Visit characters and attractions around Magic Kingdom park to earn points in this family game.
Funko Games, the company behind games like Funcover and Pan Ampublished Disney Happiest Day: Magic Kingdom Park Editiona kid-friendly board game inspired by the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort.
We had the chance to try Disney’s Happiest Day.
What is this game ? What is it about?
Disney’s Happiest Day is a family tabletop game for 2-6 players with a recommended age of 5+. The game challenges players to collect as many stars (points) as possible by visiting different attractions and characters around the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort.
Each game of Disney’s Happiest Day has an expected playing time of 20 minutes.
How do you play this game?
The Disney’s Happiest Day game board is double sided. One side features a colorful “map” of the Magic Kingdom park during the day, while the other side features a similar map at night. The map is made up of colorful paths that lead players to the various attractions and characters found throughout the Magic Kingdom park. The center of the board features a large Cinderella Castle figure, which is also double-sided, with one side depicting the castle during the day and the other side depicting the castle at night.
Before the game begins, players attach a Tinkerbell marker to the top of the castle character. Players will place Tinkerbell in the appropriate space on the character based on the number of people playing the game (the more players, the farther Tinkerbell starts from the top of the castle).
In each game, players will start with four maps featuring different characters and attractions that can be found throughout the Magic Kingdom park. Starting in Cinderella’s Castle, players will use a spinning top and colored balloon tokens to move their character around the park in an effort to reach attractions and characters on their maps. When players land on a location that features one or more of their needed attractions or characters, they can add the associated card(s) to their score pile. Each card has one to three stars, which are worth points at the end of the game.
The game’s spinner features slots that allow players to collect the colorful balloon tokens they need to move around the park. The spinner also has a spot that features an image of Cinderella’s castle next to a question mark symbol. When the spinner lands there, players can either travel to Cinderella’s Castle to draw more cards, or answer the question at the bottom of one of their cards to instantly travel to the corresponding location on the board . These questions are open-ended and will encourage families to talk about their favorite attractions, foods, and more around Magic Kingdom park.
While the game board is beautiful, it is also quite crowded and players may need to take a moment to research the different spaces they need to visit before taking a step. Paths between spaces are color-coded, and players can only move between two spaces if they have a balloon token of the matching color. Players don’t have to use all of their Balloon Tokens every turn, and they can save their extra Balloon Tokens to use later in the game.
This setup takes a while to get used to, since the board is so full of images and paths, but it also does a good job of testing the player’s observation and problem-solving skills. For example, if players cannot take the direct path between two locations because they do not have a balloon token of the correct color, they can spend multiple balloon tokens to take a longer route to the same location.
Although the game is technically competitive (each player tries to earn as many points as possible to win the game), it can also be played somewhat cooperatively. Simply put, we’ve found it fun to help other players find “backdoor” ways to get to the places they need.
Each time players end a turn on a station space or at Cinderella’s Castle, the Tinkerbell marker will move one point closer to the top of Cinderella’s Castle. Once Tinkerbell reaches the top, the game board is flipped over and players can begin visiting attractions and characters around Magic Kingdom park at night. Although the general layout of the board remains the same at night, characters will move to different spaces at night, and some of the paths between spaces may have changed color between day and night.
Once Tinkerbell reaches the top of the castle at night, the game ends and the player who has collected the most stars (points) wins.
Is this game fun to play?
We thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Happiest Day. Although the gameplay is simple, it requires just enough strategy and problem solving to be really fun without becoming overwhelming.
That being said, the game’s “cluttered” layout can be a bit overwhelming at first. Families can overcome this by working cooperatively if someone needs extra help. Groups could also play the game in teams rather than individually.
Anything else parents should know about this game?
Parents should know that the duration of the game is very customizable. While the game will tell players where to place the Tinkerbell marker on the Cinderella Castle character based on the number of players, groups can skip this requirement and place the marker wherever they want, depending on the duration during which they wish the game to last.
What is the final verdict?
Disney Happiest Day: Magic Kingdom Park Edition is a beautiful and fun board game for Disney fans of all ages. We highly recommend adding this one to your tabletop game collection.
Disney’s Happiest Day is available now for $24.99.
Disclosure: SuperParent has received Disney’s Happiest Day for hedging purposes.