How It Works:
The Mickey Mote works with any Disney Preschool DVD that includes Discovery Mode(tm), the interactive "Watch & Play" feature on the DVD! All parents have to do is program the remote control - there's an easy and quick set-up guide in each DVD- and select the Discovery Mode feature on the menu screen. Within minutes, kids will be easily responding to questions, throughout the story, about scenes they just watched (such as "What color is Goofy's hat?") by pressing one of four color-coded buttons on the device -- a yellow star, green circle, orange triangle or blue square - to click in their responses. Discovery Mode features include two levels of play, which provides more challenging questions as the child grows.
Why Parents Will Love It:
Once families have purchased a Disney Preschool DVD that comes packaged with the Mickey Mote, they can continue to build their Disney Preschool libraries as the Mickey Mote works in compatibility with any Discovery Mode enhanced DVD. For example, kids can immediately use the remote with any of the following titles:
* 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
Our Experience: I had a little trouble programming the Mickey Mote but I am SERIOUSLY technologically challenged so this was not a shocker to me. After a few tries we were ready to go although A&W were a bit annoyed at their slow mother. When I whipped out the super cool looking remote they wanted to get started immediately not wait for Mama to stumble through syncing a remote control. In any case once we got started they were super excited about being able to interact with the shows. The remote control is the PERFECT size for little hands and was very simple for the boys to figure out. They liked answering the questions about the show and I think it kept them interested for longer. They both said they wished they did not have to wait so long for the questions so I think they would have liked it to be even more interactive. I really liked how the boys were not just sitting there like little drones and were answering educational questions pertaining to the video.
You can purchase the Mickey Mote as well as the DVD's on Amazon (this would make a great gift for the 2-5 year old on your list!).
Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned product for purpose of review. I was not compensated in any way and the opinions expressed are my own and have not been edited.