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Disney is nearly synonymous with family activities. Like movies. And movie nights at home. And binging the Mandalorian. But sometimes you want a family activity that doesn’t involve a screen. These Disney board games offer a range of options for family activities beyond the TV room or theater.
These are games that have been around for decades. Your parents might have played them in their original form. But anything with that staying power tells you that it must be good.
A variation on the classic whodunnit game, Clue: Disney Villains Edition Game lets you be a bit dastardly. Don’t worry, there’s no murder involved with this one. Pick one of Disney’s greatest villains and try to steal all of the magic. But one of you has an extra secret…
This one is great for families with younger children or any fan of the classics. Disney Parks Candyland Theme Park Edition Game is the Candyland game we all know, but with a fun, Disney theme added in.
Fans of the parks will love Disney Parks Exclusive – Game of Life Theme Park Edition. Instead of trying to live a worthwhile life and retire, this one sees you trying to have a successful Disney vacation at the Park.
Good old Trouble. Easy enough for the younger ones, but with enough depth that older players can enjoy it as well. Trouble: Bluey Edition Board Game offers up an experience that young to old can enjoy.
If you think about it, the game Operation is just a little bit morbid. Maybe that’s why the Operation Disney The Nightmare Before Christmas Board Game is so perfect. All the gameplay you know, but with characters who fit the theme. Maybe a little too well.
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Sometimes simple is best. These are games that are small on setup, but not fun!
Everyone playing Hedbanz looks just a bit silly, and that’s the magic. It encourages giggles and smiles all around. And with Disney Hedbanz, 2nd Edition, you can guess which Disney character you are; but everyone else playing already knows. It’s all about getting it right before anyone guesses theirs.
Meme the Game, Disney Version has a super basic concept, but with lots of variety. You choose a standard Meme text, then pair it with a picture of a Disney character. The best combo wins that round, and then you all go again.
All the games in the “classics” category were new once. These are newer games that are likely to be the classics of a future generation. Definitely worth your time.
Is there someone in your family who loves to argue and debate? In other words, a teenager? Disney Apples to Apples Game is the game for them. Players take turns picking a category or situation, and the other players choose which of their cards fits it best. But the real fun starts when you find yourself trying to convince everyone that “Kissing a Frog” really is the most graceful thing you can do.
Codenames is a bit hard to describe. You really have to play it a couple of times to get the idea. But you have a range of characters, and you try to choose codewords that help your team successfully identify which ones are yours. Codenames Disney Family Edition adds recognizable favorite characters to this gameplay for an experience that is loads of fun.
This game is all about choosing powers that will beat your opponents and leave only you standing when the dust clears. But they can team up against you any time they like. Partnerships will form, dissolve, or be broken, sometimes in the course of a single turn. Simply put, Munchkin: Disney Card Game is a blast.
These games fall a little outside the lines of the traditional board game. But different doesn’t mean bad; just ask Lilo. These are games to reach for when you feel like trying something new.
Based on the mobile game, Disney Sorcerer’s Arena: Epic Alliances Core Set | Strategy Board Game is a squad-based battle game. You form your team, fight battles, and choose extra powers and buffs to try to come out ahead.
You may well know someone who remembers these. You might even be that person. But for a time, the Tiger Electronics games represent the pinnacle of mobile gaming. Hasbro Gaming Tiger Electronics Disney’s The Little Mermaid Electronic LCD Video Game, Retro-Inspired Edition is sure to conjure up fond memories for some or help create memories for others.
Sure, princesses are great. And Hiro, Miguel, and Aladdin are all very capable. But who hasn’t always suspected that a Tinkerbell and Lumiere team-up could’ve handled anything a villain could throw at them? Disney Sidekicks Cooperative Strategy Board Game lets you do just that. Cooperatively try to take down Disney villains, but only using the loveable sidekicks of the films.
How well do you know your Disney movies? No, this isn’t a trivia game; sort of. Maybe you can name just exactly how many Snarfblatts Ariel had in her collection. But can you identify the color of her oldest sister’s hair? Disney Colorbrain, The Ultimate Board Game for Families who Love Disney asks you to prove your knowledge of Disney characters by identifying the colors of things. And it’s more challenging than it seems.
A longstanding member of the gaming industry, Ravensburger is maybe most well-known for its 3-D foam puzzles. But they have a wide range of family activities including, most importantly, board games.
Ravensburger World of Disney Eye Found It Card Game is another simple concept. Pick a card, and scour familiar Disney scenes to spot that object. Whoever finds it first wins the point. But it’s amazing how quickly everyone gets into the game.
Based on a favorite Disney Parks ride, Ravensburger Disney Jungle Cruise Adventure Game sees you braving the jungle while trying to keep your boat afloat. Who will reach the end first?
Here is your chance to be bad. Ravensburger Disney Villainous Strategy Board Game pits you against your friends and family to see who can accomplish their nefarious goals first. But there’s a twist; each villain plays differently. This means you are picking more than your favorite character or color at the start. Plus, naturally, those meddling heroes are in the mix, waiting to ruin your perfectly villainous plans.
Another variation on the Villainous line, Ravensburger Star War Villainous: Power of The Dark Side – Strategy Board Game is just the thing for a family who likes to spend time together long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Even better, all of the Villainous games are designed to be playable as a standalone, or in conjunction.
Another cooperative game, Ravensburger Disney Hocus Pocus sees you trying to save the townspeople by stopping the Sanderson Sisters from casting an evil spell. Will you make it in time? Or will the morning find you all ensorcelled?
An unlikely entry to the board games circuit, Funko has used their licenses for all sorts of popular characters to make games, as well.
Another game based on a classic Park ride, Funko Disney Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Game sees you mining gemstones while trying to avoid hazards. This deck-building game offers a mix of strategy and chance while you try to survive Big Thunder Mountain and beat the other miners.
Continuing with the ride theme, Funko Disney It’s a Small World Game is a charming take on the ride everyone knows. Collect cards from scenes in the ride by “spotting” them from your boat. As an added bonus, you could put the music from the ride on repeat while you play. If you wanted to.
And what set of Disney Park ride-inspired games would be complete without the Haunted Mansion? Travel around the Endless Hallway collecting matching sets of happy haunts, each worth a different number of points. But watch out for the hitchhiking spirits; they can spell doom in the Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion – Call of The Spirits: Disneyland Edition Game.
Once you’ve played all these games based on the rides, it’s time for one based on the park itself. Funko Disney Happiest Day Game Magic Kingdom Park lets you live out a day at the Park itself. Visit with characters, see sights, and live out the magic of a visit to Disney. Tinkerbell even “flies” over the castle to show the transition from day to night.
With a hearty lineup of games like these, you can have plenty of Disney family activities, practically any time you want. And with the range of simple to complex, you’re sure to find something to please almost anyone.
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