Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has always been a favorite around our household. In fact, I often joke with my husband that he watches it just as much, if not more than Kaelyn! It's wholesome, fun-filled, and educational. The interactive story lines never fail to hold her attention the whole time. She loves to get involved and help Mickey on his missions using the mousekatools! That's why I knew she'd be thrilled that we were going to have the opportunity to review the Mickey Mote.
We were sent the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Number Roundup DVD specially packaged with a Mickey Mote as well as Handy Manny: Big Construction job to review.

The package arrived and I knew Kaelyn would be tickled the minute she saw what it included. I was right! She adores both Mickey Mouse and Handy Manny...so the DVDs themselves were a huge hit right off the bat. Of course, what made this package even better was the fact that it contained the all new Mickey Mote - just released yesterday (November 16th).

For those who aren't familiar, the Mickey Mote is a child-friendly handheld remote control, shaped like Mickey ears. Just the appearance alone is sure to captivate the interest of children of all ages! This handy little remote is not only perfectly sized for small hands and simple to use, but also allows for children to interact with their favorite Disney characters on a whole new level.

Here's a quick clip with more information:

Each of the DVDs we were sent can be watched/played in 3 different ways:
1. Discovery Mode Level 1 - Answer fun questions about colors, shapes and sizes using the Mickey Mote
2. Discovery Mode Level 2 - Move to a higher level with more challenging questions using the Mickey Mote
3. Auto Play - Enjoy Discovery Mode without use the remote.

Of course, myself and Kaelyn were both interested in trying out the all-new Mickey Mote. Getting started couldn't have been easier. We simply had to program the remote by following a few easy steps outlined at the beginning of the DVD. In no time it was ready for her to use.

We decided to start with Level 1 which seemed perfectly suited for her age. As the DVD went along, she was responding to questions about the scenes she had just watched. For instance, one was "What was Mickey Pointing too...a sheep or a horn?". By pressing one of the four color-coded buttons on the device (yellow star, green circle, orange triangle or blue square) she clicked her responses.

Kaelyn absolutely loves using the Mickey Mote! She has so much fun, and little does she know...she's learning the entire time! Not only is she working on her fine motor skills, but also skills like comprehension, memorization, and recognizing colors and shapes. It's the perfect size for her little hands, and with just four buttons...couldn't be more simple to use.

I can see this being something she (and Kaden when he's a little older) will use for a long time. Having different Discovery Modes provides levels that are appropriate for 2 year olds all the way up to 5 (or even 6 probably). Level 2 is more challenging and is a great option for a child as he/she grows. It's also sure to never get boring, as there are already several Disney Preschool DVDs with Discovery Mode, making it compatible with the Mickey Mote.
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Choo Choo
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Bow-Tique
  • Handy Manny: Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure
  • Handy Manny: Manny’s Big Race
  • Little Einsteins: Fire Truck Blast Off
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Bedtime With Pooh
It's worked out well that we already have a few of these for her to use the Mickey Mote with. I can now keep my eye out for others to buy her as time goes on.

Of course, I can't end this review without filling you in on the two DVDs we received. Like the other Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVDs, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Numbers Roundup did not disappoint. Children are taken on 5 exciting, number themed adventures with Mickey Mouse and the rest of the gang. It includes four episodes (Mickey's Roundup, Daisy Bo-Peep, Mickey's Big Surprise, and Super Goof's Super Puzzle) as well as a great never-before-seen bonus episode!

Handy Manny: Big Construction Job is another fun-filled adventure that we really enjoyed. It takes Manny to a new construction project out of town! There are new tools, new songs and a never-before-seen episode you won't want to miss!

With the holidays just around the corner, I would highly recommend Mickey Mote as a gift for any young child! It's one of a kind, fun and educational toy and sure to be something every child (and parent) will enjoy!

Buy It: Released November 16, 2010, consumers can purchase either Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Number Roundup and/or Handy Manny: Big Construction Job DVDs - which each come specially packaged with the new Mickey Mote. The suggested retaile price is $29.99 (US)/$35.99 (CAN).

**The products for this review were provided for free by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. All opinions found here are my own and may differ from those of others.**

  1. Petula November 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM  

    That is so cute and looks fun too. For some reason I thought it was bigger, but I'm glad to see how it fits in her hands. My youngest is tiny and really needs to work on her fine motor skills. She's doing very well and this would be the extra push she'd need especially since she loves Mickey and Handy Manny. Great review!

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