Best Disney Board Games In 2023

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Board games become all the more fun when they cross over with one of your favourite IPs. Whether it’s a movie series, a video game, or any other media, most board games can easily adapt to include characters and storylines into the gameplay. In fact, come of the best adaptations change certain mechanics, like the Lord of the Rings edition of Monopoly.


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Disney, being one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world, and owning some of the most popular IPs, has an almost unlimited treasure trove of characters and stories that can be adapted into board games. For this list, however, we’ll keep things simple by sticking to traditional Disney and Pixar themed board games. Some of these adaptations may seem farfetched at first, but once you get into the mechanics, you’ll see that they blend perfectly. Here are the best ones you can buy right now.

Updated on September 25, 2023, by Vaspaan Dastoor: There is a whole host of Disney board games out there, including themed editions of popular board games. For instance Monopoly itself has numerous themed editions of Disney princesses, specific movies, Pixar, and even Star Wars. While those are great, in this update we’ve decided to focus on standalone games based on Disney properties. Both Dixit and Hocus Pocus: The Game feature original gameplay and mechanics, and will be a great time for any Disney fan.

Disney Villainous card game box

Disney Villainous

Best Artwork

It’s good to be bad

Have you ever thought of putting yourself in the shoes of Disney villains? While most of them are just comically evil, some have complex motives and aspirations. Disney Villainous is a tabletop game that lets you be the bad guy for once, and even lets you achieve their goals from their movies.

Pros

  • Gorgeous remastered artwork from movie scenes.
  • You get to make the bad guys win.
Cons

  • Slightly complex ruleset that’s not ideal for kids.

We’ve all had those days when we sympathize with, or even relate to the bad guys. Disney Villainous gives us the opportunity to live out that fantasy by crushing the pesky heroes and fulfilling our lifelong ambition of being evil. If that isn’t enough for you, it has stunning Disney artwork. The win conditions for each villain is also what they aim to achieve in their respective movies. You can further spice things up by getting the expansions packs of other villains, even including those from the larger Disney universe, like Marvel’s Venom/

Colour Brain: Disney Edition board game box

Colour Brain: Disney Edition

Best Memory Game

Color me Disney!

Colour Brain: Disney Edition is a great way to prove who the biggest Disney fan in the room is. All you have to do is put down the color card that answers the question on the card on the table. Since the rules are so simple, it’s perfect for kids of almost any age.

Pros

  • Extremely simple ruleset.
  • Easy for kids to pick up.
  • Wide player range.
Cons

  • Might make you doubt yourself.

So, you think you’re the biggest Disney fan around? What is the color of the right-most button on Buzz Lightyear’s suit? It’s questions like this that you’ll have to answer while playing Colour Brain: Disney Edition. The rules may be simple, but you’re going to have a hard time remembering the exact answer. This game will surely make you question your own knowledge.

Codenames Disney Family Edition

Codenames Disney Family Edition

Best Deduction Based Game

Having Mickey on your team is a big win

If you really likes playing Codenames, then the Disney Family Edition is a great way to get the whole family on board. It plays exactly like the original, except the theme is Disney characters, and not spies. Teams must guess which characters belong on their side based on clues by the selected player.

Pros

  • Disney twist to a classic game.
  • Simple ruleset.
  • Highly replayable.

Deciding if spies are cooler than Disney characters is a whole separate debate. But, if you think Mickey Mouse and gang are cooler, you can always swap to the Disney Family Edition of Codenames. It’s the same classic gameplay, but with a Disney makeover. This is also a great way to introduce the kids to Disney characters and play your favourite party game when the kids are around.

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition board game box

Talisman: Kingdom Hearts Edition

Best Adaptation

A board game world in Kingdom Hearts seems very probable.

Talisman is one of the most intricate and mechanics-heavy adventure board games on ther market. And Kingdom Hearts is one of the most beloved and convoluted video game series in the industry; sounds like a match made in heaven. Kingdom Hearts’ deep lore and complex characters lend perfectly to Talisman’s gameplay.

Pros

  • Perfect blend of two very complex entities.
  • Features iconic places and characters from the KH series.
Cons

  • Extremely complex gameplay loop.
  • A bit hard to find.

Both Kingdom Hearts and Talisman are known for their complexity in one way or another. And it’s this complexity on either side that makes them complement each other so perfectly. The artwork is also lovely, and will appeal to any fans of the series. Just don’t bother picking this one up if you haven’t played either of the two before, as you’re sure to be completely lost.

Toy Story: Obstacles & Adventures

Toy Story: Obstacles & Adventures

Best Adventure Game

“You are just a toy… in a board game!”

Toy Story: Obstacles & Adventures puts you in the boots of the beloved characters of the Toy Story movie series. Using the cards in hand, players must overcome various challenging situations involving characters and instances from the movies. This is a great one for those who love the series.

Pros

  • Features characters from the beloved movie series.
  • Multiple adventures to play.
  • Gets increasingly challenging with every adventure.

Ever wonder what it would be like to be in Woody’s shoes? Well, firstly, you’d have Andy written at the bottom of your shoes. Toy Story: Obstacles & Adventures is an adventure-style game where you’ll need to overcome multiple obstacles only using the cards in your hand. Make sure you use your head and don’t forget to check for snakes in your boot. It’s also a great way to relive the Toy Story 3 PlayStation 2 game. which was quite a banger.

The Haunted Mansion: Call Of The Spirits board game box

The Haunted Mansion: Call Of The Spirits

Most Unique Mechanics

For when you can’t visit Disneyland

Based on ther popular Disney attraction, The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits does a great job in translating the experience into a board game. Its unique board mechanics change things up, making each game feel very different from the last.

Pros

  • Great adaptation of the Disneyland attraction.
  • Unique board mechanics.

It’s not very easy to translate a physical attraction at Disneyland into a board game. However, The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits does a good job in using the same characters and setting and putting a unique spin on it. Set up as a horror game that’s not supposed to be scary, this one is more of a trip down memory lane.

Hocus Pocus: The Game

Hocus Pocus: The Game

Hocus Pocus: The Game is one of the most unique games on this list in terms of gameplay and also how it incorporates themes of the movie. PLayers will get to use the Sanderson Sisters’ cauldron and must keep placing coloured ingredient cards until cards of only one colour fill all the slots. Of course, the sisters will not take this lightly, and will keep throwing various spells at you to hinder your progress.

Pros

  • Great artwork inspired by the movies.
  • Requires communication between players without actually talking.
  • Features expansions with more ingredients and spells.

When it first came out, Hocus Pocus was quite a departure from the usual Disney content. So, it only seems fit that the board game also have a unique gameplay loop. And so, the creators decided to let players take charge of the Sanderson Sisters’ cauldron and brew a potion of their own. However, getting all the ingredients to match colours without speaking is no easy feat, especially when the sisters relentlessly bombard you with spells to stall your progress.

Disney Dixit

Dixit: Disney Edition

It only makes sense that Dixit would have a Disney edition, considering the number of stories and characters that come under it. It gives the gameplay a whole new dynamic from the original, thanks to the cast of Disney characters. What’s more, Disney fans will especially love this game thanks to the gorgeous original artwork on each of the cards.

Pros

  • Stunning original artwork of Disney characters.
  • A great item for Disney collectors even if you don’t play the game.
  • Even the miniatures are adorable.

Dixit and Disney go really well together thanks to the former’s gameplay and the latter’s abundance of stories and characters. The cards are beautifully designed and can even become showpieces if you don’t really want to play the game that much. PLayers must guess the Storyteller’s card based on a vague clue, however everyone’s interpretation of that clue is what makes Dixit all the more entertaining.


FAQ

What is the world’s most famous board game?

Monopoly is one of the most popular board games in the world due to its many adaptations and global appeal. It has also crossed over with many popular IPs and has been localized for a number of regions. For instance, there are numerous Monopoly editions based just on Disney characters and movies.

Which is the toughest board game in the world?

Technically, Chess could be considered as the toughest board game, due to the sheer number of complicated strategies involved. However, it’s only as tough as your opponent.

What is the oldest board game?

The Royal Game of Ur originated 4,600 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia and is the oldest known board game in the world.

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