DISNEY LAUNCHES BRAND NEW DISNEY JUNIOR PLAY APP
Preschoolers to interact with their favourite Disney Junior characters like never before
Disney UK have launched the new iOS app Disney Junior Play. Home to Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Junior fans can now get even closer to their favourite characters on the go through a variety of activities including fun games, engaging video-clips and a digital sticker book.
Free to download, Disney Junior Play comes with the “Disney Junior Favourites” pack, featuring four multi-level games and a digital sticker book featuring Doc, Sofia, Jake and Mickey. Additional packs based on Disney Junior’s smash-hit shows Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are available to purchase from within the app, each containing four games, a short form video and a digital sticker book.
Although the app is free to download and you get a free pack of games, you can purchase more in-app games, 1 game costs £1.99, 2 game bundle costs £2.99 and a four pack bundle costs £4.99. It is worth purchasing the four pack bundle as your child gets to play with all of the in-app games that are available.
After creating a simple profile, it is simple and easy for children to navigate their way around the games. The games are created to encourage creativity, nurture problem solving skills, develop dexterity and help with hand-eye co-ordination. Stickers are rewarded and collected during gameplay and can be saved in the sticker book; each pack having its own character themed sticker book and 25 stickers to collect. Each pack features a set of adventures and stimulating play topics that transport kids into the world of their favourite Disney Junior characters; from helping Doc choose the right clothes for the weather to helping Jake and his crew design a sand castle for a pirate king.
Themed Packs within the app:
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ‘Farmyard Fun’
- Doc McStuffins ‘Here to Help’
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates ‘Island Adventures’
- Sofia the First ‘A Royal Party’
- Each game has three levels
- Jigsaw games to encourage problem solving
- Catching games to reward fast fingers, for example the apple catching game in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Dress up games to inspire imaginative and creative play
- Placement games to encourage Logical thinking, using the finger to drag and drop, rub, swipe and press.
- Hide and Seek games to reward observation skills
- 25 stickers to collect in each pack to stick in your book
- The app can support up to 4 profiles
Disney Junior Play has been designed to keep little ones busy with fun, challenging games that feature everyday themes, but while a lot of fun for kids, the app has also been developed with parents in mind. Purchases within Disney Junior Play are both safe and secure with payments facilitated only after parents have correctly passed through the child-protection screen.
Boel Ferguson, VP & GM Disney Interactive EMEA & UK, said: “Disney has an incredible breadth and depth of beloved stories and characters and, more and more, their first experience with our content is now a digital one. Mobile has become an important canvas for storytelling and interaction with some of our most popular shows. The Disney Junior Play app offers an unparalleled line-up of high-quality, popular mobile entertainment content that brings some Disney magic to mobile devices for both kids and parents alike.”
With fun games, colourful animations, favourite characters, this app can only be a hit with young children. My two year old has not put it down since downloading it, he loves to sing along and dance to the ‘Hot Dog’ song in the Mickey Mouse in-app and even though it only lasts for 52 seconds with one little tap of the finger it can be repeated over and over again. Each of the apps have a short little song for the children to sing along to. Another favourite of Oliver’s is Cubby’s map mix up where you have to fit pieces of the map together to form one big one. You have to drag and drop the pieces in to place, which Oliver finds it easy to do and especially loves the fact that he is awarded a sticker once he fits them all together.
I feel comfortable leaving Oliver with the ipad playing with this app as there are no in-app advertisement interruptions and he can also find his way around the game without any help from myself.
Disney Junior play is available to download on the iphone, ipad, and ipod touch, it also requires ios 6.0.
We was provided with a bundle for the purpose of this review