More to Love on Disney Jr, with Jake and the Neverland Pirates!

For the last 10 years (well, 8…. my oldest daughter didn’t watch TV until my second was born…), Playhouse Disney has been a part of our household.  We used to watch Bear in the Big Blue House, rest his soul, and we still sing the “Clean Up the House” song.  Bear moved over and made way for great characters like Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, Imagination Movers, and more. The Playhouse Disney lineup is still one of the few networks I can turn on, and walk away to do my chores.  I’m not at all worried that my kids will see something I don’t approve of.

Disney JrWhen I heard that Playhouse Disney is changing it’s name to Disney Jr., I didn’t really know what that meant.  Would it be completely new channel? A different time slot? Would they keep my kids favorite shows?

I have discovered that most of what we’ve come to know an love will be staying just the same! Disney will be adding some great new shows and shorts to the line-up, and it all starts on Valentines Day, February 14, 2011! Some of the new features will be:

  • Mickey Mousekercise shorts between shows.  These are very cute and get the kids up and moving, focusing on gross motor skills.
  • Babar and the Adventures of Badou brings back the lovable elephant and his grandson Badou.
  • Tinga Tales, the all new show about African folk-tales with a twist.  I love it when my kids are exposed to stories from other cultures, and the graphics on Tinga Tales are mesmerizing!

Also, Radio Disney Junior, a music block designed for kids age 2-7, will debut MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (12:00 noon-1:00 p.m., ET/9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., PT) on Radio Disney, coinciding with the launch of Disney Junior on Disney Channel and

Sneak Peek of Jake and the

Neverland Pirates!

Jake and the Neverland PiratesThrough BabyCenter Blog Network, I got the chance to preview the show and tell you what I think of it, and I want to hear your thoughts too! We got a sneak peek of the new Disney Jr. Show, Jake and the Neverland Pirates! My seven and five year old girls especially loved it!  Yes, girls loved a pirate show! They’ve been seeing the previews, and squealed when I told them they’d get to watch a little bit of it!

The series spins off of the ever-magical Peter Pan story, and features Captain Hook and Smee, as the evil-yet-loveable villains.  Jake, along with other pirates from Neverland, have a series of problems to solve in each episode while avoiding the antics of Hook and Smee. Using the map concept, Jake and his friends travel throughout Neverland taking care of the tasks they need to defeat Hook’s plans.

Here’s what I loved about the show:

  • There is an absence of gender stereotypes, as the Neverland pirates include both girls and boys.  My girls love dressing up like Tinkerbell, but I also encourage them to be explorers and tackle tough problem solving just like the boys.
  • The show takes kids through systematic problem solving steps.  I may have some ammunition to get them to think through a problem, with “Hmm.. what would Jake do?”
  • Hook is a lovable adversary.  I think it’s important for kids to know that there will be difficulty in life, not everyone has your best interest at heart, but not to scare them.  The character of Captain Hook accomplishes that, in my opinion.
  • MAPS! Every kid loves a map, especially a pirate map! I expect to find a few homemade pirate maps around the house. Hey!  Maybe I’ll even use that for a snow/rain day activity! Better yet, I’ll have them go outside and make treasure maps!

Other thoughts:

  • The map and obstacle concept has been done before, but as long as the “Jake” writers keep coming up with fresh and creative ideas, the kids will be intrigued, and the show will hold their interest.  Also, Jake’s map brings in the concept of North, South, East, West, which I love.
  • OK, I debated on saying this, but… The Neverland Pirate Band guys that do the music videos are kinda creepy and slobby.  The songs are cute, but I would have cast those guys TOTALLY differently.  Maybe they could just clean them up a little? But that’s probably just me. I’m dying to hear what you think!

All in all, Jake and the Neverland Pirates will most likely become one of my kids new favorite shows.  Set your DVR for the first episode on the Disney Channel Monday, February 14 at 8:30 est.

To get some sneak peeks of the show:

Here’s the promo for the new show.  Let me know what you think!  Will your kids watch this show?


This post is a sponsored post in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network.


Disney Jr. “Jake” Slingbag Giveaway

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! The Winner is Mason,  with her comment, “All of us at the Heistand household loved the trailer. I have a three year old (for two more days) who is having a pirate birthday party on Saturday. We live and breath pirates. We’re looking forward to more of Jake!!”

Enter here to win a Disney Jr “Jake” Sling Gift Bag! The Gift Bag includes

  • Disney Jr. Journal
  • Water bottle
  • Jake t-shirt
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates stickers and tattoos

How to Enter: Leave a comment saying what you think of the change to Disney Jr. and your impression of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

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About Sarah Pinnix

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  1. OH girl! We are HUGE pirate fans in this house!! Now if only I could convince my hubby we really do need television service! I miss Disney (is that weird?)…or course, maybe it’s the peace that would ensure around the house when Disney was one…eh…who cares! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kelly
    Twitter: centsiblelife

    We’re excited to watch it! My kids are really into pirates, and even my older kids like Disney’s shows for the younger crowd.

  3. robin
    Twitter: robinelton

    I’m glad to see Peter Pan making a comeback. One of my fave kid’s books & movies!

  4. ChristiS
    Twitter: ChristiS

    I’m excited about the changes at disney, and Jake and the Pirates looks adorable! I’ve ‘started over’ with shows for small kids, with a 6 year difference between my second and third child!

  5. We LOVE Disney channel and are a little sad that ooh and aah are leaving but are looking forward to see what Disney Jr. will have for us 🙂

  6. I think this seems like a cute change! I love the idea of more shows for younger kids.

  7. I follow you on twitter

  8. I also tweeted it for you.

  9. I think it will be a good change! If anyone can reinvent themselves well, it is Disney. I love the idea of bringing Babar back. My boys have only seen him once, but I think it is a great cartoon. My boys WILL love Jake and his adventures.

  10. I tweeted!

  11. I already follow you on twitter.

  12. My kids love playhouse disney and are very excited about Disney Jr. They’ve played on the website some too and love the Jake Pirate stuff. I hope it’ll be a good change!

  13. and i follow your feed

  14. We are so excited for Disney Jr’s debut on the 14th. My toodler twin girls love Playhouse Disney and we’ve already seen previews of Jake Pirate and are so excited. DVR is set! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Follow you on Twitter

  16. michele
    Twitter: huggy_szper

    I am excited to see the new Disney Jr channel, my little guy loves pirates and he has been asking to watch it ever since he saw the first preview!
    I follow your RSS feed, twitter and FB

  17. I love the new idea that they are thinking about our little ones more. Not that I let Chan sit and watch it for hours, but it’s nice to know that Disney has made this change for when I do let him. I have noticed when he sees the preview for Jake and the Neverland Pirates he stops.
    It’s great to see they are incorporating some of the older shows for our little ones.

  18. I love the name change. I think it represents older kiddos 🙂

    And the show? My son has not stopped talking about this show since the first commercial came on. It looks adorable, and I can’t wait to watch it with him!

  19. I subscribe by reader 🙂

  20. I follow you on Twitter 🙂

  21. Katie Waltemeyer
    Twitter: sweetrosestudio

    I really think that Jake and the Neverland Pirates will be a welcome addition to the Disney Jr. line up! My son (and I) can’t wait to see it. 🙂

  22. Katie Waltemeyer
    Twitter: sweetrosestudio

    I follow you on Twitter!

  23. Katie Waltemeyer
    Twitter: sweetrosestudio

    I tweeted about your giveaway too!

  24. I like how Disney is changing with the times. We look forward to the new cartoons, specifically the Jake and the Never Land Pirates one.

  25. oh amanda
    Twitter: oohamanda

    Well, here’s my take on Disney Jr: I totally miss the name of “Playhouse Disney” b/c I think that is SO fun. But in 2012 when they make Disney Jr into it’s own cable station, I will LOVE that. Especially if they play all the old shows like Bear in the Big Blue House.

    But the MOST AWESOME thing is that Lydia’s picture is going to be on Disney Jr the opening week! She won their photo contest! So, look for her cute face next week!


  26. oh amanda
    Twitter: oohamanda

    I tweeted before I even read the post, does that count?

  27. All of us at the Heistand household loved the trailer. I have a three year old (for two more days) who is having a pirate birthday party on Saturday. We live and breath pirates. We’re looking forward to more of Jake!!

  28. My daughter loves Disney so we are looking forward to all the new shows that will be on Disney Jr. My daughter hasn’t seen Jake and the Neverland Pirates yet but when we saw a commercial she was excited to see it!

  29. I am an email subscriber!

  30. I follow @RealLifeSarah on Twitter

  31. Jaime
    Twitter: cjoy2day

    My kids are excited to see it, we’ve been watching the previews. Love the idea.

  32. Jaime
    Twitter: cjoy2day

    Tweet follower

  33. Jaime
    Twitter: cjoy2day


  34. Laura Combs says:

    You can’t go wrong with pirates…can you?? 🙂

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  36. Meresa Verholek says:

    I follow Sarah mostly Via facebook. I am excited to see a little revamping. I think it may be what allows the parents to get interested in the programming-and in turn the parents will offer that programming to their child (and be willing to watch it with them!)


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