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Disney's Playhouse Preschool Time Online

updated 05:45 pm EDT, Wed September 26, 2007

Disney's new learning app

Disney Online today released Playhouse Preschool Time Online for Mac, a learning-based broadband subscription service for preschool-age children that features popular characters from the Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney programming block. The software was developed in conjunction with education experts, according to Disney, with the intent of offering a safe ad-free environment full of interactive experiences to encourage learning through play. The application is structured with personalized lessons, and updates every two weeks with new games and puzzles for children to solve. Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online's puzzles, games, and various learning activities are led by Playhouse Disney characters who provide feedback and encouragement. The software is available for $10 per month or $50 for a year's subscription.

by MacNN Staff




  1. xoch

    Joined: Dec 1969



    fall for this. Since becoming a parent, I have no trust in anything "educational" sold by Disney. Everything with their crass, condescending characters is a smear on childhood. A cursory look at the introduction of this service shows the same tone and gaudy, commercial c*** as always. I wish Steve Jobs had more influence with this hopeless, shameless corporate cynic.

  1. Westchase

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dangerous Security

    WARNING: Disney's Preschool Time Online ("PTO") is very frustrating to install properly on a Windows XP computer where your child will NOT have Administrator priviledges (as they should never have).

    I think it's a disgrace to see such poor workmanship, one that lacks a user-friendly interface, for such an enterprise as Disney. Clearly Disney has the funds to offer better online services. Parents who are considering joining Disney's PTO should be aware of these shortfalls and lack of clearly worded disclaimers, especially since Disney "forgot" to mention them to the unsuspecting parent prior to purchase and/or installation.

    I am very dismayed to say the least. It doesn't appear that enough consideration for the security of the child or parent (owner) went into this product. Otherwise, it would not have been designed to suggest or allow a child to be an administrator of the pc. That suggestion is simply preposterous, since it grants total and complete authority to the child in every aspect of the word and their online experience.

    Full review is here:

  1. Westchase

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dangerous security

    Link from my prior post:

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