Dora Saves Fairytale Land
Going To The Giant's Cave
Airdate Tuesday, June 2, 2015 (DVD)
Sunday, July 7, 2019 (TV)
Season 8
Episode 20
15 (US airings)
Previous Outside US: Dora's Night Light Adventure

US airings: Dora's Super Soccer Showdown

Next Outside US: N/A
US airings of Dora the Explorer: Dora's Night Light Adventure

Dora Saves Fairytale Land is the last TV special and the series finale of Dora the Explorer prior to Into the City being made and "Let's Go to Music School" got produced and broadcasted in the United States. It is also the 20th episode (15th in the US) of Season 8, and a sequel to "Dora's Fairytale Adventure".

Characters present


Dora and Boots return to Fairytale Land to help the King and Queen when Fairytale Land was losing its magic. To save the Ivy Brick Wall, they needed to get magical water, but it‘s surrounded by all the villains from the different fairytales. Will Dora and Boots save Fairytale Land?


The wizard with his missing piece

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  1. Windy Forest
  2. The Giant's Cave
  3. Dragon Flowers
  4. Sparkling Lake



  • This episode is a sequel to "Dora's Fairytale Adventure".
  • This is the only post-Season 4 double-length episode to use the standard opening sequence.
  • This episode was initially released as a DVD exclusive in June 2015, but was held back on television in the United States until July 7, 2019 in Dora's Magical Movie Night on Nickelodeon, over four years after its premiere, to commemorate the release of Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
  • Although it aired on DVD in 2015 and on TV in 2019, it was actually produced in 2014, according to the credits.
  • The Travel Song is not featured in this episode, Dora and Boots will no longer sing it again until Dora and Friends: Into the City! episode "Return to the Rainforest" with new lyrics and different instrumentals.
  • Isa, Benny and Tico don’t appear in this episode.
  • There are several different antagonists in this episode such as the Witch, El Mago, the Big Bad WolfSwiper and the Mean Giant.
    • This is the final Dora the Explorer episode in which Dora and Boots successfully stop Swiper since they were unable to stop him in the previous episode "Dora's Night Light Adventure", they finally had their chance in this episode.
    • This is the the second and last episode featuring the Witch from “Dora's Fairytale Adventure”, who's technically Swiper's replacement antagonist, however, both of them appear in this episode.
      • The Witch‘s wand however is no longer anthropomorphic and her silly broomstick doesn’t have his tooth sticking out.
    • This is the second and last episode featuring El Mago from the Season 1 episode Te Amo, who’s technically Swiper's replacement antagonist, however, both of them appear in this episode.
  • Interestingly, back in the episodes "What Happens Next?", "Dora's Fairytale Adventure" and "Super Babies Dream Adventure", there actually was a Giant (commonly known as the Giant-Giant) that appeared before the Mean Giant.
    • However, unlike the Mean Giant, the Giant-Giant was actually very friendly and more kinder with both Dora and Boots. The Giant-Giant started out mean in the episode What Happens Next?, but after Dora and Boots used their imaginations to change his attitude right away to happy and positive, he became much more friendly with everyone and remained that way in all of his later appearances. The Giant-Giant is also slightly bigger than the Mean Giant in terms of size.
    • Based on their respective personalities, the Mean Giant is probably based off of the giant from the English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, whereas the much friendlier Giant-Giant is probably based off of Paul Bunyan from the American folklore of the same name.
    • The Mean Giant is wearing a shirt with the number 80 on it.
  • Despite this episode being called a sequel to the original, this episode contains two inconsistencies that don't add up to the original.
    • In "Dora's Fairytale Adventure", the Witch ended up loosing her powers and would never be seen again, but in this episode, her powers are restored and has returned to Fairytale Land, with no backstory on how that happened. Additionally, as mentioned above, Wand is no longer anthropomorphic.
    • One of the Dwarves (specifically the Worried Dwarf) had wrinkles on his face in "Dora's Fairytale Adventure", making him look a bit older. But in this episode, his wrinkles on his face are gone, making him look more younger.
  • Dora makes her hair grow just like in "Dora's Fairytale Adventure" which makes her look like Rapunzel.
    • However, unlike in "Dora's Fairytale Adventure", Dora hair completely reverts back to its normal length upon the magic wearing off.
  • This is the only episode in which Dora and Boots's life jackets are dark orange instead of yellow.
  • This is the last episode of the series by initial release date.
  • This is the final Dora the Explorer episode in which Dora and Boots sing "We Did It!". They’ll later sing a new version of it with elements from "All for One" in Dora and Friends: Into the City! episodes Return to the Rainforest and Dora's Rainforest Reunion.
  • The DVD premiered exactly 9 years after Baby Jaguar's Roar premiered.
  • This is the first episode to premiere in 2019 (in the US).


  • When Dora wound up the music box prior to do the Giant Dance, Dora forgot to open it, nor did it open by itself, and everyone ended up dancing it with the box closed, but with the music still coming out of it.


Dora the Explorer Season 8
Dora & Perrito to the Rescue | Puppies Galore | Catch That Shape Train | Kittens in Mittens | Dora's Great Roller Skate Adventure | Verde's Birthday Party | Dora & Sparky's Riding Adventure | Dora's Rainforest Talent Show | Dora & Diego in the Time of Dinosaurs | Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular | Riding the Roller Coaster Rocks | Dora In Wonderland | Dora's Museum Sleepover Adventure | Dora's Super Soccer Showdown | Dora and the Very Sleepy Bear | Let's Go to Music School | Dora's Fairy Godmother Rescue | Dora's Animalito Adventure | Dora's Night Light Adventure | Dora Saves Fairytale Land
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