"Dora and Friends: Into the City!" Follows Dora and Her Friends

Preschool show showcases Dora and her adventures at school

Dora and Friends Into the City characters
New "Dora and Friends: Into the City," characters(left to right): Alana, Naiya, Dora, Kate and Emma (not shown: Pablo). The show airs on Nickelodeon.. Nickelodeon

Dora and Friends: Into the City! follows the popular animated character Dora the Explorer in new adventures that take place in a fictional city with new friends. Like other Dora episodes, the Nickelodeon show is aimed at preschoolers and includes an interactive curriculum, plus tie-in merchandise.

In the series, Dora and her friends go to school and work together on community service projects. The half-hour show, which airs on Nickelodeon during the network's "preschool block," was created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes (also the creator of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!).

The original series, Dora the Explorer, also remains on the air (check local listings for both).

Newest Dora Series Set in Fictional Playa Verde

The show is set in the Playa Verde, a fictional city. Within the setting of the peer group, Dora and her group of friends go on different adventures (some magical, some based in ordinary events that preschoolers themselves may encounter) where they model positive behavior for small children—being a good friend, figuring out the best way to solve problems, how to be a leader, and taking joy in learning—through relatable experiences.

For example, in one episode, "Doggie Day," Dora and her friends reunite a shelter dog with his family, and in another, "Buddy Race," the team of friends must work together to help raise money to help fix a broken playground.

"Dora and Friends: Into the City! expands on Dora’s legacy of being a compassionate leader, friend and role model, in a setting where she can have dynamic peer relationships and experience the world around her in new and exciting ways,” said Teri Weiss, executive vice president, Nickelodeon Preschool.

 “Preschoolers will explore with their favorite pal Dora and her friends while developing interpersonal skills and a sense of community that will help them navigate new social situations like starting school and making friends. And, of course, learn Spanish along the way.”  

How Dora Helps Young Children Learn

Fans familiar with the original series will recognize some familiar elements: 

  • A Latin-influenced pop music soundtrack
  • Interactive curriculum where Dora addresses the viewing audience, asking them questions and awaiting a response
  • An introduction of Spanish words and Latino culture
  • A "Map App" found on her smartphone which helps Dora as she goes on her adventures
  • Magical elements and fantasy-based storytelling. In some episodes, Dora visits Magic Land; in another she visits with Mariana the Mermaid.

"Chris [Gifford] and I wanted to keep all the core values and attributes that we love about Dora the Explorer, while widening the scope of her adventures and deepening the educational elements," said Walsh Valdes in a statement. "We made her slightly older so she could be of an age to have meaningful and dynamic friendships. It was important for our audience to see Dora being a good friend, having friends who support her but can also joke around with her, essentially modeling positive interpersonal skills. This creates a curriculum goal that shows how to use our emotional intelligence to help us have patience and see a problem from different points of view."

Dora's Newest Friends in Series

Dora's new friends include:

  • Kate: an avid reader who is dramatic and artistic
  • Naiya: a smart girl who excels at math and science
  • Emma: an accomplished musician with a drive to be the best
  • Alana: an athletic, confident soccer player and animal lover
  • Pablo: a smart, playful, energetic athlete and explorer

"In each episode, Dora and her friends are faced with trying to find a solution to a problem in their community," said Gifford in a statement. "They set off into the city where they enter a magical world, and face certain challenges that up the stakes and add jeopardy and adventure. The solution to the magical-world problem helps them with the original community service project. More cinematic and musical than Dora the Explorer stories, it builds on our tradition of using magical realism and offers us more opportunities to feature Latin American culture in a meaningful way."

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