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In raising a pair of young girls and serving as publisher of this website, I find myself constantly trying to center the teeter-totter that rides a line between educational and entertaining. Ideally, the majority of the programming that they watch regularly will be somewhere near that middle point, completely making learning fun. Disney Junior's MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE definitely brings the fun, and with it's latest DVD collection, AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE WORLD, introduces young audiences (2+) to the idea of countries and cultures well beyond our own.

Packed complete with a passport that includes postcards, stickers, and info on France, Italy, Egypt and China, AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE WORLD taps into that classic Disney message that "it's a small world," as Mickey and the gang literally make their way around the clubhouse... "world," for adventures with mystical dragons and ancient riddles, breaking out a variety of Mousketools, and breaking the fourth wall to ask the little viewers for help.

The passport itself is a cool thing, as grownups watching along can "stamp" the passport with the included stickers on each stop if they choose. In addition to the feature presentation, there's four additional episodes included, a random selection plucked from the show's four-season run.


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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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