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Which Disney Parks Board Game Should You Buy?

As part of the merchandise explosion surrounding Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration, we’ve seen everything hit the market, from pins to Funko Pops! to backpacks, all emblazoned with the “50th” logo and, of course, tinted rose gold.

Though lacking the distinctive color that’s come to define this celebration, a series of Walt Disney World board games based on classic Disney Parks attractions has also recently been released. These are relatively inexpensive tabletop games perfect for older kids and adults to play together to recreate their favorite theme park experiences for a little Disney magic at home!

Read on to learn more about these games and find out which Disney board games are the right fit for your own gaming group!

Disney PArk Board Games

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Jungle Cruise Adventure (Ravensburger)

Official Description: WANTED—Family seeks experienced skipper for safe, speedy voyage along the perilous river to Jungle Navigation Company Headquarters. Esteemed Company owner Alberta Falls will announce one of four families as temporary Company caretakers before going on sabbatical, and we’re in the running! Since we might be your future bosses, if you keep us on board, we’ll do the same for you. Payment dependent on arrival of cargo and passengers . . . preferably in one piece. Can you keep your passengers and cargo safe from jungle dangers, and find clues about which families have fallen out of Alberta’s favor along the way? The skipper who finishes with the most valuable freight of travelers and cargo will win . . . a cruise back home.

Ages 8+; 2-4 players; 40-60 minute playtime

Jungle Cruise Game

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Who It’s For: This is the Disney board game to get for the board gaming fan, as it has the most complex structure and the most in-depth game mechanics (not to mention the longest playtime)! Players become more immersed in the world of the attraction than in any of the other games, thanks to a healthy dose of the patented corny Jungle Cruise humor we all know and love. If you want to play a nice long (but not too long) game that lets you live out your Jungle Cruise skipper fantasy, this is the one!

The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits (Funko Games)

Official Description: Disney’s beloved The Haunted Mansion comes to life in this ghastly game of spooky spirits! Roam the Endless Hallway in order to contact the happy haunts that reside in the mysterious manor’s many rooms. Enlist the help of Madame Leota in the Séance Room, but avoid the Hitchhiking Ghosts, who move around the mansion haunting visitors with their ghastly appearance. Become too “haunted,” and you just might end up becoming the Mansion’s next resident!

Ages 8+; 2-6 players; 30 minute playtime

Haunted Mansion Board Game

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Who It’s For: Oozing with the spooky charm of the world-famous attraction on which its based, The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits is a great game to play later in the day – for better atmosphere, naturally! It will be a little too complex for younger kids, but a perfect night-ender for adults and groups with older kids and teenagers.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Funko Games)

Official Description: Step off the stagecoach and into the cursed mining town of Tumbleweed! Will you find fortune mining the mysterious mountain, or awaken its many dangers? Discover gold-filled veins, grow your mining operations with new equipment, and invest in the town’s businesses! With the right strategy, and a dash of good ol’ fashioned luck, you may strike it rich!

Big Thunder Mountain Board Game

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Ages 9+; 2-4 players; 45 minute playtime

Who It’s For: The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad game is up there with Jungle Cruise Adventure for its complexity, which is partially why it is suggested for ages 9 and up (its 45-minute playtime may also tax the attention span of younger gamers). This is ultimately a deck-building game, so it will appeal largely to fans of that genre as well as to Disney fans who just want to roll marbles down a molded plastic representation of the classic Magic Kingdom runaway train ride!

It’s A Small World (Funko Games)

Official Description: Celebrate the classic Disney attraction, “it’s a small world,” in this playful journey! Discover the joyful children and whimsical animals of the world. Collect colorful picture cards by spotting scenes that can be seen from your little boat. Can you collect the most cards before the end of the day?

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Ages 4+; 2-6 players; 20 minute playtime

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Who It’s For: With the lowest suggested age range and playtime of any of the games on the list, this one is perfect to play with the youngest Disney Parks fans in an experience that’s more Candyland than Monopoly (you might even call it a “Mickey Mouse”-level game)! The beautiful cards and 3D game board feature brightly colored illustrations meant to be visually appealing as much as to serve game mechanics, making for a family-friendly experience that won’t require the most intense of attention spans.

Space Mountain: All Systems Go (Ravensburger)

Official Description: Prepare yourself for a fast-flying board game adventure to the furthest reaches of space! Zip over wormholes and perform daring twists and turns around asteroids, comets, unknown planets, and more. Will you be the first brave pilot to visit all five Starports and complete your mission?

Space Mountain Game

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Ages 8+; 2-4 players; 20-40 minute playtime

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Who It’s For: Just as Space Mountain itself is all about speed, this is the most fast-paced game on this list – and it even features instructions on how to make it faster (as well as more child-friendly)! It’s the perfect game to pair up with a few others to make a longer game night, or to fit in a quick tabletop experience towards the end of a long day.

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