via press release:
DISNEY JUNIOR’S “PIRATE AND PRINCESS SUMMER” MULTI-PLATFORM
PROGRAMMING EVENT RETURNS WITH NEW EPISODES OF
“SOFIA THE FIRST” AND “JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES,”
BEGINNING FRIDAY, JUNE 27
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jo Frost and Robert Morse Guest Star; Classic Disney Princess Mulan Makes Special Appearance on “Sofia the First”
New Games, Activities and Summer Anthem Music Video
Disney Junior’s “Pirate and Princess Summer” annual programming event kicks off FRIDAY, JUNE 27 on Disney Channel with new episodes of Emmy-nominated hit series “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” (9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ET/PT, respectively). All summer long, new episodes of the two series will alternate with Friday premieres FRIDAY, JULY 4 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 15 (9:00 a.m., ET/PT). All episodes will be made available a week prior to their television debut on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and via the WATCH Disney Junior app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to authenticated pay TV subscribers.
Among the premieres are an episode of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” featuring “Supernanny” Jo Frost as Captain Hook’s childhood nanny on Friday, July 18; Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon A Time”) as the castle’s kitchen maid, who aspires to be an inventor on “Sofia the First,” on Friday, July 25; and Robert Morse (“Mad Men”) as an elderly retired sorcerer in “Sofia the First” on Friday, August 8. Classic Disney Princess Mulan, voiced by Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), makes her debut appearance on “Sofia the First” on Friday, August 15.
On Friday, June 20, the WATCH Disney Junior app will release the games “Quest for the Four Swords” and “Sofia’s Enchanted Journey” exclusively for Android users. Beginning Friday, June 27, DisneyJunior.com/summer will debut “The Power of Me” music video, a summer anthem performed by Sofia and Jake meant to encourage kids to make a difference in the world.
“Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” consistently rank among the top preschool programs in Kids 2-5, with “Sofia the First” ranking as the #1 series overall in Girls 2-5, season to date. Both series have been embraced across all Disney businesses, including Disney Parks & Resorts, where they are prominently featured in the popular “Disney Junior Live on Stage!” attraction at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The series are also highlighted in the 103-city tour of “Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure.” Other extensions of the hit series comprise of multiple book titles, including the New York Times best seller “Sofia the First” and the accompanying “Sofia the First: Story Theater” app, which has been ranked #1 Kids iPad app on the App Store in 46 countries worldwide. Disney Consumer Products has robust product lines inspired by both series, and Disney Studios has released multiple soundtracks and DVDs.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” air daily on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel. There are 34 Disney Junior channels in 25 languages around the world.