León, the Circus Lion
Airdate Current Airings: Monday, July 14, 2003

Earlier Airings: Sunday, July 14, 2002

Season 2
Previous Current Airings: The Lost City

Earlier Airings: Quack! Quack!

Next Current Airings: Dora Had a Little Lamb

Earlier Airings:

León, the Circus Lion is an episode from Season 2 of Dora the Explorer.



Dora and Boots encounter a lion, named León, who wants to join the circus.


Dora and Boots hear the circus train. There was a monkey juggling 3 balls. 2 elephants, 2 clowns and a group of animals playing in a band. They also see a lion named León. He tells Dora and Boots he wanted to be a circus lion. León the circus lion gets out 10 hot dogs. He juggles with him and eats them all up one by one. Dora tells León that he should join the circus. So, they had to find the circus train. They find it and found out it was heading to the circus tent which was very far away. Map gives them directions on how to get there. He tells them that they have to swing on 3 different swings in the swinging forest. Next, Map tells them they have to cross a tightrope bridge. Finally, he tells them that they will reach the circus tent. Dora, Boots and León had off to the swinging forest. It was so far away but, León had a unicycle in his blue circus bag. He picks up Dora and Boots and give them a ride. But, he was not going very fast. León asked the viewer to help him peddle. With some help, they got to the swinging forest. León gets on the swings while Dora and Boots hold to him. They had to reach the next swing when it is right towards them. Once the swings, were close to the swing they were on, they got through the swinging forest. Dora, Boots and León had to figure out where to go next. They went through the swinging forest. Now, they had to go across tightrope bridge. And off they went. León gets out his juggling balls and his hula hoop. He was able to spin the hula hoop around his waist and balance balls on the tips of his paws and on his nose. Suddenly, they hear Swiper the fox. Swiper was hanging low on a vine trying to swipe León's circus toys. He swipes them and hides them. Then, he runs away with a sinister laugh. However, Dora and Boots manage to find León's circus toys. León gets his circus toys back and puts them in his blue circus bag. Now, they were on their way to tightrope bridge. They had to do the tightrope walk to get across. León went first. He puts his arms out to the side to hold his balance. Next, he puts one foot out in front of the other and repeats the sequence until he made it across. Then, it was Boots' turn. He put his arms out to hold his balance and walks carefully across. León thought Boots could be a circus monkey after he had his turn across tightrope bridge. Then, it was Dora's turn. She also expanded her arms and walks carefully across. Together, one by one, they got across tightrope bridge. Now, they had to find out where to go next. They went through the swinging forest and walked across tightrope bridge. Now, they had to go to the circus tent. As Dora, Boots and León were on their way, they find Isa rolling skating. Isa tells them that the circus starts soon. Dora, Boots and León all gasp. They had to get to the circus quick. Dora checks her Backpack to see if she has any roller skates and helmets. Now, that the three are on wheels, they were ready to go. The elephant's trunks raised up, so Dora, Boots and León can pass through. León gets out some coins to pay for some cotton candy and some balloons. As Dora, Boots and León were on their to the circus, the tent closed. They had to tell the circus tent "Abre" so it can open. Once they said "abre", Dora, Boots and León let go of the balloons as they all went inside the circus tent. Once inside, Dora and Boots wondered where León the circus lion went. They find León on a tall platform. He needed help finding the right colored rope that will take him down to the ground. He could not take the green, blue or purple rope, so, he used the yellow rope to get him down to the ground. They all clap for León as he makes his way across to one tall platform all the way down to the ground. León had some more circus tricks. He shows them how to juggle. The ringmaster makes León a circus lion and puts on a black hat. And that was how León got to join the circus.

Places in this episode

  1. Swinging Forest
  2. Tightrope Bridge
  3. Circus


  • Boots could not pick one favorite part.
  • This episode had a fade out, fade in video transition.
  • Benny and Tico do not appear in this episode.


  • Backpack didn't have wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads and it's uncertain how the three manage to have them on.


Character Find

Grumpy Old Troll

Dora the Explorer Season 2
The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | The Missing Piece | Rojo the Fire Truck | Lost Squeaky | Doctor Dora | The Golden Explorers | El Día De Las Madres | Lost Map | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | Super Map! | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | A Letter for Swiper | Dora, La Músico | Egg Hunt | Super Spies | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | Whose Birthday is It? | The Lost City | León, the Circus Lion