guides Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an adventure exploring several popular Disney   destinations.
  • Princess Classics : Get to know the most celebrated princesses from Disney’s classic fairytales.
  • Princess Wishes : Enter a world of wishes with Disney’s most celebrated royalty where believing is just the beginning.
  • Let’s Celebrate! : It’s one colossal party on ice with all your beloved Disney friends in an incredible medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Includes Many Children Favorites

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has always been a fun event adults and kids.  There are many different characters from popular children television shows.   The parade will air Thanksgiving Day on NBC from 9 am till noon

Dora the Explorer Float

Dora the Explorer will be there with a special Holiday parade float.

Latina heroine Dora the Explorer is returning to the Parade on a brand new float.  The colorful float features Dora, one of the most iconic preschool characters in the world, and a 12-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with dazzling ornaments and some very special gifts.  Dora and her friends will showcase their most recent adventure, where they teach their friend Swiper the true spirit of the holidays. As with every Dora adventure, there are lessons to be learned and the new float features elements of Swiper’s future if he doesn’t learn the true spirit of the season.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Balloon

See the new Diary of A Wimpy Kid balloon take flight this Thanksgiving. At 60-feet long, 25-feet wide, and 56-feet tall, “wimpy” is not the right word to describe this balloon behemoth. From the look on his face, we have a feeling Greg will be writing about this holiday experience just as soon as he makes it to the Parade finish line.

Kung Fu Panda Balloon

At more than 16,000 cubic feet of helium, Po from Kung Fu Panda™ is truly a larger-than-life master of the ancient Chinese art of Kung Fu. Designed by the magicians at Macy’s Parade Studio, Po is created with the help of more than half a mile of fabric and is covered in 17 gallons of paint. For his Parade debut, Po the Panda measures 42-feet tall, 46-feet long, and 34-feet wide, giving him the scale to take giant leaps down the route, poised to deliver his signature martial arts moves along the way.

iCarly

Star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly and teen sensation Miranda Cosgrove will be riding aboard the Statue of Liberty float accompanied by the endearingly mischievous Minions, in support of Despicable Me’s Blu-ray/DVD release on Dec. 14.

Big Time Rush

Nickelodeon/Columbia Records group Big Time Rush — Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Logan Henderson — will perform their current hit “Til I Forget About You” on the Bridge to the Future float.

Victorious

Nickelodeon’s newest rising teen star, Victoria Justice, will perform “Freak the Freak Out,” an original song from her hit comedy Victorious, on the Build-A-Bear Workshop®’s float.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Pop-culture icon and eternal optimist SpongeBob SquarePants will make his sixth appearance when he takes a special holiday trip to soak up the sights and sounds of the New York City. Based on the number-one animated kids’ show on TV, the SpongeBob balloon will absorb more than 16,200 cubic feet of helium to fly down the route.  Although it may appear square, the SpongeBob balloon isn’t square at all; it is actually a single chamber sphere, made intricately square-shaped by more than 600 internal tie-lines. Looking dapper as always, SpongeBob stands at 62-feet high, 38-feet wide and 28-feet long.

Samuri Power Rangers

The most successful kids’ action series returns with a bang when the Samurai Power Rangers descend upon the streets of New York. Utilizing their Samurai powers, which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth, the Rangers will embark on their first journey together as they escort the Planet Earth balloon through the streets of Manhattan.

Some of the other characters in floats will include:

Some of the Floats will be

  • Snoopy’s Dog House
  • Smurf Mushroom House

So there are a lot of performances, floats, and  balloons for children to look forward to seeing during this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.