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"King for a Day" is the thirty-first episode of the Disney Junior animated series, Sofia the First. It premiered on June 27, 2014, and is the seventh episode of the second season.


The royal family is having pancakes for breakfast when James turns up riding on wheeled shoes that he calls “Rolling Wheely Shoes” and states that he plans to give everyone a pair when he becomes King. Roland tells his son that there is more to being King than just having fun, it’s about being responsibile, and Miranda adds it's also about being generous, brave and polite. James feels so sure he's all those things, Roland decides to make him King for the Day while he and Miranda go to the Ever Golden Glades to do some Phoenix watching.


Roland crowns James King For The Day.

Before leaving, Roland places a crown James's head making him “King James for the Day.” Amber decides to go with her parents since she thinks James is going to make a mess of everything and will make sure their father gets back in time to see it and make him wish he should have made her Queen For The Day first.

After Roland, Miranda and Amber leave, everyone heads to the Throne Room where Baileywick presents James’ Royal Duties: Approve a thousand documents by reading them first, choose a new coat of arms for the Royal Scribes, find a way to get the castle servants' jobs done faster and deal with an old abandoned house in the village. Just then, Ruby and Jade show up saying there is a sleeping giant in a cave near the village and his snoring is keeping everyone awake at night. Seeing how difficult it is being King, James isn't sure he can handle it but Sofia manages to encourage him to come up with creative ideas to solve all these problems. Using a pogo-stick, James stamps the documents in no time and has Cedric magically give the servants Rolling Wheely Shoes, helping them move faster around the castle and getting their jobs done in no time. With his confidence built up, James decides to be the King of Fun and makes Sofia his Royal Adviser. Meanwhile, Roland and Miranda have arrived at the Ever Golden Glades and already spot a Phoenix. Just when Miranda gets the chance to draw it, Amber calls out so loud for them she scares the Phoenix causing it to burn up but it rises from the ashes and flies away. Amber tries to convince her father that making James King was a bad idea and he might make a mess of everything but Miranda is confident that James is doing fine.

James and the others arrive at the village and instantly hear the snoring giant with Sofia stating "No wonder no one's getting any sleep." James decides to throw a party to cheer up the sleepy villagers and turn the old house into gingerbread and the pond into chocolate milk. Sofia feels these ideas will make more problems but James is sure of himself. Soon, the village is full of loud music, food, games and everyone is having a good time but it still hasn't stopped the giant's snoring. So James orders to have the music louder but the giant’s snoring can still be heard. When James decides on having Cedric conjure fireworks, Sofia, Jade, Ruby and Cedric are all against it as that could wake the giant up, but James doesn't listen and tells Cedric to do it. With the wave of his wand, Cedric launches the biggest, brightest, and loudest fireworks across the sky.


Running from a baby giant.

Unfortunately, the loud noise of the fireworks wakes up a baby giant who heads for the village stomping and crying. Everyone runs to the gingerbread house for shelter. As the baby giant starts tearing the gingerbread house down, everyone turns to James as he’s the King but James feels he can’t solve this problem and throws away his crown. Sofia tells her big brother one of the hard facts about being King: It's not about having fun, it's about doing what's best for the Kingdom and being a good leader. James finally comes to see he got carried away with being King and thanks to her help they come up with a way of putting the baby giant to sleep by giving him a bedtime snack using the gingerbread walls and the chocolate milk pond. While everyone makes preparations, James gets the baby giant to chase him back to his cave while riding his pogo-stick. They reach the cave and as soon as the baby giant sees his snack, he immediately helps himself and with the help of a lullaby played by the village musicians, the baby tiredly heads back to the cave and goes back to sleep. Just then, Roland, Miranda and Amber return from Phoenix watching just in time to hear what has been happening. Roland is very proud to hear how Sofia and James handled the baby giant and next time promises to make Sofia Queen For The Day, much to Amber’s fury. After having Cedric magically create a huge door to the cave silencing the baby giant’s snoring, the Royal Family heads home to find the servants still wearing Rolling Wheely Shoes.




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  • This episode is Jade and Ruby's first appearance in the second season.
  • This is the second episode to introduce giants, the first was in the episode "Great Aunt-Venture".
  • This is also the second time Cedric is praised for being a good sorcerer.
  • The Ever Golden Glades was mentioned in the lyrics of the kingdom's anthem in the seventeenth episode.
  • This is the third time Sofia becomes someone's supporting assistant, The first was in "Cedric's Apprentice" and the second was in "Great Aunt-Venture" when she became Tilly's travelling companion.
  • This is the sixth time Sofia re-visits the village.
  • Moral: the most important quality a leader must have is sense of responsibility.

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Shows: Sofia the First | Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess | Elena and the Secret of Avalor | Videography
Music: Songs and Story | Sofia the First (Soundtrack) | Sofia the First: Songs From Enchancia | Disney Junior DJ Shuffle | Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2
Books: Disney Junior Storybook Collection | Disney Junior Little Golden Book Library | Sofia the First | The Floating Palace | Holiday in Enchancia | Princesses to the Rescue! | The Curse of Princess Ivy | The Secret Library | Elena and the Secret of Avalor | The Perfect Tea Party | Bunny Magic! | Sofia the Second | The Royal Slumber Party | The Halloween Ball | The Amulet and the Anthem | The Royal Games | Sofia's Magic Lesson | The Enchanted Science Fair | A Magical Match | Me and Our Mom | Mystic Isles


Princess Sofia | Queen Miranda | King Roland II | Prince James | Princess Amber | Princess Hildegard | Cedric the Sorcerer | Wormwood | Baileywick | Robin | Mia | Clover | Whatnaught | Goodwyn the Great | Winifred the Wise | Jade | Ruby Hanshaw | Princess Clio | Princess Maya | Princess Lakshmi | Prince Zandar | Princess Jun | Prince Hugo | Minimus | Princess Vivian | Crackle | Queen Cecily | Gnarlie | Trolls | Teeny | Ginger | Mrs. Higgins | King Magnus | Nigel | Lucinda | Princess Leena | Prince Jin | Magic Carpet | Jasper | Constable Myles | Prince Khalid | Meg and Peg | Boswell | Madam Ubetcha | Prince Desmond | Miss Nettle | Sir Gillium | Professor Popov | Helen Hanshaw | Oona | Queen Emmaline | Cora | Plank | Aunt Tilly | Wilbur the Wombeast | Admiral Hornpipe | Sven | Farley | Lulu | Emperor Quon | Empress Lin-Lin | Rex | Rosey | Prince Axel | King Garrick | Electra | Vaughan and Vance | Ogre | Marla | Sir Bartleby | Sir Maxwell | Sir Finnegan | Queen Anya | Gwen | Chef Andre | Sofia the Worst | Lady Joy | Lord Gilbert | Wu-Chang | Jade Jaguar | Sir Dax | Boo | Princess Lani | Mamanu | Kamea and Halia | Praline | Freedo | Princess Zooey | Queen Avery | Princess Astrid | Slickwell | Greylock the Grand | Princess Ivy | Dragons of Enchancia | Winter | Whiskers | Glacia the Ice Witch | Hexie | Director Dove | Elliot, Amy and Kurt | Tizzy | Master Erwin | Bryce Twigley | Button, Benngee and Brody | Mossy | Carol of the Arrow | Jane | Princess Kari | Miss Elodie | Fluke | Slim | Shelly | Flip | Mantacorn | Onyx and Opal | Wendell Fidget | Mrs. Fidget | Saffron | Muck, Gunk and Grime | Spruce | Ballerina | Mazzimo | Prince Roderick | Gavin | Kazeem | Sergeant Fizz | King Habib and Queen Farnaz | Chief Gnuckles | Flinch | Grotta | Queen Tessa | King Oberlyn | King Marcus | Herb the Hedgehog | Duncan and Herb | Elfonso | Elfred | Milo the Snake | Prince Derek | Sir Henley | King Henrik | Cordelia the Conjuror | Calista | Morgana | Crispy | Barley | Sassofras | Professor Zacharias Fleeber | Grand Mum | Gemina and Argus | Count Barnstorm | Raja Vijay | Sir Oliver | Sir Jaxon | Willawing | King of Brazendell | Kai | Princess Charlotte | Morris | Zinessa | King Philip and Queen Everly | Lily | Indigo | Marty and Maple | Mandy | Grimtrix | Wriggley, Pumpkin and Chester | Skye
Elena of Avalor: Princess Elena | Princess Isabel | Francisco | Luisa | Shuriki | Alacazar | Zuzo | Mateo | Migs, Luna and Skylar | Rafa | Chancellor Esteban | Naomi Turner | Armando | King Raul and Queen Lucia
Guest Characters: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Cinderella | Jasmine | Magic Carpet | Belle | Ariel | Aurora | Snow White | Mulan | Rapunzel | Tiana | Merida | Olaf | Merlin


Season One: "Just One of the Princes" | "The Big Sleepover" | "Let the Good Times Troll" | "Cedric's Apprentice" | "A Royal Mess" | "The Shy Princess" | "Blue Ribbon Bunny" | "The Princess Test" | "Baileywick's Day Off" | "Tri-Kingdom Picnic" | "The Little Witch" | "Two to Tangu" | "Finding Clover" | "The Amulet of Avalor" | "The Buttercups" | "Make Way for Miss Nettle" | "The Amulet and the Anthem " | "Tea for Too Many" | "Princess Butterfly" | "Great Aunt-Venture" | "The Baker King" | "The Floating Palace" | "Holiday in Enchancia" | "Four's a Crowd"
Season Two: "Two Princesses and a Baby" | "The Enchanted Feast" | "The Flying Crown" | "Mom's the Word" | "The Silent Knight" | "Enchanted Science Fair" | "King for a Day" | "When You Wish Upon a Well" | "Gizmo Gwen" | "Sofia the Second" | "Mystic Meadows" | "Princesses to the Rescue!" | "Ghostly Gala" | "The Emerald Key" | "Scrambled Pets" | "The Princess Stays in the Picture" | "Baileywhoops" | "The Curse of Princess Ivy" | "Winter's Gift" | "The Leafsong Festival" | "Substitute Cedric" | "Clover Time" | "In a Tizzy" | "A Tale of Two Teams" | "The Littlest Princess" | "Buttercup Amber" | "Carol of the Arrow" | "Sidekick Clio"
Season Three: "Cool Hand Fluke" | "Minimus is Missing" | "Cedric Be Good" | "Princess Adventure Club" | "Minding the Manor" | "The Secret Library" | "New Genie on the Block" | "The Fliegel Has Landed" | "The Princess Ballet" | "All the Sprite Moves" | "Sofia in Elvenmoor" | "Stormy Lani" | "Lord of the Rink" | "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle" | "Gone with the Wand" | "Bad Little Dragon" | "Bunny Swap" | "Her Royal Spyness" | "Best in Air Show" | "Dads and Daughters Day" | "The Tale of the Noble Knight" | "The Bamboo Kite" | "Beauty is the Beast" | "Cauldronation Day" | "Camp Wilderwood" | "Royal Vacation" | "Hexley Hall" | "The Princess Prodigy" | "One for the Books"
Season Four: "The Mystic Isles"


Theme Song | I'm Not Ready to Be a Princess | Royal Prep | A Little Bit of Food | True Sisters | Rise and Shine | Princess Things | Anything | Perfect Slumber Party | Make Some Noise | Cedric the Great | Goldenwing Circus | All You Need | Blue Ribbon Bunny | I Belong | (You Can Always) Count On Baileywick | Picnic of the Year | Good Little Witch | The Ride of Your Lives | Bring My Best Friend Back | I'll Get My/That Amulet | The Buttercups | Make Way for Miss Nettle | Enchancia Anthem | Make It Right | Bigger Is Better | Who's That? | A Recipe for Adventure | The Simple Life | Merroway Cove | The Love We Share | Wassailia | Peace and Joy | Royal Fun | Sisters and Brothers | Two by Two | All You Desire | Huzzah! Huzzah! | Me and My Mom | Tilly, Oh Tilly | Friendship Is The Formula | Be Your Own King | Make Your Wishes Well | Believe in Your Dream | Keeping Promises No Matter What | Mystic Meadows | Stronger Than You Know | The Ghostly Gala | A Princess True | In Your Paws | Know It All | Helping Hand | A Kingdom of My Own | Smoke, Wings and Fire | Dare to Risk it All | From the Heart | I Feel So Free | Never Forget The Sorcerer's Secret | Hoppin' Out With You | Make Our Dreams Come True | Play With Us | It's a Small New World | Improvise | Any Deed For Those In Need | My First Flight | Wings of a Dream | Moment to Shine | Wendell's Way | A Better Me | When It Comes To Making Friends | It's Up To You | Do I Dare | Genie Rules | This Fliegel Has Landed | Gotta Reach a Higher Height | I Like You So Much | Elvenmoor | Happy Thoughts | Take A Leap | My Finest Flower | Magic Like Merlin | You're the Cutest Thing | Living It Up | Be an Expert Expert | I'm A New Horse Now | Dads and Daughters Song | A Knight Such As I | This Panda Just Wants to Dance | More to Adore | The Broomstick Dance | The Summer Camp Blues | What A Vacation | The Great Unknown | The Spirit of Avalor | My Time | Our Wizards Are the Best


Enchancia | Trolls' Grotto | Royal Preparatory Academy | Tangu | Merroway Cove | Wei-Ling | Mystic Meadows | Wildwing Valley | The Secret Library | Elvenmoor | Hakalo | Freezenburg | Enchanted Animal Park‎‎ | Avalor | Dragon Hold | Maru | Hexley Hall


Amulet of Avalor | Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag | Enchanted Mirror | Floating Palace | Trident | Mermaid Comb of Merroway Cove | Enchanted Swing Set | Wishing Well | Emerald Key | Pin of Klutzenheimer | Flying Crown | Family Wand | Ice Lilies | Dazzleball | Snowdrops | Dragonclaw Wand | Kazeem's Lamp | Behind the Walls | Shuriki's Wand

See Also

Elena of Avalor | Buttercups | Spells and Magic | Jaquins

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