Games to Play between Disney Vacations (by Brandon, age 13)

Have you ever been longing for Disney between your Disney vacations?  Playing Disney games makes a great way to pass the time.  Throughout the years, Disney board games and video games have been an excellent help in keeping Disney on our minds in the time between our vacations.

My family has collected a massive number of well-known board games with Disney themes over the years.  Fun and exciting, these include Disney versions of Sorry, Monopoly, Bingo, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Wheel of Fortune, and Apples to Apples. Pirates of the Caribbean Life and Splash Mountain Sorry are also part of our collection.  These games are played the same way as the original versions, but with Disney features, characters, and designs.

Of all the Disney-themed classics, my favorite is Pirates of the Caribbean Life.  The characters that players may become are pirates from the first movie.  Instead of cars, they choose ships, some more valuable than others.  Scattered throughout the game are “Raid” spots on which players may challenge opponents to battles in order to collect booty (a.k.a. money).  Also, Life cards say pirate phrases and adventures and usually give Life tiles worth money.

My family has collected a few Disney DVD games, as well.  These include four Scene-Its (three Disney editions and a Pirates version) and Pirates of the Caribbean DVD Treasure Hunt.  Thrilling and engaging, these unique games entertain participants.

Among these DVD games, I prefer the second edition of Disney Scene-It.  In the Scene-It games, players roll two dice.  The larger square die has six numbers on it, which decides how many spaces the roller moves.  The smaller eight-sided die tells players what to do after they move.  “All Play” is a category in which any player can answer the question.  “My Play” is a clip on the DVD with a question at the end that only the roller can answer.  Take Three, Songs and Slogans, and Mousellaneous are categories on trivia cards that the roller alone can answer.  If the player rolls a question mark, he can choose among any of the categories, whether on the DVD or from the cards.

One game unlike any other is the Magic Kingdom Game.  Each participant has five cards, one from each section of Magic Kingdom.  To win, players must enter the park, travel to all of the attractions from their cards, and exit the park before any other player does.  One of my eight year-old brother’s favorites, this five-player game is one I greatly enjoy too.

My family also owns a few Disney video games for our Nintendo Wii, including Toy Story Midway Mania, Disney Sing-It, and Epic Mickey.  Toy Story Midway Mania is based on the attraction at Disney World.  Disney Sing-It uses a microphone and the player sings Disney songs.

Challenging and exciting, Epic Mickey is my favorite of the three video games.  The story line of this game is about the Sorcerer from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” creating a world for forgotten Disney characters.  However, Mickey accidently spills paint thinner on the new world, making evil enemies enter the land.  The leader of the adversaries literally pulls in Mickey, who must defeat him to save the people and escape.  Some levels are without doubt more exciting than others.  Incredibly tough, this game challenges even my dad, who has trouble completing some levels.  Nevertheless, I highly recommend Epic Mickey to gamers looking for a challenge.

Fun and excellent ways to fill in time between Disney vacations, these delightful games should be added to everyone’s wish list.  My family will always enjoy passing the time between our Disney vacations with these entertaining games.

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