Birthday cake
Airdate Monday, November 6, 2000
Season 1
Episode 13
Previous Grandma's House
Next Sticky Tape
Surprise! is the 13th episode of Dora the Explorer from season 1.

Characters present


Dora plans a big surprise birthday party for her best friend Boots.


Dora is planning a surprise birthday bash for Boots. She has a banana birthday cake in a yellow box with a blue bow. Boots cannot wait to get there and it is at Dora's house. Map tells them to go up the stairs, across a troll bridge to get to the party at Dora's House. But there were lots of obstacles that get in their way. As Dora and Boots try to climb the stairs, they hear chickens. They race down and Dora and Boots get out of their way and when the chickens left, they got buried in a heap of chicken feathers. They shake them loose and tried again. But now they got to take cover of a galloping horse and Boots left the box on the step. So Dora and Boots had to tell Caballito to wait before he steps on the box. Boots retrieves his cake box and Caballito apologizes and said that he did not know Boots' cake box was on the step. So, they said goodbye to Caballito and at last made it up the stairs. Later, Dora and Boots hear Swiper the Fox, and Dora informs Boots that he might swipe his birthday cake. Then, Swiper accidentally steals the cake, hides it and he runs away. Boots is panicked that he loses his birthday cake again, so Dora calms him down to tell him that they can find it. Boots thinks that there are so many places it could be. Dora tells that the cake box is square and the color of yellow, and they find yellow square things. Boots is happy that he got his birthday cake back again. Now, Dora and Boots had to answer a troll's riddle before going across his bridge. They sang Feliz Cumpleaños to the troll and got him to dance. While Dora and Boots got across the troll bridge and made it to Dora's House, Boots had to wait outside while Dora went inside her house and sees that Benny, Isa and Tico were here. They needed 6 party hats and 6 goody bags. Dora and her friends do the surprise jump to surprise Boots, he was surprised that he saw balloons, goody bags, a piñata, birthday presents, party games and more. Boots opened the piñata and his friends sang Feliz Cumpleaños to him and he had a great birthday.


  1. Dora The Explorer Theme Song
  2. Backpack, Backpack
  3. Feliz Cumpleaños
  4. I'm The Map
  5. Feliz Cumpleaños (Reprise #1)
  6. Feliz Cumpleaños (Reprise #2)
  7. The Grumpy Old Troll
  8. Feliz Cumpleaños (Reprise #3/Finale)
  9. We Did It!

Places in this episode


  • Boots' friends sang "Feliz Cumpleaños" for his birthday.
  • "Feliz Cumpleaños" is the Spanish phrase for "Happy Birthday".
  • This episode reveals Dora's last name: Marquez.
  • This is the first time that Benny, Isa and Tico are at Dora's House.
  • This is the 13th episode of the show.
  • Footage of this episode was used in one of Jimmy Kimmel's segments of Unnecessary Censorship:
  • This is the first episode for the credits to have a different font style.
  • Dora and Boots had to find Boots' cake in the area where the viewer is asked to find Benny.
  • Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song differently and it's played differently too, they don't ask the question "Where are we going?", they instead sing Feliz Cumpleaños Happy Birthday song.
  • out of Three Little Piggies, Big River, Berry Hunt, Wizzle Wishes, and Grandma's House, Dora and Boots have always stopped Swiper from stealing and swiping from them and he was always too late but in this episode, he finally got to.
  • Dora and Boots should've told Swiper that it's Boots' birthday and not to swipe on his birthday.
  • This is the first episode Dora's House is the last place as the destination but it's actually called and referred to Party House.

Character Find

Swiper The Fox

International premieres

  • November 8, 2000 (Latin America)
  • November 15, 2000 (Portugal)
  • February 14, 2001 (Spain)
  • April 3, 2001 (Brazil)

Dora the Explorer Season 1
The Legend of the Big Red Chicken | Lost and Found | Hic-Boom-Ohhh! | Beaches | We All Scream for Ice Cream | Choo-Choo! | Treasure Island | Three Little Piggies | Big River | Berry Hunt | Wizzle Wishes | Grandma's House | Surprise! | Sticky Tape | Bouncing Ball | Backpack | Bugga Bugga | Fish Out of Water | Little Star | Dora Saves the Prince | El Coquí | The Chocolate Tree | To The Treehouse | Te Amo | Pablo's Flute | Call Me Mr. Riddles