Disney Junior & Jake and the Never Land Pirates #JakePirates

Solve this math problem, if you will: How many times can TWO toddlers watch TWO half-hour holiday episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates in ONE day? The answer: A lot.

Last Friday, Kaden, Mariah, Iyana, and I found ourselves settled in front of the television to check out an advanced copy of Disney Junior's, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. I'm sure some pirates would be offended by the use of the word "adorable", but that's the first thing that popped in my head when the show started to play.

I normally don't watch the shows that are on television. For the most part, I just listen to them. It's my opportunity to get stuff done while Kaden (or the girls, if I have them) is occupied. Don't even act like you've never employed the babysitting services of the ole television. We all have!

I actually watched the show with the kids. And I'll admit, it was pretty good. Here's a bit of information on Jake and the Never Land Pirates:
A music-filled interactive treasure hunt, Jake and the Never Land Pirates introduces a crew of kid pirates - leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby - and follows their Never Land adventures as the work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney's classic "Peter Pan".

Along the way, they model teamwork, problem-solving and physical activity, earning gold doubloons as they conquer a variety of tasks. The series features original "pirate rock" music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.
The DVD we were sent to watch was a December holiday episode, "It's Winter Never Land/Hook on Ice, scheduled for Friday, December 2 at 8:30 - 9 a.m. EST. Here's a sneak peek of the episode:

Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew some presents 
and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day, and Captain Hook invites Jake 
and the crew on a winter treasure hunt.

We watched the DVD several times. Mariah already watches the show, so she was eager to sing along to the show's theme song. I liked that there was a character of color that we could relate to. I also like that there was a male and female character.

There were moments when the show allowed for interaction, like counting the coins in the treasure chest. The girls got out of their seat on several occasions to participate. Iyana even danced to the music.


In all honesty, I kind of thought of another popular cartoon series where they go on adventures. Even the voices in Jake and the Never Land Pirates started to sound similar to another show. I don't even have to say its name. I'll let you decide.

With such an assortment of characters, it's no wonder that Jake and the Never Land Pirates  is cable's #1 series for Boys 2-5, and is on track to be Disney Channels #1 preschool series ever. In fact, 45% of moms watch the show with their preschoolers.

Moms have given their feedback to Disney and they listened. There is a need for more Disney programming throughout the day, especially during the hours where it's time to make dinner or settle down. In an effort to meet that need, a brand new standalone 24-hour Disney Junior channel will launch in early 2012. Can I get an "Amen" from the parents?!

Surely the children won't be watching television 24/7, but in those moments when you need something to soothe, entertain, ignite, or just plain be on the screen, Disney Junior WILL be there.

To add to the fun and celebrate this amazing announcement, Disney (and Team Mom) sent us a bunch of treats– a package filled with Disney Junior and Jake and the Never Land Pirates-themed gifts with an approximate retail value of $100.

T-shirts, a movie, a notebook, mouse ears, a pen, a scarf, a water bottle
Will you be watching the holiday episode on Disney Junior?

Check out Jake and the Never Land Pirates on the Disney Junior website: http://disney.go.com/disneyjunior/jake-and-the-never-land-pirates.

Disclosure Information
Disney Junior provided me with a DVD to preview and a package of products to keep thanks to my participation in Team Mom. There was no monetary compensation for writing this post. The opinions and views are my own.  
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