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Return to the Rainforest
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Airdate September 18, 2015
Season 1
Episode 19
Written by Chris Gifford
Previous Kate's Book
Next Trick or Treat

Return to the Rainforest is the 19th episode of Dora and Friends in season 1.

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Dora visits her old home in the rainforest and reunites with her old friends, including Boots, Benny, Isa, Tico and even Swiper, and plans a mission to save Backpack and Map.


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The episode starts with Dora and her friends having a party.

Locations on Map in his segment



  • The Travel Song gets reused with different lyrics that were never seen on Dora the Explorer. They don't say the places to go, but they still ask "Where are we going?" and clap their hands three times, then they answer "Rainforest" as their destination, it is also sung with different instrumentals than the version from Dora the Explorer, it is also the only Dora and Friends: Into the City! episode and the final episode featuring it.
  • All of Dora's friends did not age in the reboot. However in episode Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure all the characters had aged in the future scene.
  • The characters from Dora the Explorer appear for their first episode in Dora and Friends: Into the City.
  • "All for One" and "We Did It!" (from Dora the Explorer) get combined into one. The lyrics starts off with "We did it together, all for one" and the tune still concludes with "Together all for one, that's how we got it done. We helped out everyone, all for one".
  • As a result of the events of this episode, Dora's friends Backpack and Map from Dora the Explorer join the cast of Dora and Friends: Into the City! along with Bud, a young flower who comes from Isa's garden.
  • If one looks closely, when Backpack is ripped open, a Slinky is seen among her items.
  • This is the first episode where Dora actually calls Boots "Buddy".
  • This is the first time seeing Boots very upset for losing Backpack and Map.
  • Map, Swiper and the Fiesta Trio are still voiced by Marc Weiner even in this reboot, they are still the only ones not to have new voice actors.
  • The Blue Cursor isn't involved in this episode to click on things or the reboot.
  • The Fiesta Trio are the only ones not to appear in this episode with everyone or at all in this reboot, however, they make a cameo appearance and still sing with Map.
  • Though Swiper swiped Backpack and Map (off-screen), he is on his good side in this episode as he joins Dora and her friends to retrieve Backpack and Map.
  • When Swiper looks at Dora's special bracelet, it almost looked like he was wanting to swipe it but he doesn't, he instead just comments on her bracelet and gives her the idea of using it to help Backpack in trouble.
  • The Blue Cursor isn’t involved in this episode or part of the reunion.
  • Dora got to see her old house in the rainforest while she’s flying in Benny's hot air balloon and she still calls it home.
  • During the sleepover scene, Benny suggested Boots to tell Pablo about the time he turned into a potato, something that happened in the Dora the Explorer episode "The Big Potato".
  • Dora mentions and talks about all the great things everyone has had in the present and past which is technically her adventures from previous episodes and from Dora the Explorer.
  • When Swiper talks about not swiping Map and Backpack, Pablo, Boots, and Benny mention about the big wind, which was in past episodes.
  • This episode aired exactly 1 year after Dora Saves Opera Land premiered.
  • Boots didn't grow up much in this episode.
  • A book called "Boots and Dora Forever!" is based on this episode.
  • The Bobo Brothers (from Go, Diego, Go!) do not appear in this episode, and not until For the Birds.


  • The "Where are we going?" followed by "Rainforest" as the answer may be a reference to the Dora the Explorer episode "Hide and Go Seek".
  • For a split second, Dora’s shoe colour changes.
  • This is the penultimate episode to the season finale.

Dora and Friends Season 1
Doggie Day! | We Have a Pirate Ship! | The Royal Ball | The Magic Ring | Dance Party | Magic Land! | Dora Saves Opera Land | Puppet Theater | Mystery of the Magic Horses | The Search for Mono | Buddy Race | Dora in Clock Land | Magical Mermaid Adventure | Puppy Princess Rescue | We Save the Music | S'more Camping | Dragon in the School | Kate's Book | Return to the Rainforest | Trick or Treat