First Day of School
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Airdate Sunday, September 7, 2008
Season 5
Episode 1
Previous Dora Saves the Mermaids
Next The Backpack Parade
First Day of School is the 1st episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 5.

Characters present


Boots and Tico are looking forward to their first day of school, where they'll learn in both English and Spanish. Dora leads them to school, but along the way, Swiper steals their lunches.


The wizard with his missing piece

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  • This the 13th episode where Dora doesn't use Backpack.
  • This episode is similar to "Back to School is Cool".
  • This episode premiered the same day as "Pinky Thinky Doo".
  • Starting with this episode onward, Valerie Walsh is now credited as Valerie Walsh Valdes.
  • Starting with this episode, Dave Wigforss is now credited as David Wigforss.
  • This is the 102nd episode of the show.
  • Camilla makes her 1st appearance of the show.
  • This is the first episode of Season 5.
  • This is the 1st episode to premiere in 2008.
  • This is the 1st episode featuring a new voice actor for Dora, Boots, Backpack and Tico. The characters were recast due to the age of the original child actors.
  • Swiper bravely manages to swipe items of two characters at once (Boots' and Tico's).
  • Boots mentions that Swiper was going to swipe Boots' and Tico's lunchboxes, but Swiper actually swiped their lunches instead.
  • From now on at the introduction and at the end of the episode, there will be a fade in and fade out effect.
  • The Blue Cursor will no longer click on Dora at the end of the episode from now on.
  • Dora's same face is from Go, Diego, Go!, Dora's Dance to the Rescue, Dora's World Adventure and Dora Saves the Mermaids.
  • For most of this season until Season 6, Map's dance from "I'm the Map" will often be the one recycled from Dora's World Adventure!.
  • Starting with this episode, an instrumental version of the main theme song introduced from Season 3 plays at the end of the show.
  • Starting with this episode, the show is using Nickelodeon logos instead of the Nick Jr logos from now on.
  • The introduction received minor changes. Since the star catching portions have been dropped, all clips relating to explorer stars were removed. A rainbow appears in place of the explorer stars at the beginning, no explorer stars follow behind Tico's car and clips from Dora Saves the GameDora Saves the Snow Princess and Benny's Big Race replace the ones from Stuck Truck and Louder!. However the clips from The Lost City and Meet Diego! are still featured. Finally, no Nick Jr. logo (later the new Nickelodeon logo) appears above the show's logo at the end.
  • This is the first episode the original cast does not sing the Dora The Explorer Theme Song since it's their departure time. This would be the first episode where the theme song vocals are changed. This would happen again later in the episode Swiper's Favorite Things
  • This is the first episode not to feature the original end credits with Character Find from now on, instead it shows four clouds with clips from previous episodes and they will be used in every new episode, including movies, from now on.
    • This is the first episode since Grandma's House to use the Comic Sans MS font during the credits.
    • The new credits style is very similar to the one used in Go, Diego, Go!.
  • Dora does not appear as the first character at the beginning, instead Boots and Tico appear as the first characters and she does not introduce herself to the viewer either.
  • Tico can talk some English in this episode because Boots says he is going to teach him some English at school.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song in this episode, they instead sing about going to school and learning English and Spanish.
  • Isa and Benny do not appear in this episode and they're the only ones not to go to school, however, even if Benny does not, his old voice actor Jake Burbage is leaving and he will be voiced by Matt Gumley on Seasons 5-8.
  • This episode premiered on Nickelodeon instead of Nick Jr.


Dora the Explorer Season 5
First Day of School | The Backpack Parade | Benny's Big Race | Isa's Unicorn Flowers | Dora's Jack-in-the-Box | Bark, Bark to Play Park | Dora Saves the Snow Princess | The Mayan Adventure | Bouncy Boots | The Big Red Chicken's Magic Show | Dora Saves Three Kings Day | Benny's Treasure | Dora Saves the Three Little Pigs | Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom | The Super Babies Dream Adventure | Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure | Dora Helps the Birthday Wizzle | Pirate Treasure Hunt | Boots' Banana Wish | Dora's Big Birthday Adventure
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