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Boots' Special Day
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Airdate Friday, October 24, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 (VHS and DVD)
Saturday, September 18, 2004 (Noggin)
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 (Nick Jr. Favorites' DVD)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 3
Episode 14 (aired)
12 (produced)
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Alex Que
Jim Schumann
Jose Silverio
Mike Sosnowski
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous Baseball Boots (airing order)
Baby Dino (production order)
Next Boo! (airing order)
To the South Pole (production order)

Boots' Special Day is the 14th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.

In production order, it's the 12th episode of Season 3.



Go ahead, make Boots' day! Because it's Boots' special day - un día especial! Help him do everything he loves, like lead the Big Drum Parade, see the animals at Diego's Animal Rescue Center, and even visit his Daddy at work.


It was a beautiful day in the rainforest. Dora and Boots are on the dirt path when suddenly, the confetti falls on top of them! The Fiesta Trio had a special announcement to make. It was someone's special day, un día especial. Dora and Boots were surprised. They wonder whose special day it is. They sing "It's Someone's Special Day". In the song, they sing about who will have a day that will be so much fun and that on a special day, one gets to play or go anywhere he/she wants. At the end of the song, they sing out "Who's it gonna be?". Dora and Boots sing the line once and the Fiesta Trio sing it twice. After that, the Fiesta Trio give Dora an envelope. She opens it and inside was a picture of Boots the monkey (with a banana), which means that it was Boots' special day. Boots was so excited. Dora mentions to the viewer that whenever it's someone's special day, they get to do whatever they want, and maybe even get to wear a special day crown as a king (or a queen). Dora checks Backpack for a special day crown for Boots. Backpack was so excited to hear the news about Boots' special day. Backpack had 3 different crowns. She had a bean crown, a broccoli crown and a banana crown. The viewer knows that a bean crown and a broccoli crown are good, but he/she believes that the banana crown would be perfect for Boots, because he loves bananas. The banana crown lands on Boots' head and now he becomes the king. Dora asks king Boots what he liked to do on his special day. Boots thinks for a moment and decides to kick off his special day with a drum parade. Boots comes up with another fun thing to do: he likes to see the animals at Diego's animal rescue center. And finally, Boots decides to visit his dad at work, who is an architect building a new roller coaster at the new amusement park. Boots asks Dora if they could do all those fun things which is a big drum parade, play with the animals and visit his dad at the amusement park. Dora replies yes to Boots because it was his special day. So Dora and Boots checked Map to figure out how and where to find all those fun activities. Map was also excited that it was Boots' special day. The viewer had to find where the drum parade, the animal center and where Boots' daddy is. Map says that Boots can do the drum parade first and the viewer finds it close to bottom left corner of the picture map. After that, they can see the animals at the animal rescue center. The viewer finds the animal rescue center located in the middle of the picture with Baby Jaguar. Even though when Baby Jaguar does not appear, he is only seen on Map's segment. And after Dora and Boots visit the animals at the animal rescue center, they can visit Boots' dad at the new amusement park. Map also mentions they can catch stars along the way. Dora and Boots get going and started looking for special things for Boots. They find ice cream from Ice Cream Truck and get a ride on a tugboat across a river. After that, Dora and Boots arrive at the big drum parade. All of Boots' friends were there. Everyone picked a drum to play. Boots wanted to play a big red drum because red is his favorite color. The viewer finds it and Boots puts the strap around his neck attached to the big red drum. Then, Big Red Drum tells Boots that it was his special day which means that he gets to lead the parade. Boots was excited. He then asks the viewer if he/she wants to help him lead the parade and he/she accepted his request. Everyone lined up behind Boots. He, the viewer, and everyone else start drumming together. They went slowly and then started drumming faster, and faster, and then even faster. The crowd cheers and some people are taking pictures of them as the speed increases. At the end of the parade, the Fiesta Trio play their special jazzy tune. Boots lead the big drum parade with his friends and now he and Dora got going to do the next activity. Dora and Boots get a ride on Rojo the fire truck. After that, they see Val the Octopus with 8 yo-yos. Boots was happy to see that Val the Octopus is going to give Dora and Boots a special yo-yo. But then, they hear Swiper the fox. Swiper appears and disappears from different areas so quickly. Dora and Boots saw how fast Swiper was moving. Boots is not going to let Swiper ruin his special day, so he knew what to do. He has to say "Swiper no Swiping". He says it with Dora and Val 3 times. Swiper says "Oh man!" as he snaps his fingers and runs away. Dora and Boots each have a yo-yo. Boots tosses a yo-yo to the viewer. They started playing with their own yo-yo. After that, Dora and Boots put their own yo-yo away and went to the animal center. Dora can see her cousin Diego. He comes down to greet his cousin Dora and his friend Boots. Diego is also excited to hear it was Boots' special day. He also mentions that he had a special animal named after Boots' favorite food which was bananas and that the special animal was a banana bird. Diego, Dora and Boots call out to the banana bird. Sure enough, the banana bird comes and lands on Diego's hand. Diego communicates to the banana bird. Diego tells Boots that the banana bird is also excited for Boots' special day. Boots asks Diego if the banana bird likes bananas. Diego says to Boots that the banana bird likes to eat sweet foods like bananas. The banana bird flies out of the sight. Boots wondered where he went. Diego tells Boots that the banana bird is going to get some bananas for his special day. The viewer helps the banana bird find the bananas which were on a tree to the far left. They were 5 bananas. Dora, Diego and Boots had one. Boots tosses a banana to the viewer and together they peeled and ate their bananas. Boots had one banana left and decides to save it for his dad when he sees him at the amusement park. Boots puts the banana inside his crown. After that, he hears the same 3 stars of red, blue and yellow like The Lost City. Dora, Diego and Boots tried to catch the stars. They moved around too fast. Suddenly, they saw an explorer star who draws, colors and paints. Her name was Artista. She draws a circle and a triangle. Boots wondered what Artista was going to draw next. Dora asks the viewer what Arista drew. The viewer saw that Artista drew a boot. Boots loves his red boots. Diego, Dora and Boots catch the stars now. Then, they put them in the star pocket. Dora and Boots say goodbye to Diego and the banana bird. After that, it was time to see Boots' daddy. They go through the passage bars. The viewer finds Boots' dad as he watches a bulldozer drive past. Boots goes to his dad, gives him a big hug, and tells him that it was his special day. Boots' dad thought that was great news. Boots also tells his dad that he wanted to come and see him. Boots' dad was blushed to hear this. Boots even brought a banana for his dad. Boots' dad decides to split it in half. After that, Boots' dad tells his son Boots and his friend Dora that he and his building crew had just finished building the new roller coaster and was all ready to go. Dora and Boots want to ride on it, so they and Boots' dad got on and put down the safety bar (so they can be safe). The roller coaster car moves along the track and stops at the bottom of the hill. Boots' dad tells Dora and Boots that Roller Coaster speaks Spanish. So, they had to say "arriba" for "up". They did so and Roller Coaster trundles up the track. They keep saying the Spanish word for "up" until Boots' dad tells Roller Coaster "Pare" for stop. They were high up. Dora can see Benny, Isa and Tico on the ground. They were jumping, cheering, and waving at Boots. Suddenly, Artista comes out of the star pocket and draws a picture for Boots in the sky. After that, she goes back into star pocket after giving Boots a kiss. Then, a Boots the monkey hot-air balloon appears and the Fiesta Trio ride in it as they play a special jazzy tune for Boots once more for his special day. Then, they say "abajo" to get Roller Coaster down. They get a fast ride downhill. Boots had his best special day ever!


Places in this episode[]

  1. Big Drum Parade (referred to as just "Drums")
  2. Animal Center (referred to as just "Animals")
  3. Amusement Park (referred to as "Boots' Daddy")


Items in Backpack (clockwise from the top right)[]

  • Bean crown behind the blue door
  • Broccoli crown behind the yellow door
  • Banana crown behind the red door (correct item)


This episode can be found in Super Silly Fiesta! on VHS and DVD. It can also be found in Nick Jr. Favorites Volume 5, as well as Dora and Boots Best Friends Forever on DVD.


  • This episode is featured in the Nick Jr. Favorites 5 DVD.
  • In the Backpack segment, the background was darkened, and instead of items circling around Backpack, she had three doors each with a fruit/vegetable (all beginning with B) crown behind them. The light would be towards each crown. The music is also modified to include some piano for Jazz Style. And this episode is that backpack has taken out only three items.
  • In the Map segment, the path does not trace to the places because Boots can technically do the three activities in any order he wants. However, he just decides to do it in the order shown on the map, since he and Dora always travel in that order.
  • The Fiesta Trio plays a special fanfare in honor of Boots' special day instead of their original one. They did not even play their extended fanfare to start the We Did It! song (however, they do play the exclusive fanfare of this episode to start it).
  • This is Diego's fourth appearance and the second time without Baby Jaguar.
    • However, Baby Jaguar was seen at the Animal Rescue Center as shown in the picture during Map's segment.
  • In this episode, Felipe Dieppa voices Diego without his brother Andres Dieppa. This would happen again in The Super Silly Fiesta, Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur (with Gabriel Alvarez), and Job Day.
  • This is the first episode to introduce Boots' father, who is an architect.
  • This is the second episode where Boots reveals that his favorite food is bananas, first being El Día De Las Madres.
  • It is revealed that red is Boots' favorite color.
    • It is possible that red being his favorite color is the reason why Boots always wears red boots in every episode instead of a different color from time to time.
  • Boots shows Dora a yo-yo trick before saying what their favorite parts were.
  • This is the 66th episode of the show (67th in earlier airings).
  • At the Drum Parade, Benny uses the same conga drum from Dora, La Música.
  • Part of this episode can be seen in a SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric promo.
  • The Travel Song is replaced by a new song It's a Special Day for Boots.
  • Boots says that Swiper is not swiping anything on his special day, but he declares to stop him with the audience and Dora anyway of not ruining the special day.
  • This is the fourth episode Boots stands behind the picture pop-up sequence with Dora, first being Pinto, the Pony Express, second being ¡Rápido, Tico! and third being Save the Puppies!, and he does it all three times, just like in the first and third aforementioned episodes.
  • Boots wears his banana crown almost throughout the episode.
  • When Dora and Boots are almost finished singing We Did It!, Boots doesn't say "Hooray!", instead, his father says it.
    • And when singing We Did It!, Dora and Boots are not dancing, because they ride in the roller coaster.
  • Similar to León, the Circus Lion, Boots admits that he liked everything about the adventure. Unlike the aforementioned episode, he thought of at least one favorite part (calling it his favorite favorite part) instead of simply saying that he likes every moment of the trip.
    • Also, in the same segment, this is the third episode Dora says her favorite part before Boots, first being Sticky Tape and the second being Call Me Mr. Riddles.
    • This is the only time Boots says the word "favorite" twice when he talks about his favorite part.
  • This is one of few episodes where the fourth wall is broken. It happened twice in this episode: Boots handed the viewer a yo-yo, then he handed the viewer a banana.
  • "Un día especial" means "A special day" in Spanish.
  • When the Fiesta Trio says, "Estrellas!" the audio is taken from The Lost City.
  • When Dora says "You see Swiper?", the audio track is taken from TBA in a higher voice.
  • Although it premiered in 2003 on Nickelodeon and in 2004 on Noggin, it was actually made in 2002 according to the credits.
  • In some years, this episode could air whenever it's June or Father's Day (most likely because the episode involves Boots spending time with his dad), but this episode premiered in October 2003.
  • The special jazz tune will be reused for an updated version of Dora's Friendship Fiesta.


  • On the Super Silly Fiesta! VHS and DVD, it says "Boots's Special Day". An extra S is added after the apostrophe. This also applies to the credits of this episode.
  • It is unknown what Swiper would swipe when he appeared. It could either be Val the Octopus' yo-yos, Boots' banana crown or both. Luckily, Boots declares to stop him with the audience and Dora anyway of not ruining the special day.
    • The thing that Swiper would swipe being unknown previously happened in Bouncing Ball (the first time only) and Lost Map.
  • When Boots first talks about visiting his dad saying "My favorite thing in the whole world is to visit my daddy at work!", his tail can be shown so it can look like he has two tails.

Number of stars[]


Explorer Star[]


Dora the Explorer Season 3
The Lost City | Star Catcher | Stuck Truck | Roberto the Robot | ¡Por Favor! | Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! | Save the Puppies! | The Big Potato | What Happens Next? | The Fix-it Machine | Meet Diego! | Baby Dino | Baseball Boots | Boots' Special Day | Boo! | Dora Saves the Game | The Super Silly Fiesta | Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur | Job Day | Louder! | ABC Animals | Dora's Pirate Adventure | Dora Had a Little Lamb | Best Friends | Journey to the Purple Planet | To the South Pole
* - Denotes held-back episode
** - Denotes held-up episode