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If you’re a mom of preschoolers, chances are you’ve got Disney Junior on continuous repeat, especially at 6 AM when tiny feet are pitter-pattering around the house and you’re trying to get that first sip of coffee. In our house, the faves over the years have been Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, The Lion Guard, and PJ Masks. (My 4-year-old even has his own CatBoy outfit to wear while watching and eating his morning Cheerios. Into the night to save the day!) So when I heard the news that the first-ever Disney Junior Music Radio Station just launched on Apple Music, I knew it would be music to my kids’ ears. (Literally.)
Parents, I know what you’re thinking right about now: How is it possible to hear Lion Guard’s “Life in the Pride Lands” and Mickey and his crew singing “Happy Helpers” any more than you already do? But let’s be real — you know that Disney Junior brings peace and harmony to your household pretty much any time you turn it on. If your kids are signing along to “Make Them Proud” by Elena of Avalor, then they aren’t fighting, right? Right. And lucky for you, those are just a few of the five brand-new EPs that are now available on the station — along with The Puppy Dog Pals and Doc McStuffins theme songs. Plus, your kids will recognize familiar voices like Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Aimee Carrero (the voice of Elena of Avalor), and Amber Riley, who sings the Doc theme song.
Also available on the new Apple Music station is the Disney Junior: Nursery Rhymes Collection, a digital album with over 20 classic songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Wheels on the Bus,” and the “Alphabet Song.” But guess who’s singing them? Genevieve Goings of Choo Choo Soul and Rob Cantor of Goldie and Bear! I don’t know about you, but my kids will know those voices instantly. And if you want the physical CD, you can purchase it starting October 13.
So parents, better hop into your iTunes account now and embrace the fact that your kids are hopelessly obsessed with Disney Junior, and frankly, it helps you parent better. After all, there’s a reason we let them veg out in front of PJ Masks or Doc McStuffins on Saturday mornings for two hours at a clip: It’s nice. The characters are kind, and practice sharing and good friendship. They help keep my kids innocent, before they inevitably venture into the morally questionable “older kid shows,” as we call them in our house. And I for one want to keep them them in Disney Junior land as long as I can.
I think I’m going to start blasting these newly-released tracks throughout my house to soften the blow of forcing them to clean up. (“Happy Helpers” pick up their toys after all, right?) Or in my car next time I’m dragging all three kids along to the grocery store. (“If you behave and don’t ask for candy, we can listen to more Disney Junior songs on the way home!”) And they’ll probably (maybe?) listen to me. Hey, it’s worth a shot!
The Disney Junior: Nursery Rhymes Collection digital album, as well as series EPs for Doc McStuffins, Elena of Avalor, The Lion Guard, Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Puppy Dog Pals EPs can all be heard on Apple Music’s Disney Junior Radio Station today.