Dora's Dance to the Rescue
Airdate October 11, 2005
Season 4
Episode 18
Previous Best Friends
Next Save Diego
Dora's Dance to the Rescue is a Dora the Explorer TV movie. It's also an episode for season 4.



Dora and Boots try to rescue Swiper the Fox from a magical bottle after getting tricked by a mean dancing elf.


A magic bottle contains a dance-loving elf but the only way he can get out is if someone opens his bottle and they get magically sucked in. Swiper is walking by and the elf decides to trick Swiper into opening the bottle. Swiper then opens the bottle and magically gets sucked into the bottle, the elf is free and goes dancing throughout the rainforest. Swiper calls Dora and Boots for help and they’re surprised to see that Swiper is stuck in a bottle. Dora tried to open the bottle and Swiper tells her that if she opens the bottle that she’ll get sucked in. The bottle comes to life and says that the only way to get Swiper out is to go to the castle for the King’s dance competition and the prize is one wish. Map tells them in order to get to the castle they have to go in the pyramid and sail the ocean. The trio gets to the pyramid and when they try to go inside, a mountain goat warns them about the bugs inside and the only way they can get by them is to do their dances. They succeeded and their next part of their journey is the ocean. Dora gets The Pirate Pig and his piggy crew to help them sail across the ocean. While they’re sailing with the pirates, a big thundercloud comes and tells them to get past him is to do a pirate dance and they dance the thundercloud is impressed and gives them pirate treasure which is a pirate party with balloons, cake, goody bags, streamers and music. They thanked the pirates and start to walk to the castle. When they approach the steps to the castle a castle guard tells them that they can’t enter the castle without fancy clothes. When all hope seems to be lost, Benny the Bull comes in his hot air balloon and gives Boots a red bowtie and Dora a beautiful purple gown. The castle guard allows them to go inside and King Juan el Bobo announces the start of the dance competition. The elf does all the dances correctly but Dora and Boots are able to keep up with them. King Juan el Bobo says it’s a tie between Dora, Boots and the elf, then the king says that the tie-breaker is to make his mother dance but she says she doesn’t like dancing because she thinks it’s silly. Dora and Boots gets everyone in the castle even the king’s mother to dance and the king declares Dora and Boots to be the winners and the guards bring out the magic box that allows them to make their one wish. Dora and Boots wish Swiper free from the bottle and he is free but the magic swirls around the elf but Dora asks the king if the elf can be free from the bottle forever and the king allows it. The elf apologizes for tricking Swiper and he is able to dance out of the bottle for good. King Juan el Bobo‘s mother dances with the elf and everyone in the castle dances happily.

Places in episode

  1. Pyramid
  2. Ocean
  3. Castle



  • First double length episode to use the original Dora the Explorer theme song from season 1 & season 2 at the end of the episode.
  • This is the 2nd double length episode to have 3 places.
  • A different font style was used in the closing credits.
  • This is the last episode to premiere in 2005. On top of that, the copyright actually used the year it premiered in the end credit sequence.
  • This is the 3rd episode that lasted for over 30 minutes.
  • This is never the first time the series does the 2005-2008 Nick Jr. Productions logo.
  • This is the 94th episode of the show.
  • Dora's voice is the same as the one used in previous episodes, but it noticably sounds different. The voice has already debuted in Go Diego, Go! before this episode aired This voice will be debuted again in Dora's World Adventure.
  • This is the second double-length special where Map is asked more than once.
  • This is also the first double-length special where there is no star catching, though the star pocket can be seen on Backpack throughout the episode.
  • Dora was not suppose to have her star pocket in this episode. It was suppose to be hidden just like in episodes Dora's World Adventure and Dora Saves the Mermaids.
  • The graphics has been changed in this episode just like the background and Dora having smaller eyes. All of these things have been used in Season 5
  • Dora's season 5 look has been debuted in this episode.
  • This was the second episode to use the extended version of We Did It. The first was Dora's Pirate Adventure.
  • When Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song, they don’t say "where are we going", they instead say "what do we need" "one big wish".
  • Diego doesn’t appear in this episode.
  • Before everyone starts singing We Did It, Dora and Boots don’t yell out the word "we did it", King Juan el Bobo instead says and yells out "let’s dance".
  • Swiper is on his good side without any swiping because he’s stuck in the bottle and wants to get out so Dora and Boots help him get out which he appreciates.
  • Dora doesn’t use the 3 squares that show the places she’s going, she instead uses Map as her guide.
  • This is the first episode Swiper sings the Travel Song with Dora and Boots even though they don't say "where are we going" or the last place after saying that as the answer.
  • The Fiesta Trio don't sing the I'm The Map song with Map.


  • When Dora sings the Travel Song, her hand keeps going through the bottle.


Video game by Atari based of this TV movie:
Dora the Explorer-Dance to the Rescue videogame

Dora the Explorer-Dance to the Rescue videogame

Character Find

Swiper the Fox

Dora the Explorer Season 4
Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera |Star Catcher | La Maestra de Música | The Shy Rainbow | Swiper the Explorer | Star Mountain | Big Sister Dora | Super Babies | Catch the Babies | Dora's Got a Puppy | We're a Team! | Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine | Dora & Diego to the Rescue | A Crown for King Juan el Bobo | The Mixed-Up Seasons | Best Friends | Dora's Dance to the Rescue | Save Diego | Dora's First Trip | Baby Jaguar's Roar | Dora's World Adventure | Boots to the Rescue | Baby Crab | Dora Saves the Mermaids